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The Mummy (1999)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 7 May 1999 (USA)
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At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreak havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.


Stephen Sommers


Stephen Sommers (screen story), Lloyd Fonvielle (screen story) | 2 more credits »
316 ( 77)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Rick O'Connell
Rachel Weisz ... Evelyn Carnahan
John Hannah ... Jonathan Carnahan
Arnold Vosloo ... Imhotep
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Beni Gabor
Jonathan Hyde ... Dr. Allen Chamberlain
Oded Fehr ... Ardeth Bay
Erick Avari ... Dr. Terrence Bey
Stephen Dunham ... Mr. Henderson
Corey Johnson ... Mr. Daniels
Tuc Watkins ... Mr. Burns
Omid Djalili ... Warden Gad Hassan
Aharon Ipalé ... Pharaoh Seti I
Bernard Fox ... Captain Winston Havelock
Patricia Velasquez ... Anck Su Namun


An English librarian called Evelyn Carnahan becomes interested in starting an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra. She gains the help of Rick O'Connell, after saving him from his death. What Evelyn, her brother Jonathan and Rick are unaware of is that another group of explorers are interested in the same dig. Unfortunately for everyone, this group ends up unleashing a curse which been laid on the dead High Priest Imhotep. Now 'The Mummy' is awake and it's going to take a lot more than guns to send him back to where he came from. Written by Film_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Adventure Is Reborn. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for pervasive adventure violence and some partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


When Jonathan accidentally brings the army of mummies to life and they go after O'Connell, Brendan Fraser runs across skeletons that are floating in water to get away from the mummies while making the same sort of noise that his character George makes from George of the Jungle (1997). See more »


Imhotep speaks Hebrew very poorly: first, he mispronounces the words (using the consonant "w" instead of "v"); second, he makes severe grammar errors: he tells Beni "ulai uchal lehishtamesh bach" (= I may have use for you), but the word "bach" is used for female; he should have said "becha". See more »


[first lines]
Ardeth Bay: [narrating] Thebes, City of the Living, crown jewel of Pharaoh Seti the First. Home of Imhotep, Pharaoh's high priest, keeper of the dead. Birthplace of Anck Su Namun, Pharaoh's mistress. No other man was allowed to touch her. But for their love, they were willing to risk life itself.
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Crazy Credits

At the end credits of the film, the main cast and crews' names are first presented in hieroglyphics, then change into Roman(English) fonts that have a hieroglyphic-like look to them (the rest of the credits are also in this font). After the main cast and crew is named, the rest of the credits, instead of scrolling down in traditional straight lines, are staggered in snake-like patterns, while hieroglyphics are placed in various areas of the credits and on the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK DVD release is rated 15 and restores the footage cut from the cinema version to get a 12 certificate. See more »


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'Al Bahr Al Gharam Wasah (Love Is As Vast As A River)
Written by Mohamed Murad, Yunis Al Hilali
Performed by The Musicians of the Nile
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd.
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A Modern Classic!
1 April 2003 | by daria84See all my reviews

This movie is meant to be a classic. It is so ingenious and good that makes you watch it over and over again!

I actually watched this movie 6 times in the theaters, and then I bought the video and I lost count of how many times I have seen this movie.

It is about an Egyptian high priest Imhotep, who was caught having an affair with the Pharaoh mistress and consequently was punished with death and a curse. Then many centuries later, adventurer Rick O'Conell discovers him with Evy, and archeologist, Jonathan, her greed brother, and a group of Americans seeking for fame an glory.

This movie is great, the cast is so good, I never heard of any of them before this movie, except for Brendan Fraser who was in the super famous "George of the Jungle" movie. Anyways the performances are vey convincing, Brendan Fraser is great as handsome hero, Rachel Weisz is great as Evy, a clumsy but very intelligent egyptologist, John Hannah delivers the humor in this movie as Jonathan, the good-for-nothing guy who only cares about money, I have to mention Oded Fehr too, he was pretty good as the mysterious and attractive Ardeth Bay, the leader of the Mejais who is in charge to put the mummy back in his grave, and how can I forget the Mummy himself, Arnold Vosloo, who was, without any doubt, the best one in this movie. His performance is so good as the evil and sexy high priest Imhotep, he doesn't make you hate him, he makes you feel sorry for him! That is what I call "acting skills".

The plot is good, it's not a cheezy-horror flick or something like that, and the dialogues are awesome too :) Let's not forget the direction, Stephen Sommers does a great job. And special mention to the music, by Jerry Goldsmith, it was one of the best parts of this movie.

You get a lot of "candy eye" in this movie, for guys and girls, for guys you get Rachel Weisz and in the beginning of the movie you see the Venezuelan top-model Patricia Velazques as the unfaithful Anck-su-namun; and for girls you get Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr and of course Arnold Vosloo.

Anyways I highly recommend this movie, THIS IS A MUST-SEE. ***** out of *****

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Release Date:

7 May 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,369,635, 9 May 1999

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