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Follow the biblical tale of Moses (Ben Kingsley) as he places his unwavering faith in God and attempts to lead the children of Israel from enslavement to the Promised Land in this faithful retelling of the book of Exodus. From his encounter with the burning bush to the parting of the Red Sea, the reluctant but faithful leader leads the Israelites from the torments of the Pharaoh in this addition to the popular TNT "Bible Collection" series.
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Overview

Follow the biblical tale of Moses (Ben Kingsley) as he places his unwavering faith in God and attempts to lead the children of Israel from enslavement to the Promised Land in this faithful retelling of the book of Exodus. From his encounter with the burning bush to the parting of the Red Sea, the reluctant but faithful leader leads the Israelites from the torments of the Pharaoh in this addition to the popular TNT "Bible Collection" series.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Languages: English & Español; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Ben Kingsley portrays a very human Moses in this worthy production about the Old Testament figure. Unlike the heroic Moses of Charlton Heston in Cecil B. DeMille's lavish 1954 motion picture The Ten Commandments, the Moses of Kingsley in this Roger Young TV miniseries is ordinary, flawed, even timid at times. He stammers before Pharaoh. He cringes before the burning bush. He begs God not to bind him to the task of liberating the Jews. He anguishes at the report that only he survived the slaughter of first-born Jewish males. But Moses carries on, summoning a resolve born of his faith, as Kingsley demonstrates convincingly. Kingsley's Indian and Jewish heritage works well for him in Moses. Bearded and dark-skinned, with jet black hair, he looks the part of a Middle Eastern holy man. That he lacks the sinew and stature of Heston only enhances his performance, for his deeds become all the more impressive by comparison to his appearance. Christopher Lee and Frank Langella, though both wholly occidental, make fine father and son pharaohs -- haughty, uncompromising surrogates of Egypt's supreme being, Ra. Perhaps their acting background (each having once portrayed Dracula) gave them special insight into the undercurrents of the soul that can capsize a man's humanity. For the most part, the rest of the actors also perform with distinction. Although the film eschews the pomp and splendor of the 1954 DeMille production, it does use special effects to advantage when the time comes to part the Red Sea or turn a wooden rod into a cobra. All daytime scenes are tinted in amber, like Egypt and the Middle Eastern landscape. Night scenes take on a bluish patina. But there is a similarity between the colorful DeMille production and this one: God speaks to Moses in a deep, resonant voice. Perhaps He liked this production just as much as the earlier one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • UPC: 053939689624
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 3:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,411

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Moses
Frank Langella Memefta
David Suchet Aaron
Christopher Lee Ramses
Anna Galiena Ptira
Enrico Lo Verso Joshua
Geraldine McEwan Miriam
Maurice Roeves Zerack
Anthony Higgins Korah
Philip Stone Jethro
Anton Lesser Eliav
Anita Zagaria Jochabed
Dudley Sutton High priest
Federico Pacifici Hur
Urbano Barberini Nahbi
James Wilson Memefta (15 years)
Mark Lewis Guard
Loris Loddi Martial arts officer
Vincenzo Ricotta Midan
Franco Salamon Man 1
Sarah Thomas Midwife
Amy Werba Woman on bank
Technical Credits
Roger M. Young Director
Renato Agostini Special Effects
Paolo Biagetti Production Designer
Lionel Chetwynd Screenwriter
Raffaele Mertes Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Enrico Sabbatini Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Benjamin A. Weissman Editor
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Adopted (Credits) [8:59]
2. Hebrew Heritage [8:38]
3. Brave Egyptian [5:29]
4. New Family [4:02]
5. Mourning Pharaoh [1:32]
6. Burning Bush [6:13]
7. Chosen [6:28]
8. Words and Signs [8:06]
9. "Let My People Go" [4:13]
10. False Prophet? [4:44]
11. Stern Warnings [6:01]
12. Plagues [11:00]
13. Passover [5:31]
14. Exodus [4:22]
15. Deep Faith [3:01]
16. Parting the Waters [10:05]
17. Fiery Burden [:51]
18. Manna From Heaven [4:37]
19. Only One Man [6:15]
20. Mount Sinai [5:57]
21. Troubling Absence [10:34]
22. Vain Idolatry [5:31]
23. Broken Convenant [3:10]
24. Sanctuary [6:13]
25. Miriam [3:28]
26. Promised Land [5:01]
27. Losing Faith [10:33]
28. "Take Joshua" [9:41]
29. End Credits [10:20]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reccomended

    A most have movie. Not to many movies are filmed according to the scriptures. I recommend this particular Moses movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Great movie

    I really like this movie,I like the part about the manna from heaven, most of the Moses flims I saw don't have the manna from Heaven in them.A great movie from the beggining to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2002

    Great Movie

    Beautiful movie, good acting. It is worth watching it and owning it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2000

    ''The best Exodus film to date...but not quite 'Joseph'.....''

    Ben Kingsley has to be one of the finest Hollywood--as well as biblical, character actors in the world today. His Moses spans the life of the hero from youth to the old man most people think of when the name of Moses is mentioned. This film is the best version of the Exodus story to date. It is far superior to 'Ten Commandments', which stressed the spectacular at the expense of the accurate. This TNT version--while not quite as good as 'Joseph', is extremely accurate in its depiction of ancient Egyptian history. It stresses the Egyptian background of Moses' life, and doesn't just portray him as simply Hebrew alone. How nice to see Moses pictured as a highly trained soldier (which he surely was) in growing up in the Pharaoh's court! Especially novel is the portrayal of Moses' lisp, which could be a very accurate interpretation of the Biblical narrative's 'slow of speech'. While a bit more emphasis could've been placed on the fact that the plagues were specific judgments upon Egyptian gods, the film does a fine job in nearly every other respect. The next to last meeting between Moses and the Pharaoh (''MY name resounds in all the earth--and I let YOU live''!) is exceptionally well written, and the final meeting is wonderful. Moses speaks volumes in his silence! The parting of the Red Sea is pretty darn good (though the crossing is mysteriously speedy--even for an epic!), and the fact that the Hebrews crossed it 'on dry ground' is an excellent addition which most miss in the Bible, not to mention the film! Great job, here! The 'pillars of fire' which hold back the Egyptians are depicted as lightning, and this part is a real highlight! The film assumes Ramases and Mernepta are the major Pharaohs of the period. This might cause a little confusion to more conservative believers who place the Exodus earlier (1445 BC), and the Pharaoh as Thutmoses III. It will be especially confusing to 'Prince of Egypt' admirers, since Ramases there is Moses' friend, instead of the Pharaoh-father. All in all, this is a film well worth watching. Unlike 'Joseph' however, which never had a dull moment, 'Moses' is considerably less interesting after the crossing of the Red Sea. But it does fair justice to the Bible, and the acting is superb. One could hardly ask too much more from Hollywood!

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