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The Prince of Egypt

Two brothers united by friendship divided by destiny 

Year: 1998 
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC U Cert – Universal 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells 
Starring: Val Kilmer (voice), Ralph Fiennes (voice), Michelle Pfeiffer (voice)  
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After the Pharoah decrees that all first-born males of the Israelites be killed, one mother sets her son adrift in a basket to save his life. The river takes him to the wife of the Pharoah, who instantly loves the child, naming him Moses, and raising him alongside her own son, Rameses; never telling either the truth.

Moses grows up living an easy life in the palace and doesn’t take life too seriously. This often ends up getting Rameses into trouble, though Moses is nearly as quick to get him out. One night, a twist of fate leads Moses to be reunited with his sister and discover not only the truth about his past, but the dark family secret about why he ended up in the river. Moses tries to accept and forget the truth, but knowing that he is the child of slaves, he cannot help but by moved by their plight. In trying to stop an old man from being whipped, he accidentally kills an overseer. Inconsolable and unwilling to live any more lies, he turns his back on everything he has ever known and wanders into the desert… Eventually he makes a new life for himself as a shepherd, but God has a plan for Moses – he must return to his brother, now Pharoah, and demand his people be set free...

Full of colour, stunning visuals, and experimenting with aesthetic styles, this is another DreamWorks gem. Featuring the vocal talents of an all-star cast: Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Ralph Fiennes, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Val Kilmer, and Jeff Goldblum, this is well worth a watch.

Gail Marshall

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Screenings of this film:

1998/1999 Summer Term (35mm)
1998/1999 Summer Term (35mm)
2021/2022 Summer Term (digital)