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The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

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Philip LaZebnik, Nicholas Meyer (additional screenplay material)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Val Kilmer ... Moses / God (voice)
Ralph Fiennes ... Rameses (voice)
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Tzipporah (voice)
Sandra Bullock ... Miriam (voice)
Jeff Goldblum ... Aaron (voice)
Danny Glover ... Jethro (voice)
Patrick Stewart ... Seti (voice)
Helen Mirren ... The Queen (voice)
Steve Martin ... Hotep (voice)
Martin Short ... Huy (voice)
Bobby Motown Bobby Motown ... Rameses Son (voice)
Eden Riegel ... Young Miriam (voice)
Ofra Haza ... Yocheved (voice)
James Avery ... Additional Voices (voice)
Aria Noelle Curzon ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Ramses II and Moses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ultimately set them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on Earth, and the other the chosen leader of his people. Their final confrontation will forever change their lives and the world. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense depiction of thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prince of Egypt See more »

Filming Locations:

Glendale, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,524,321, 20 December 1998

Gross USA:

$101,413,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$218,613,188
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Changes were made to the story to make it work as an animated feature. Here is a short list of differences between the movie and the Biblical account of the Exodus.
  • 1. Moses was adopted by Pharaoh's daughter, not his wife.
  • 2. Moses murdered the Egyptian slave master, and even tried to hide his body. He did not kill him by accident.
  • 3. Aaron supported Moses from the beginning, and even helped perform some of the miracles of God. Aaron did not doubt Moses.
4. It was Aaron who turned his staff into a snake, and turned the water of the Nile to blood, not Moses. See more »

Goofs

At the end of Moses' dream sequence, as he falls into the Nile River, he passes a sun-disk with rays that end in the appearance of human hands. This method of depicting the sun is more typical of the reign of Akhenaten (1351-1334 BCE) in the 18th Dynasty and the Amarna period. This is so because of the quasi-monotheistic "heresy" of Akhenaten in which worship of the sun god became prominent. This scene, however takes place during the 19th Dynasty reign of Seti I (1294/1290-1279 BCE). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Overseers: [chanting] Mud... Sand... Water... Straw. Faster! Mud... and lift... sand... and pull... water... and raise up! Straw... Faster!
Hebrews: [singing] With the sting of the whip on my shoulder, with the salt of my sweat on my brow... Elohim, God on high, can you hear your people cry? Help us now, this dark hour... Deliver us, hear our call, deliver us, Lord of all! Remember us, here in this burning sand! Deliver us, there's a land you promised us! Deliver us to the promised land!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, there are verses from religious texts - the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Koran - in praise of Moses. See more »

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Performed by Steve Martin and Martin Short
Produced by John Powell
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
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Good Artwork, Good Story
6 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

The story of Moses is done here and, although not totally Biblically accurate, this is about as close as it gets in Hollywood. The inaccuracies are minor.

The artwork was fabulous when it came out in 1999. It's still very good, but animation has improved so fast in so short a time period that this is nothing special, art-wise, these day. However, it sure was when it was released just seven years ago. It's just beautiful in parts. Some of the prettiest colors I've seen on film have been in animated movies the last decade, and this is a prime example. The parting of the Red Sea in here is awesomely-done by the artists. That scene also sported the best sound in the 99-minute film.

The songs in here were nothing special but they didn't detract from the story because they were all short. Regarding the story, I only wish they had gone into detail on the plagues instead of just lumping them all together. They could have had some jaw-dropping scenes with the locusts, etc.

All-in-all a fine film and a rarity: a Biblical film that doesn't offend anyone.


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