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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

The four-minute parting of the Red Sea sequence took ten animators two years to complete. See more »

Goofs

After Moses and Tzipporah are wed, they go off to dance. As the camera starts to zoom between them towards Jethro, the animation of Tzipporah freezes. 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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Featured in Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 1 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Believe
(from The Prince of Egypt (1998))
Performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey
Whitney Houston appears courtesy of Arista Records
Mariah Carey appears courtesy of Columbia Records
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface) for ECAF Productions, Inc.
Words and Music composed by Stephen Schwartz
With additional music by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
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A triumph of graphic excellence
2 January 1999 | by merrywoodSee all my reviews

As the author of THE WORLD OF ANIMATION, an Eastman Kodak book which won three international book festival awards and as an animation writer-director, I have for many years longed for the U.S. animation industry to remember that Walt Disney, nor any of the pioneers of animation limited their art to children's audiences.

With THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, the DreamWorks animation team has finally taken us full circle and helped the United States join the rest of the world in offering us the first U.S. animated feature since, perhaps, FANTASIA, created for mature audiences while remaining child-friendly. If you aspire to art in any form, and/or specifically love line art and graphics as I do, you must not miss seeing this film on the big screen. I applaud DreamWorks for this triumph in graphic excellence.

Two brief critiques: First, the choice of story. The story is based on Exodus from the Old Testament (and other Scripture) which is scanty, to say the least. Although the studio made an effort to flesh out the story with the Ramses/Moses relationship there is simply not enough meat to go around. This opinion is debatable, a very minor aspect and only my view as a story teller. At the bottom line the overall work is so extraordinary any possible lack in literacy is more than made up for in the visual mounting and production of the film, something which is nothing less than inspiring.

The other criticism is in the highly questionable use of "name" voices for casting, a puzzling development since there is no meaningful box office data supporting it. This practice is known to conflict the viewer psychologically as the drawn images begin to do battle with the ones in the audience memory with the cerebral bridge of highly recognizable photo images of known voices. Walt Disney knew this quite well and avoided it. Indeed, he used the voice of a complete unknown for Snow White, Adriana Caselotti, (who passed away in 1997). Disney was careful to avoid the existing Hollywood queens of song of the period, Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin, the latter, whose prodigious vocal talent actually saved Universal Pictures from going belly up a short time later.

However, at the bottom line, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT will become a true classic and has taken the art of animation up to a new threshold, a model to which future animators will aspire.

Raul daSilva, New Haven, CT, USA


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