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The Prophet

Rated PG 85 minutes 2015

Kahlil Gibran's beloved spiritual guidebook gets an unlikely big-screen treatment from indie producer Salma Hayek and Disney writer-director Roger Allers (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin). Published in 1923, The Prophet is little more than a collection of sermons, which have been farmed out to such distinctive animators as Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Idiots and Angels), and Joan Gratz (her painterly take on Gibran's "Work is love made visible" is something to behold). To their bracingly bold and fluid segments Allers has added a narrative frame, executed in standard Disney style and reminiscent of the Christian gospels, in which the title character is hounded by the authorities in the little town where he's come to deliver the good news. Among the voice talent are Hayek, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski, Alfred Molina, and Frank Langella.

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Director: Roger Allers

Cast: Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Quvenzhané Wallis, Alfred Molina and Frank Langella

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