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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 Moses and Ramses, 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:

El príncipe de Egipto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,524,321, 20 December 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,217,900, 16 May 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Schiff were considered for the role of Hotep. See more »

Goofs

During Moses's nightmare, Miriam is wearing pink (like she does throughout the rest of the film). When they arrive at the water's edge and the adult Moses sees his mother put his baby counterpart in the basket, Miriam is wearing orange. See more »

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[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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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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Playing with the Big Boys
Performed by Steve Martin and Martin Short
Produced by John Powell
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
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Credit where credit is due
28 December 1998 | by F$hydeSee all my reviews

This is very possibly the finest animation I've seen. Before commenting on the film as a whole, I want to make that clear, because in the inevitable rush to pick this film apart (the plot, the voices, the religious significance, the literary accuracy, the moral issues, the music, the comparisons with Disney and de Mille, etc...) one might easily become distracted from the aesthetic and technical triumphs of The Prince of Egypt, and that would be unfortunate. As someone who has an interest and appreciation of animation, I can say that this is the first film I've seen that successfully integrates computer-generated animation and traditional animation (and I've seen many attempts). More importantly, as someone who has eyes, I can say that the result is a visual experience of intense style and beauty. In fact, the initial depiction of Egypt is so breathtaking, that it seriously hinders the film's later efforts to vilify it.

Comparisons with Disney are inevitable, especially because Prince of Egypt employs tired Disney formula in an attempt, I assume, to remain economically viable. What a shame, since Disney hasn't made a decent film since Aladdin. I am referring, of course, to the unnecessary musical numbers and the two high priests, the film's comic relief, who are drawn grossly out of proportion to the other characters. Even worse than their unoriginality, however, is the open mockery of ancient Egyption religion and culture, which these two characters embody. I found their musical number especially appalling. On the other hand, it's a story in which the protagonists succeed only through a greater capacity for cruelty and destruction and the slaughter of innocent children, so it's kind of hard to nail down any concrete moral standard here.

In general, I thought the story was well told, with solid direction and a good script. The only complaint I have about the voice acting is that Jeff Goldblum's unmistakable mannerisms seriously distract from his character. I suspect that I wasn't really bothered by the others only because I hadn't seen a cast list before seeing the film. I wish they would stop relying on celebrity voices for animated features. No character can be effective if the viewer can't separate the voice from the actor supplying it.

The bottom line is, despite any objections, complaints, or concerns I might have about this film, despite the moral, religious, or idealogical issues it brings up, and despite the $8 and two hours you'll spend, this film is worth seeing. It's worth seeing because of the animation. I hope it sets a new standard for feature-length animated films. At the very least, I think it will show the movie-going public what the medium is capable of.


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