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Release Date:
31 October 1980 (USA) See more »
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They thought they had buried her forever!
Plot:
An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
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Tension, thriller, suspense, and unsettling images set in Egypt and London. See more (36 total) »

Cast

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Charlton Heston ... Matthew Corbeck

Susannah York ... Jane Turner
Jill Townsend ... Anne Corbeck

Stephanie Zimbalist ... Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury ... Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers ... Dr. Khalid

Nadim Sawalha ... Dr. El Sadek

Ian McDiarmid ... Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman ... Yussef

Miriam Margolyes ... Dr. Kadira
Michael Mellinger ... Hamid
Leonard Maguire ... John Matthews
Ishia Bennison ... Nurse
Madhav Sharma ... Doctor
Michael Halphie ... Doctor

Christopher Fairbank ... Porter
Roger Kemp ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Albert Moses ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Newell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chris Bryant 
Clive Exton 
Allan Scott 
Bram Stoker  novel "The Jewel of Seven Stars"

Produced by
Harry Benn .... associate producer
Andrew Scheinman .... co-producer
Martin Shafer .... co-producer
Robert H. Solo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Claude Bolling 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
Salah Marei 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Jan Andrews .... hair stylist
Jeanette Freeman .... hair stylist
George Frost .... makeup artist
Nick Maley .... special makeup effects
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson .... production manager
Ahmed Sami .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Atef E-Taieb .... assistant director (as Attef El Taieb)
Peter Kohn .... second assistant director
Hugh O'Donnell .... third assistant director
Neil Vine-Miller .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tessa Davies .... set dresser
David Fyson .... production buyer
John Roberts .... set designer
Adrian Start .... chargehand painter
Terry Wells .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Brian Simmons .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Stunts
Alan Stuart .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cardiff .... camera operator: second unit
Alec Mills .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe master
Brenda Dabbs .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Les Healey .... assistant editor
Shirley Shaw .... assistant editor
Monte Hellman .... additional editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nancy Beach .... orchestrator
Marcus Dods .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Howard Pugh .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... titles
Hunt Downs .... unit publicist
John Southwood .... location manager
 

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105 min | Australia:101 min | USA:101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #25893)
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Trivia:
Charlton Heston said of this film in a 1979 interview: "I've read biographies of prominent Egyptologists such as Howard Carter and Brested. The film is based on a book by Bram Stoker who wrote it long before any Egyptian mummies were ever found. In fact, the discovery of an intact Royal tomb has only occurred once in history; Carter's discovery of Tutankamun, and everything in this film is keyed to that because it's the only material available".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Jane and Matt discover the tomb entrance, Jane reads the hieroglyphic inscription from left to right, but the direction in which the inscription is written is right to left, as shown by the birds in it which face the start of the line by convention.See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Tension, thriller, suspense, and unsettling images set in Egypt and London., 4 November 2009
Author: ma-cortes

A veteran archaeologist(Charlton Heston) in Valley of Kings, Egypt, discovers the coffin of a nasty queen ( Hatsetsupt ?) but open the tomb , the mummy's spirit is transfered to his baby daughter (one time grown-up is played by Stephanie Zimbalist), born from his wife (Jill Townsend) at that moment. His spouse flees and Heston falls in love with his archeology's partner(Susanna York).

This supernatural picture based on Bram Stoker's novel is packed with thrills, chills,suspense and wonderful outdoors from Egypt. The chief excitement lies in watching that new and innocent victim can be executed (Omen-alike) by the Egyptian mummy. The movie is full of grisly killings, terror, shocks and several eerie scenes. It displays a mysterious and sinister atmosphere, while the look is suitable spooky and frightening, the plot spreads to breaking point and the final turns out to be a bit frustrating. Appears as secondary Ian McDiarmid , today famous for his role as Chanciller Palpatine in Star Wars and Myrian Margolies who appears in Harry Potter films. Colorful cinematography by the classic Jack Cardiff and good musical score is composed by Claude Bolling. The motion picture is professionally directed by Mike Newell. He's a nice director film-making for BB television, dramas as ¨Enchanted April¨, ¨Mona Lisa smile¨, who achieved success as ¨Donnie Brasco¨and ¨Four wedding and a funeral¨, furthermore ¨Adventures of young Indiana Jones¨ series and ¨Harry Potter and goblet fire¨,among others.The film will appeal to Charlton Heston fans and Egyptian theme fonds.

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