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The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

Director:

Stephen Sommers

Writers:

Stephen Sommers (screen story), Lloyd Fonvielle (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Rick O'Connell
Rachel Weisz ... Evelyn Carnahan
John Hannah ... Jonathan Carnahan
Arnold Vosloo ... Imhotep
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Beni Gabor
Jonathan Hyde ... Dr. Allen Chamberlain
Oded Fehr ... Ardeth Bay
Erick Avari ... Dr. Terrence Bey
Stephen Dunham ... Mr. Henderson
Corey Johnson ... Mr. Daniels
Tuc Watkins ... Mr. Burns
Omid Djalili ... Warden Gad Hassan
Aharon Ipalé ... Pharaoh Seti I
Bernard Fox ... Captain Winston Havelock
Patricia Velasquez ... Anck Su Namun
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Storyline

An English librarian called Evelyn Carnahan becomes interested in starting an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra. She gains the help of Rick O'Connell, after saving him from his death. What Evelyn, her brother Jonathan and Rick are unaware of is that another group of explorers are interested in the same dig. Unfortunately for everyone, this group ends up unleashing a curse which been laid on the dead High Priest Imhotep. Now 'The Mummy' is awake and it's going to take a lot more than guns to send him back to where he came from. Written by Film_Fan

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Taglines:

The sands will rise. The heavens will part. The power will be unleashed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The revolvers O'Connell carries throughout the movie are model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne 11mm often dual-wielding them with a unique way of loading them by spinning the cylinders. Maybe if the ejector rod has been pulled back and the loading gate is open, all he has to do is to point the loading gate downwards,using the force of gravity and cylinder spinning to make sure all cartridges are ejected, his arsenal also includes a Winchester 1897 shotgun, a Colt M1911-a period authentic pre-1924 M1911, not an M1911A1 (noted by the lack of a curved mainspring housing and no relief cuts around the trigger guard on the frame. Also, the grip safety spur is shorter than on the A1 while the actual trigger itself is longer)., M1928 Thompson submachine gun, sawed-off shotgun, Lebel M1886 (only during the French Foreign Legion battle) Normally these rifles hold eight rounds, but the ones used in the movie appear to be reloaded after every shot l It seems likely that, as the full loading process is so slow, it was simply faster and easier for the actors to fire one round at a time. This would also be appropriate given the frantic nature of the attack, another possible explanation is that it was not uncommon for rifles of the period to have a magazine cut-off. The Lebel is so equipped (as is the Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III, Springfield M1903, and Krag-Jorgenson rifles and carbines). Furthermore, the soldiers of the time were typically trained to chamber individual rounds during the bulk of the fighting, utilizing this magazine cutoff, and maintaining the magazine as a reserve of ammunition. This would have been exceptionally useful on a Lebel, given that it is not an easy rifle to load under pressure. The Lebel actually uses a tube magazine, like that of a Remington-Keene, or the ammunition being used for the rifles did not have a rim around the primer to prevent accidental discharges, thus requiring the rifle to be loaded with only one shot at a time, and a Balisong switchblade. See more »

Goofs

After being hanged and prior to boarding the boat, Rick is explaining to Evelyn about his troop believing in the city so much they marched across Libya. The movie is based in 1923 and the country was not referred to as Libya until 1934. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ardeth Bay: [narrating] Thebes, City of the Living, crown jewel of Pharaoh Seti the First. Home of Imhotep, Pharaoh's high priest, keeper of the dead. Birthplace of Anck Su Namun, Pharaoh's mistress. No other man was allowed to touch her. But for their love, they were willing to risk life itself.
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Crazy Credits

At the end credits of the film, the main cast and crews' names are first presented in hieroglyphics, then change into Roman(English) fonts that have a hieroglyphic-like look to them (the rest of the credits are also in this font). After the main cast and crew is named, the rest of the credits, instead of scrolling down in traditional straight lines, are staggered in snake-like patterns, while hieroglyphics are placed in various areas of the credits and on the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK DVD release is rated 15 and restores the footage cut from the cinema version to get a 12 certificate. See more »


Soundtracks

'Al Nahla Al 'Ali (The Tall Palm Tree)
Written by Metqal Qemawi Metqal, Yunis Al Hilali
Performed by The Musicians of the Nile
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd.
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Fun adventure film
6 July 1999 | by bjonesSee all my reviews

Here, the makers took the original stock horror film and turned it into an Indianajonesesque adventure in the tradition of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The most visually rich part of the film was the opening scenes set in ancient Egypt. I would love to see an entire film built around that. The sets and costumes were brilliant.

Especially tantalizing is the strictly painted-on attire of Patricia Velazquez as Anck-Su-Namum; what a stunning visual; but it completely upstages her performance. I have heard people talking about it. Some have mistakenly guessed her top was a mesh costume of some sort; not true, it is entirely - and only - paint.

But Velazquez isn't the only thing to turn heads in the film, Rachel Weisz is appropriately attractive, though not as startling; her character is as solid and believable as she is lovely.

The newcomer, Oded Fehr as Ardeth Bey, set quite a few female hearts aflutter; in our party, at least. The internet was lit-up searching for more photos of this guy.

At first, I didn't particularly care for Brendan Fraser as the primary character (he's too well kept and cutesy for a rugged guy-type for me), be he grows on you. He seems to be developing into a versatile actor who will be around for a long time. His work here is good too.

The special effects were the real star of the film, and they were visually rewarding and complimented the story in the right way in the right places. How Arnold Vosloo dealt with those in his role as the mummy Imhotep should be acknowledged. He must have had to imagine quite a bit of what he was interacting with to pull it off, and he does so with great style and substance for this type of role. He was nothing short of excellent.

In fact, most of the remaining characters were well chosen. Jonathan Hyde and Kevin J. O'Connor added to the film in important ways, too. Together, everyone painted an enjoyable film, delivering exactly what it promised; fun, action, and adventure.


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Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,369,635, 9 May 1999

Gross USA:

$155,385,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$415,933,406
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Color:

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2.39 : 1
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