The Prince of Egypt (1998)

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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.

Film Overview
"The Prince of Egypt", released in 1998, is an animated scriptural legendary musical produced by DreamWorks Animation. The film informs the life story of Moses and is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus. It includes the voices of Val Kilmer (who plays Moses), Ralph Fiennes (Ramses), Michelle Pfeiffer (Tzipporah), and Sandra Bullock (Miriam), among others. This film is a skillful piece of animation with gorgeous visuals, a compelling story, and motivating initial songs.

Plot Summary
In the ancient land of Egypt, Moses is raised as a prince together with his adoptive bro Ramses (who is predestined to be Pharaoh) after being found in the Nile river as an infant. As adults, Moses and Ramses share a strong bond, but their lives take a remarkable turn after Moses discovers his true Hebrew parentage, which was kept secret by the Pharaoh Seti.

Moses is appalled by the enslavement of the Hebrews by the Egyptians and mistakenly kills an Egyptian guard throughout a skirmish. Leaving into the desert, Moses encounters God in the form of a burning bush in Mount Sinai, who commands him to go back to Egypt and deliver His individuals from slavery.

Moses' Mission and Ramses' Resistance
Going back to Egypt, Moses urges Ramses, now the Pharaoh, to "let his people go", but Ramses refuses. As an outcome, Egypt is afflicted by a series of ravaging supernatural plagues. Still, Ramses declines to release the Hebrews, resulting in the last and most terrible plague: the death of all firstborn Egyptians.

Moses instructs the Hebrews to mark their doors with lamb's blood, and the Angel of Death passes over these homes, sparing the Hebrew children and hence enacting the very first Passover. This tragedy finally compels Ramses to free the Hebrew servants.

The Exodus and Parting of the Red Sea
Moses leads the Hebrews on their exodus out of Egypt. When Ramses recognizes that his kingdom can not function without the Hebrew slaves, he leads his army to recover them. In a significant climax at the Red Sea, Moses, instructed by God, raises his personnel, parting the sea and producing a passage for the Hebrews. When the Egyptians follow, the sea closes, drowning them while the Hebrews reach the other shore unscathed.

Conclusion and Impact
"The Prince of Egypt" ends with Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, showcasing his change from a hesitant prince to a prophet, leader, and liberator. The film received crucial honor for its mature handling of the scriptural story, emotionally resonant storytelling, aesthetically stunning animation, and powerful soundtrack. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "When You Believe". Despite biblical adjustments frequently being controversial, "The Prince of Egypt" was praised for its regard for all faiths represented in the movie.

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