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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Mummy can be found here.

While searching for buried treasure under Hamunaptra, an ancient Egyptian city of the Dead, English librarian Evelyn 'Evy' Carnahan (Rachel Weisz), her brother Jonathan (John Hannah), and treasure hunter Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) accidentally awaken the mummified remains of High Priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), buried alive over 3,000 years ago. Imhotep wants only to resurrect his lover Anck Su Namun...but he needs Evelyn's body to do it, and he'll do anything to get it.

The Mummy is a loose remake of The Mummy (1932), which was based on a script by American playwright John Balderston, who also contributed to Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) and covered the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb for New York World when he was a journalist. Balderston's script was rewritten for this film by screenwriters Lloyd Fonvielle and Stephen Sommers (who also directed The Mummy (1999)). Two sequels followed: The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). A novelization, also titled The Mummy, written by American writer Max Allan Collins, was released concurrently with the movie.

Yes, it would, and it is exactly for that reason that they put a curse on Imhotep so that, if he were to be resurrected, he would bring with him the ten plagues of Ancient Egypt. This may sound ill-advised to modern ears, but keep in mind that. in that age, people were still very fearful of the Gods. Putting such a heavy curse on Imhotep pretty much guaranteed that his followers wouldn't even consider resurrecting him. However, the ancient Egyptians did not realize that their religion would disappear over time and that people in the 20th century would be a lot more skeptical of ancient curses, especially Evelyn, a scientist who has little fear of ancient curses. That is why she reads from the Book of the Dead without realizing the dire consequences.

How does the movie end?

As Rick attempts to hold back Imhotep's mummified priests and Evy tries elude Anck-su-Namun, Jonathan manages to read the inscription on the cover of the Book of Amun-Ra, and the mummies stop dead in their tracks. Jonathan orders them to kill Anck-su-Namun, sending Imhotep into a rage. To control Imhotep, however, he needs the key to open the book (which is inside Imhotep's robe), so Rick charges Imhotep with his sword, cutting off his arm. Jonathan manages to retrieve the key, which Evy placed in the locks, open the book, and reads the spell that renders Imhotep mortal. Rick then runs his sword through Imhotep's abdomen and sinks him in the River of Death. Meanwhile, in an attempt to loot a heavy back of gold treasure, Beni (Kevin J. O'Connor) rests the sack on a lever that begins to close all of the trap doors in the pyramid. The four of them Evy, Rick, Jonathan, and Beni hurry to escape, but Beni gets trapped inside with a swarm of flesh-eating scarabs. Safely outside the city, Evy, Rick, and Jonathan watch as Hamunaptra crumbles into the sand. After Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr) thanks them for stopping Imhotep, Jonathan bemoans the fact that didn't get away with any treasure. 'I wouldn't say that,' Rick says and kisses Evy. In the final scene, the three of them ride into the sunset on their camels, and several pieces of gold can be seen poking out of Rick's saddlebag.

The ancient Egyptians in the movie, i.e., Seti 1, Anck-su-Namun, and Imhotep, are actual historical figures. However, that's where the accuracy ends. A simple look at their lifespans shows that these three characters could never have known each other. Imhotep (@2650-2600 BC) died over 1,000 years before the reign of Seti I (to 1279 BC). Anck-su-Namun (@1348-1322 BC) never knew Seti 1. She was wife of her half brother Tutankhamun 'King Tut'' (1332-1323 BC).

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