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The Mummy Returns (2001)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 4 May 2001 (USA)
The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.

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Storyline

Many years ago, in Ancient Egypt, the Scorpion King led a menacing army, but when he sold his soul to Anubis, he was erased from history. Now he is only a myth...or is he? Rick and Evelyn O'Connell are still discovering new artifacts, along with their 8 year old son Alex. They discover the Bracelet of Anubis. But someone else is after the bracelet. High Priest Imhotep has been brought back from the dead once again and wants the bracelet, to control the Scorpion King's army. That's not the only problem. Imhotep now has Alex and with the bracelet attached to him, doesn't have long to live. Written by Film_Fan

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Rated PG-13 for adventure action and violence | See all certifications »

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$98,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,139,035 (USA) (4 May 2001)

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$202,007,640 (USA) (28 September 2001)
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Trivia

Despite reports to the contrary, Stephen Sommers does NOT have a cameo as the man in the bathtub at Izzy's place. However, he does provide the "voice" of the man, heard faintly humming, as Sommers himself explains on the film's audio commentary. See more »

Goofs

In The Mummy the key was needed multiple times to open the Book of the Dead and the Book of Amun-Ra, but in The Mummy Returns, the Book of the Dead was opened and used many times without aid of the key. See more »

Quotes

Rick: [when Mummys appears] Oh, I hate these guys.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits feature objects in the background such as embalming cloth and walls with hieroglyphics. Some of the backgrounds relate to the character. When Arnold Vosloo's and Patricia Velasquez's credits appear, a mummy is seen in the background. When The Rock's credit appears, a scorpion crawls in the background. When John Hannah's credits appear, gold statues can be seen in the background (for his obsession of all things gold). See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever May Not Be Long Enough
Written by Glen Ballard and Edward Kowalczyk (as Ed Kowalczyk)
Performed by Live
Courtesy of Radioactive Records, J.V.
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Yeah, right, and no harm ever came from reading a book. You remember how that one went?
14 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the financial success of The Mummy two years earlier, the sequel was inevitable. The big players from the first film are back, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo and Oded Fehr. Stephen Sommers once again directs (and writes), Patricia Velasquez comes in to be a main player after her cameo in the first film, and young Freddie Boath plays the son of Rick and Evelyn who are now married. This time the cameo goes to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who plays The Scorpion King and who is replaced by a very bad CGI version of himself at film's finale.

When the second sequel, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), was released, Brendan Fraser went on record as saying that for The Mummy Returns they basically remade the film they had already made in 1999! This is absolutely true, some new characters and an expansion on the O'Connell romance have been put in to beef it up, while some Zombie Pygmies are around to add extra monster factor, but yes! It's a retread only with more money spent, more effects (and better effects apart from Scorpion King) and more noise. This actually is OK for those who enjoyed the first film immensely, because "Returns" is every bit as enjoyable as family blockbuster entertainment. The Worldwide box offices rang to the tune of over $330 million in profit. That's a lot of happy families you would think!

So yes, it's a bit of a cheat, but much like the film before it, it gets away with it because the makers do everything they can to entertain the action/adventure loving crowd. With legions of Anubis warriors, those awesome Pygmies and the all round funny by-play between a cast comfortable with the material (again), The Mummmy Returns delivers exactly what can reasonably be expected of it. 7/10


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