The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt is a 1998 DreamWorks animated film based on the book of Exodus about Moses, an Egyptian prince who learns of his identity as an Israelite, and later his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people. This movie's 2000 direct-to-video prequel was Joseph: King of Dreams.

Year:
1998
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[After Rameses and Moses have wrecked the temple]

Seti:
Why do the gods torment me with such reckless, destructive, blasphemous sons?

Rameses:
Father, hear what I say--

Seti:
Be still, Pharaoh speaks! I seek to build an empire, and your only goal is to amuse yourselves by tearing it down. Have I taught you nothing?

Hotep:
You mustn't be so hard on yourself, Your Majesty. You're an excellent teacher.

Huy:
It's not your fault your sons learned nothing.

Hotep:
Well, they learned blasphemy.

Huy:
True.

[They both leave]

Moses:
Father, the fault was mine: I goaded Rameses on, and so I am responsible.

Seti:
"Responsible". And do you know the meaning of that word, Rameses?

Rameses:
I understand, Father.

Seti:
And do you understand the task for which your birth has destined you? The ancient traditions: when I pass into the next world, then you will be the Morning and Evening Star.

Rameses:
One damaged temple does not destroy centuries of tradition.

Seti:
But one weak link can break the chain of a mighty dynasty! [The Queen relieves him] [sighs in disgust] You have my leave to go.

Rameses:
Father...

[The Queen stops him and he leaves, offended]

Moses:
Father, you know it was really my fault. Must you be so hard on him?

Seti:
Moses, you will never have to carry a burden like the crown I will pass to Rameses. He must not allow himself to be lead astray; even by you, my son.

Moses:
All he cares about is... is your approval. I know he will live up to your expectations. He only needs the opportunity.

Seti:
Maybe, maybe so. Go now, I shall see you both tonight.

Miriam:
I knew you cared about our freedom!

Moses:
Freedom? Why would I care about that?

Miriam:
Because you... you're our brother.

Moses:
What?

Miriam:
They... they never told you?

Moses:
Who never told me what?

Miriam:
B-but you're here! You must know. [reaches to touch his hand]

Moses:
[pulling away] Be careful, slave!

Aaron:
[pulls Miriam back nervously] Oh, my good prince... um, she... she's exhausted from the day's work. Not that it was too much! We... we quite enjoyed it, but-but ah, she's confused, and knows not to whom she speaks!

Miriam:
[breaks his grip] I know "to whom I speak", Aaron! I know who you are, and you are not a prince of Egypt!

Aaron:
Miriam--!

Moses:
What did you say?!

Aaron:
Your Highness, pay her no heed! C-c-come, Miriam. May I discuss something with you?

Miriam:
[fighting him] No, Aaron. No! Please, Moses, you must believe! You were born of my mother, Yocheved! [breaks free of Aaron] You are our brother!

Moses:
Now you go too far. You should be punished!

Aaron:
[throws himself on ground between them] No! Please... uh, Your Highness... she's ill! She's very ill; we beg your forgiveness. Please, Miriam; l-let's go! [starts dragging her away]

Miriam:
No, Aaron! ...Our mother set you adrift in a basket to save your life!

Moses:
Save my life? From who?

Miriam:
[still struggling] Ask the man that you call father!

Moses:
How dare you...?!

[Aaron gives up and stands beside a wall, looking away]

Miriam:
God saved you to be our deliverer!

Moses:
Enough of this!

Miriam:
And you are, Moses. You are the deliverer!

Moses:
I said enough! [grabs her arm, throws her to ground] You will regret this night!

'Ephorah:
(Screams) What are you doing! Help!

'Ajolidoforah:
Wait!

'Jethrodiadah:
Leave us alone!

'Ephorah:
Let our sheep drink!

'Ajolidoforah:
Get away!

'Jethrodiadah:
Stop it! Our Father's the High Priest of Midian, you're going to be in big trouble!

[Moses watches this scene for a few moments, then notices two camels standing calmly on the other side of the sheep. Guessing that the must belong to the two brigands he sneaks over to them and unties their tethers.]"

Moses:
Hey you!(The two brigands stop wrestling with the girls and look at Moses) Aren't these your camels?

[The two brigands can immediately tell what is on Moses' mind. They lift their hands up to stop him. But Moses already has his hand on the camels rump.]"

Moses:
Hut Hut!

[He gives both camels a wallop on their rears and they go running off into the desert followed by the two brigands who have no chance of catching up to them for several miles.]"

[The three little girls stop to look at Moses in astonishment. Unlike their men folk he is mostly clean shaven bareheaded and except for his Egyptian kilt wears nothing. Days of wandering without food, water and rest have finally caught up to Moses and he collapses with exhaustion against the well, but the stone at the well shakes loose and Moses goes flying down into the water below.]"

[Moses has fallen into Jethro's well. Zipporah's sisters are trying to pull him out.]

Tzipporah:
What are you girls doing?

Jethrodiadah:
We're trying to get the funny man out of the well!

Tzipporah:
Trying to get the funny man out of the well. Well that's one I've never heard before. [looks down the well and see a figure] Oh! Oh, my! Don't worry down there! We'll get you out! Hold on! [sees that it is Moses] You! [lets go of the rope, nods, and saunters away]

Ephorah:
That's why Papa says she'll never get married.

God:
[whispering] Moses...

Moses:
Here I am.

God:
Take the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you stand is holy ground.

Moses:
Who are you?

God:
I Am that I Am.

Moses:
I don't understand.

God:
I am the God of your ancestors, Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

Miriam:
[disembodied] You are born of our mother Yocheved! You are our brother!

[Moses quickly removes his sandals and throws them behind him.]

Moses:
What do you want with me?

God:
I have seen the oppression of my people in Egypt, and have heard their cry. [sounds of screams and cracking whips] So I shall stretch forth my hand, and lead them out of Egypt, and deliver them into a good land. A land flowing with milk and honey. And so, unto Pharaoh, I shall send... you.

Moses:
Me? W-who am I to lead these people? They'll never believe me, they won't even listen!

God:
I shall teach you what to say.

Moses:
[disembodied] Let my people go!

Moses:
But I was their enemy. I was the prince of Egypt, the son of the man who slaughtered... their children! You've chosen the wrong messenger! H-how can I even speak to these people?

God:
Who made man's mouth? Who made the deaf, the mute, the seeing, or the blind? Did not I? Now go!

[Moses falls to the ground, cowering.]

God:
[soothing, lifting Moses up] Oh, Moses, I shall be with you when you go to the king of Egypt. But Pharaoh will not listen. So I will stretch out my hand and smite Egypt with all my wonders! Take the staff in your hand, Moses. With it, you shall do my wonders! [whispering] I will be with you, Moses.

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