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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 »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece of a Sophisticated Horror Movie 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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
The warning on Queen Kara's tomb read: "Do not approach the Nameless One lest your soul be withered. The Nameless One must not live again".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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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece of a Sophisticated Horror Movie, 6 May 2002
Author: Zoltan Carnovash (zoltanc666) from Germany

Ignore the bad reviews the movie got here - I guess they are by people who wanted to see something like "The Mummy" with Brendan Fraser, but this movie is something completely different. This is one of those sophisticated horror movies like "The Haunting" (1963) that build up extreme tension through great directing, acting and an unique score. No silly gore or mummies roaming the landscape. The photography and the directing is great and will capture you immediately. The acting is excellent, Heston is the right guy for this job, just like York and Zimbalist, who is wonderful in impersonating the innocent girl on the one hand and the wicked queen who wants to repeat the affair with her father on the other hand, and this shows one of the deeper meanings of the movie: incest. Kara was forced to marry her father (it was an usual custom in the ancient egypt). The movie is very well historically researched and can give you a lot of info about the ancient egypt. "The Mummy" gets every historic fact ludicrously wrong. This atmospheric movie is one you won't forget, especially the slightly melancholic ending (the melancholic note is delivered by the great score). Yes, you don't really know what will happen, now that Kara is free again, but this is even more than you will know when you have finished the novel, since the novel leaves *everything* unclear, even whether Kara is free or not. And Zimbalist looks simply *great* with that make-up, and her acting is wonderful. This is a movie just screaming for a proper DVD and soundtrack release!

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