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Sphinx (1981)

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Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs: murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse.

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John Byrum (screenplay), Robin Cook (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley-Anne Down ... Erica Baron
Frank Langella ... Akmed Khazzan
Maurice Ronet ... Yvon Mageot
John Gielgud ... Abdu-Hamdi (as Sir John Gielgud)
Vic Tablian ... Khalifa
Martin Benson ... Muhammed
John Rhys-Davies ... Stephanos Markoulis
Nadim Sawalha ... Gamal
Tutte Lemkow ... Tewfik
Saeed Jaffrey ... Selim
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Aida
William Hootkins ... Don
Mark Kingston ... Carter
James Cossins ... Lord Carnarvon
Victoria Tennant ... Lady Carnarvon
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Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs: murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse.

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Beyond the sealed door was the last undiscovered treasure in Egypt - And it's all hers - IF SHE CAN GET OUT ALIVE. See more »


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Jill Clayburgh turned down the role of Erica Baron. See more »

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Pure Hokum but entertaining
6 March 2011 | by greene515See all my reviews

Lesley Anne Down plays Egyptologist Erica Baron who gets more than she bargained for when she becomes involved with the plundering of Egyptian artifacts on the black market, thrown in to this mix is murder, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse! 'Sphinx' is one of those enjoyable films which is pure hokum which makes for a passable rainy day film.

Frank Langella plays Down's mysterious love interest. John Gielgud who is credited as 'Sir' has a small role as an antique dealer, it's interesting to see John Rhys Davies in this production before he appeared in the similarly themes 'Raiders' the Egyptian locations look great as photographed by Ernest Day it's great to see this film in it's original aspect ratio, as i've seen this on television in dreadful 'pan and scan''Sphinx' would make a great 'drinking game' for instance take a drink every time Lesley Anne Down screams!


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Country:

UK | Egypt | Hungary

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$439,564, 16 February 1981

Gross USA:

$2,022,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,022,771
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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