Wholly Moses (1980)

Director
Gary Weis

Main cast
Dudley Moore; Laraine Newman; James Coco; Paul Sand; Jack Gilford

Genres
Comedy

Description
Harvey and Zoey, two tourists in Israel, discover an ancient scroll about Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. Herschel receives the command from God to free his people from slavery, but Moses keeps getting all the credit.


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