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Ten Commandments airs tonight on Channel 27 - no 10:00 p.m. news

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MADISON (WKOW) -- TV historians say The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille's epic depicting the Exodus story in the Bible, has been an Easter-time movie staple since 1968.

The  story usually coincides with the celebration of Passover and tells of the children of Israel being led out of slavery in Egypt and into freedom in the Promised Land.  Many people also associate the showing with Easter weekend.  This year, Passover begins Monday evening at sundown and ends  the evening of Tuesday, April 18th.

The Academy Award-winning movie made in 1956 is 220 minutes long. It'll air on Channel 27 tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and because of that, there will be no 10:00 p.m. newscast.

Charlton Heston stars as Moses,  Yul Brynner fills the role of King Ramses and Anne Baxter plays Queen Nefertiti.

According to Wikipedia.org, The Ten Commandments is the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time in Canada and the US (131,000,000 estimated admissions) 

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