Prince of Egypt

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: +3 1/2

DreamWorks Pictures' much anticipated animated film, PRINCE OF EGYPT, is a captivating rendition of the Biblical story of Moses and his struggle to free his Jewish people in Egypt. It starts with the mother of Moses setting him afloat on the Nile and his discovery by Pharaoh's wife who takes him in as her own son. In a unique twist, Moses (voice of Val Kilmer) and the Pharaoh's real son Ramses(voice of Ralph Fiennes)become close ,fun loving companions and indulge in some mischievous behavior. But when Moses learns from his sister and brother (voices of Sandra Bullock and Jeff Goldblum) of his Jewish heritage, and sees the cruel treatment of the Jewish slaves, he breaks with Ramses. He pleads with Ramses to release his people, but he refuses, and the saga of the plagues which befall the Egyptians and the departure of the Jewish slaves from Egypt is dramatically portrayed. The animation, special effects and musical score of this awesome Biblical epic are stunning. and the action and drama move along at a rapid pace. Even though many , if not most, viewers of the film will be familiar with the story, this animated reenactment of the famous Biblical drama is an engaging movie experience.

Of particular concern to Christian viewers is the Biblical accuracy and treatment of the story content. The producers state in the introduction to the film that they have striven to "be true to the essence, values and integrity" of the story, and they have done that to a reasonable extent. But they have taken some artistic and historical liberties. For example, the boyhood companionship of Moses and Ramses is a product of the producers' imagination , and in the film Pharaoh's wife, not his daughter, discovers Moses floating in the Nile. Also, one minor aspect of Moses' burning bush experience with God was adapted from the Koran. Some very intense scenes in the film show deadly plagues, slaves being whipped unmercifully and the painful work burden of the slaves. But the film is devoid of any significant offensive elements, and Biblical miracles and beliefs are portrayed respectfully. The film was purposefully not developed as a children's film and is appropriate for a broad range of ages. Although it is not a strict portrayal of the Biblical account, it is an acceptable and reverent account of this inspiring Biblical story.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
DreamWorks Distribution, 100 Universal Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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Crude Language: None.

Obscene Language: None.

Profanity: None.

Violence: Many Times-Moderate( Slaves whipped cruelly, threatening chariot race and property destruction, woman treated harshly, man hits woman, slaughter of babies implied, guard accidentally killed, severe plagues of frogs, insects, disease, fireballs and death of the first born in families; chase threats and soldiers drowned in sea)

Sex: None.

Nudity: None.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Once (man kisses bride after wedding night.)

Drugs: Implied once-wine drinking

Other: Biblical account accurate with some minor artistic and historical liberties; respectful attitude toward Biblical events, miracles and religious faith; Egyptian priests perform witchcraft magic.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Persons 8 years and older, but particularly adults.

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