Mister Moses (1965)

113 mins | Comedy-drama | 1965

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HISTORY

Filmed on location in Kenya, on the shores of Lake Naivasha, and in the Amboselli Game ... More Less

Filmed on location in Kenya, on the shores of Lake Naivasha, and in the Amboselli Game Preserve. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Frank Ross Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Titled backgrounds painted by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Mister Moses by Max Catto (London, 1961).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Houston opening: 14 April 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Talbot Productions
Copyright Date:
8 March 1965
Copyright Number:
LP30560
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
113
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Joe Moses, an American circus man, diamond smuggler, and self-styled medicine man, is dumped into a river by enraged African natives he has swindled. Left to float unconscious downstream, he is caught in the bullrushes near a village that is to be flooded upon the completion of an irrigation dam. Despite the pleadings of Anderson, a missionary, the natives refuse to leave by helicopter because they cannot take their animals with them. Joe appears and puts on a magic show by setting fire to a bush, and the natives hail him as a second Moses and demand that he lead them to "The Promised Land." Joe's reluctance to do so is quickly overcome by Anderson's daughter, Julie, who threatens to expose his diamond smuggling. Adding to Joe's problems during the long, arduous trek is Ubi, the U. S.-educated son of a witch doctor who resents Joe's influence with the natives. Attempting to expose Joe as a false prophet, Ubi accidentally perishes in flames. At the journey's end the district commissioner, Julie's former fiancé, fails to arrest Joe and allows him to walk into the African bush. Julie hurriedly tries to explain to her father why she loves Joe and then runs after ... +


Joe Moses, an American circus man, diamond smuggler, and self-styled medicine man, is dumped into a river by enraged African natives he has swindled. Left to float unconscious downstream, he is caught in the bullrushes near a village that is to be flooded upon the completion of an irrigation dam. Despite the pleadings of Anderson, a missionary, the natives refuse to leave by helicopter because they cannot take their animals with them. Joe appears and puts on a magic show by setting fire to a bush, and the natives hail him as a second Moses and demand that he lead them to "The Promised Land." Joe's reluctance to do so is quickly overcome by Anderson's daughter, Julie, who threatens to expose his diamond smuggling. Adding to Joe's problems during the long, arduous trek is Ubi, the U. S.-educated son of a witch doctor who resents Joe's influence with the natives. Attempting to expose Joe as a false prophet, Ubi accidentally perishes in flames. At the journey's end the district commissioner, Julie's former fiancé, fails to arrest Joe and allows him to walk into the African bush. Julie hurriedly tries to explain to her father why she loves Joe and then runs after him. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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