The Prince of Egypt

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

14 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When Ramses and Moses are chariot-racing, Moses' facial hair and eyebrows are black instead of dark brown.

Correction: I've watched the chariot scene several times to make sure: Moses' beard and eyebrows are brown, except for when he goes under these wooden roofs. The shadow darkens his hair.

Corrected entry: When the princes are racing with chariots in the beginning, they pass a painting on the wall. Ramses turns his head around to look at it. Look at his hair tail, it blows straight towards us - against the wind.

Correction: This is caused by the motion of his head turning. The wind has little effect on short hair in a braid.

Corrected entry: The two priests of Rameses have mustaches and beards and hair on their heads. Ancient Egyptian priests shaved all their body hair as a purification ritual.

Correction: Many officials in Egypt wore false beards and wigs as a sign of authority. The female pharoahs are even recorded as wearing beards.

Corrected entry: When Miriam tells Moses that his mother is Yocheved, she slightly mispronounces the name. She pronounces it Yo-he-ved. The actual pronunciation would have a stronger sound on the -che, kind of like a rolled -h sound, with a very slight -k sound preceding it.

Correction: Since the character wouldn't have been speaking English to begin with, this can be attributed to the spoken language being different from the one which the name originates. She is speaking English and delivered the English pronunciation of the name.

Phixius

Corrected entry: After Moses and Ramses mess up the statue with their horse race, when the Pharaoh is talking to them, Ramses' hair is dark brown instead of black.

Correction: Dusty from having just left the scene of the broken statue.

Phixius

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, the pyramids appear as a sandy-stone color, while in reality, the newly built pyramids would have appeared as white with a gold top.

Correction: They weren't all that new at the time of the exodus.

Phixius

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, a line from the song Deliver Us is playing as Moses returns from the mountain with the Ten Commandments. The line is as follows: "Deliver Us to the Promised Land" However, in the time line of the exodus from Egypt when Moses received the Ten Commandments, the Israelites were still wandering in the desert, not in the promised land as the song suggests.

Correction: It was a long journey for the Hebrews to reach the promised land, it didn't just stop there. The filmmakers obviously wanted to end the movie at that point because the film was already very long, and they didn't want to add yet another half hour showing the Hebrews wandering around. And by reaching the other end of the Red Sea, the Hebrews achieved their goal of getting away from the Egyptians. So, theoretically, they did reach the promised land, which was freedom for them.

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Corrected entry: In the movie, the woman who found and raised Moses was the Pharaoh's wife. In the Bible, it was the Pharaoh's daughter who found Moses and raised him.

Correction: Once again, they show in the beginning of the movie that they changed some of the things that were written in the Bible in order to benefit the movie. Judging that this is a very minor change made in order to entertain the audience, it is not a mistake. Pharoah's daughter is never shown in the film, while his wife is shown many times. It may have confused the audience (particularly younger children) if they showed a very minor character (not to be shown in the film at any later point) find the baby.

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Corrected entry: When Moses' adult sister sings the lullaby that his mother sung to him as a baby, he becomes nervous and runs away. However, if he was too young to remember being put the in the basket, he should not remember the lullaby, either.

Correction: He is heard humming this throughout his time as a prince. Sometimes songs we hear as children can imprint in our minds.

Corrected entry: When the high priests are naming the Egyptian gods, they mention "Vishnu" at one point. Vishnu the Preserver is a Hindu god, not an Egyptian god.

Correction: According to the lyrics at http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/princeofegypt/playingwiththebigboys.htm, the priests do not mention Vishnu. In fact, they mention Reshpu/Resheph, a definitely Egyptian god (god of plagues).

Corrected entry: According to the Bible Moses' brother Aaron did most of the speaking before the Pharaoh as Moses claimed he could not speak well. Aaron also performed some of acts that caused the early plagues, such as the water to blood. Aaron believed in Moses, he did not doubt him.

Mark English

Correction: According to the Bible, yes. But film-makers are allowed artistic licence.

Corrected entry: According to the Bible, Ramses tried to kill Moses after he killed the Egyptian. in the movie, he tries to stop him from leaving Egypt.

Correction: According to the Bible, yes. But film-makers are allowed artistic licence.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film we see Moses standing on Sinai Mountain with the chessboard and underneath him all the Hebrews are happy. This never happened in The Bible. The Hebrews maid themselves a golden cow and forget the alliance with God. When Moses saw it, he broke the chessboard.

Correction: You never see if the Hebrews are happy or not. You just see thousands of people and Moses who's a a mile off and cant see that the Hebrews are bowing to the golden cow unless he has eagle vision. Moses did destroy the tablets later when he arrives at the camp but we dont see that(The tablets are not ever called a chessboard).

Corrected entry: When Moses has his dream as a painted figure on the wall, at one point, he falls off a small cliff while the soldiers chase him. He ends up in "hell" with the babies and the crocodiles. While he's falling, behind him, there is an image of a sun whose rays finish in hands. This is the symbol of the god Aten. However, Aten was not yet a god during the time of Moses. He didn't even exist. The Pharoh Akhnaten, who reigned during the eighteenth Dynasty, introduced the short lived cult of praising the god Aten. Moses, however, was said to have lived during the thirteenth Dynasty, when Ammon, the ram-god, was most powerful, and Rameses II ruled. Another indication that the symbol of Aten is out of place is because during the song "Playing with the Big Boys Now", the priests mention a whole bunch of other gods, such as Ra, Ptah, Thoth and so forth. When Aten was being worshipped, he was the only god: there was no other god apart from him.

Correction: Whilst it is true that Aten was not worshipped during the time of Moses, Akhenaten actually came before Ramses II. Akhenaten was a 18th dynasty pharaoh, and Ramses II a 19th (not 13th) dynasty pharaoh. As the Bible never mentions the pharaoh by name, some more radical scholars date the exodus back to the 18th dynasty, under the reign of Akhenaten's father, Amenhotep III. This is not the generally accepted view, though. Most assume the pharaoh of the Bible was either Ramses I, Seti I, or Ramses II.

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During the plague when the fire and rocks are falling from the sky, they fall behind a statue of Rameses and are seen through its hollow eye holes. It makes for a great image, but that would mean that the statue's eyes were punched out like a mask, even though before they were just carved into the stone.

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2 differences between The Bible and the Movie. 1) Aaron did not doubt Moses in the Bible. In fact Aaron did most of the speaking before Pharaoh and actually performed some of the miracles. 2) Moses murdered the Egyptian task master. He did not accidentally kill him. Pharaoh wanted to kill Moses because of this, not try to convince him to stay.

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