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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Horror, Thriller, Mystery  |  8 May 1980 (USA)
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After an archeological expedition discovers the tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen, many of the scientists, engineers and workmen begin mysteriously dying off.

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When archaeologists open up the tomb of the Egyptian pharoah Tutenankamen, they see an inscription that places a curse on anyone who violates the tomb. Soon people who were involved with the excavation begin dying mysteriously. Written by Anonymous

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Filming started with 'Ian Mcshane' as Howard Carter but he was injured in an automobile accident. Robin Ellis was cast at very short notice. See more »

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If you're not already asleep, this film will do the trick
13 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fictitious King Tut curse has long had an appeal for nearly everyone, but it's never been adapted to film in any effective way. Despite it's fairy-tale status, or possibly because of, it's a tailor-made story for the screen, big or little, but this TV-movie is a complete failure.

The cast, mostly effective and the best thing about the production, does as good of a job as they can with the dreadful script and complete lack of effective location filming. If they truly did film this in Egypt and England, the director should be shot because of the lackluster scenery he chose. Except for a few scenes, it looks like it was done on a backlot. This story is filled with good dramatic potential, but the scriptwriters took advantage of none of that, or the history behind Carter and his years in Egypt, nothing that could have elevated this beyond the usual TV dreck.

Robin Ellis is a good enough actor, but he had no business being cast as Howard Carter. That is one of the major flaws; he is simply unbelievable as Carter since he doesn't seem to care one way or another about the tomb. Harry Andrews does better as Carnarvon; he exudes the correct air of privilege. Eva Marie Saint is completely wasted and also completely unnecessary to the story, and seriously gets in the way. Tom Baker plays an Egyptian in his usual compelling manner, and could be called the standout of the cast. That's not saying much since the mummy case is a better actor than most of the cast; perhaps the director could only identify with a slab of wood.

The single worst aspect of this film are the artifacts themselves. If they were going to do this, they should have made quality copies. The priceless treasures from the tomb are important to the story and you can't make bad copies; it shows too glaringly that they ARE copies. The propman must have gone out to a kindergarten class and had them do the papier mache' work; for 5 year-olds it would have been good, but for a production studio to manufacture something that bad is beyond belief or explanation.

If you must watch something on the Curse of King Tutankhamen's Tomb, find the "In Search of..." episode that deals with it; it's not great, but at least it's shorter.


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