The Bible Stories: Moses

Network Premier: September 24, 1996
DVD Release: September 24, 1996
The Bible Stories: Moses
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Synopsis

Faith in God. Escape from slavery. The two great themes from the Old Testament book of Exodus are given thrilling new life in this recreation of how Moses led the children of Israel from bondage in Egypt to freedom in the Promised Land.

Dove Review

“Moses” is an epic story retold in memorable fashion through dramatic word, visually beautiful special effects and authentic artifacts and costuming. The film follows the life of Moses from Hebrew babe rescued from certain death to adoption into Pharaoh’s palace. The twist comes when Moses realizes he is not Egyptian, but Hebrew, and from that moment his life becomes different from the privilege afforded him as a member of the Pharaoh’s palace.

The makers of the film did an excellent job with a story line that follows the recording in the scripture. In a few areas, the writers took some creative liberty to flesh out the story for production, but overall the interpretation lends itself toward accuracy.

An especially stirring encounter occurs at the burning bush when God confronts Moses with his assignment to be the deliverer of the Israelites. Moses pleads with God repeatedly to reconsider. He insists he is the wrong man for the job. God assures a terrified Moses He will be with him. Face down and petrified, Moses seems not like a man who will deliver millions of people from captivity, but a humble and broken one who knows all too well his inadequacy and humanness.

The Bible comes to life in this movie. The crossing of the Red Sea on dry land with the chariots and horsemen of Pharaoh in pursuit is powerful. While no Hollywood portrayal of the Exodus out of Egypt can ever capture the vastness and impossibility of the task, this rendition of the monumental journey is one of the best, and we are pleased to approve it for viewers 12 and older, as intermittent violence and a vivid animal sacrifice may not be suitable for younger children.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Murder of Egyptian, beating of slaves with fist and whip
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: Vivid animal sacrifice

Info

Company: Shout! Factory
Director: Roger Young
Producer: Lorenzo Minoli
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 184 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Nancy Bouwens