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MPAA Rated PG for intense depiction of thematic elements

Sex & Nudity

  • The male slaves wear only loincloths.
  • A Hebrew slave woman is presented to two princes as a gift. She is wearing a midriff-bearing outfit. The princes proceed to haze her in what could be considered sexual harassment. (Also, some of the Egyptian "extras" wear similarly revealing outfits, but most don't.)
  • Moses is washed with the intrusive aid of some old women. We then briefly see him standing there with a small cloth/towel covering his groin until a robe is put around him.
  • In the morning scene after their wedding, a clothed Tzipporah is seen sleeping under covers. A clothed Moses kisses her and says "I love you" before exiting.
  • Some of the paintings/reliefs depict fleeting nudity, mostly during the dream sequence. Most of them are male infants (whose genitals are just apparent enough to make their gender evident), and at least one adult female (whose breast is showing, though not readily apparent). These are typical of ancient Egyptian art.

Violence & Gore

  • The opening sequence features the Pharaoh's soldiers killing the infant sons of the slaves. All of it is offscreen but no less intense. A relief (wall engraving) depicting this event is later shown.
  • We see several instances of slaves being whipped (sometimes repeatedly and with great vigor) and see others who have whip scar marks on their backs.
  • The Nile briefly turns into a river of blood while some guards are in the water.
  • A man whips an older man (a slave) for being slow, then another man comes and pushes him away, but pushes him off the side of the scaffolding. People gather round his body, but one man pushes through them and we see the body's arm and hand underneath wood and rope debris. He is dead.
  • Scenes of violence are generally fleeting, with violence implied more than graphically depicted.


  • Only insults are used including "weak link", "slave", "desert cobra".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A few characters are shown drinking what is most likely wine; however, there is no evident drunkenness at any time.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • During the song "Playing with the Big Boys" , a cobra is seen swallowing two snakes.
  • Many of the slaves suffering is intense for younger and older viewers alike.
  • Moses has a dream that shows him and other characters come to life as painted reliefs (wall engravings). In it, we see him being chased by soldiers, as well as those soldiers stealing crying infants from their mothers. We later see the final (non-moving) relief that depicts infants being dropped into a river where they sink down toward the waiting, open jaws of two crocodiles (that image may be unsettling to younger kids).
  • Images of the plagues striking Egypt include people having large boils on their skin and cattle dying.
  • A prolonged scene where the plague (in the form of a ghostly, whitish vapor) comes from a portal in the sky, wisps in and around the Egyptian and Hebrew homes, and kills people, including children, that were the first born (we hear the last gasp from several victims and see a young arm fall lifelessly to the ground) may be very scary or unsettling to younger kids.
  • There is a lot of destruction and visible suffering.
  • The most intense songs are "Deliver Us" and "The Plagues".
  • Overall the entire film is very emotional in its approach to its themes. Particularly in how much focus is put on the relationship between Rameses and Moses


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Violence & Gore

  • Many men drown at the end of the movie

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