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The Scorpion King (2002)

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A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathayus (as The Rock)
King Pheron
Tribal Leader
Esteban Cueto ...
Third Akkadian


In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Warrior. Legend. King.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey escorpión  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,075,875, 21 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the story is introduced and referenced in The Mummy Returns (2001) the storyline presented has nothing to do with this movie. See more »


Philos the Alchemist has gunpowder, which he claims is from China. Chinese "firepowder" was developed in the mid-200s BCE, and the movie is set almost 3,000 years before that. See more »


[first lines]
[the barbarian chieftain is holding up a skull]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Babylonians!
[the barbarians cheer, he holds up another]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Mesopotamians!
[the barbarians cheer]
Barbarian Chieftain: But we have never had the pleasure of killing... an Akkadian.
Jesup: [Tied up] May the gods have pity on you, for my brother will not.
[Mathayas storms in and kills the Barbarians]
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, only with the Universal logo and the title for the film at the beginning. See more »


Followed by The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior (2008) See more »


I Stand Alone
Written by Sully Erna
Produced by David Bottrill
Co-Produced by Sully Erna
Performed by Godsmack
Courtesy of Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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A reasonably unrealistic "Kimmerian" movie
28 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

To put it short, "The Scorpion King" is not a bad movie - for the genre. Just don't expect it to be realistic or have some deep plot.

If you have ever seen "Conan" movies, you probably know the setting: early ages, a bunch of "lost" civilizations, some "emperors" whose armies march the world and a lonely hero who tries to stop him. Blend in a touch of magic (old technologies, paranormal, whatever - just to taste), add some "slashnig" sequences - and - voilà - you get the movie.

Well, it sounds quite simple, but since "Red Sonja" I can't remember anything worth watching. Now this is the film: reasonably bad, quite cliché and not very imaginative. Still, it has quite a bit of eye-candy, and, in some sense, it's superior even to the famed "Gladiator" as it doesn't pretend to be any more than it is. Probably, it could have been at least 20 minutes longer, but let's blame it on the rising cost of production. Worth watching if you know perfectly well what you want. 7/10.

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