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Tale of the Mummy (1998)

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Centuries ago, under the sands of ancient Egypt, a Prince was buried and his tomb eternally cursed so that no man would ever again suffer from his evil ways. But hundreds of years later on ... See full summary »

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Russell Mulcahy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Scott Lee ... Riley
Louise Lombard ... Samantha Turkel
Sean Pertwee ... Bradley Cortese
Lysette Anthony ... Dr. Claire Mulrooney
Michael Lerner ... Professor Marcus
Jack Davenport ... Detective Bartone
Honor Blackman ... Captain Shea
Christopher Lee ... Sir Richard Turkel
Shelley Duvall ... Edith Butros
Gerard Butler ... Burke
Jon Polito ... Parsons
Ronan Vibert ... Young
Bill Treacher ... Stuart
Elizabeth Power Elizabeth Power ... Mary
Cyril Nri Cyril Nri ... Forensics
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Centuries ago, under the sands of ancient Egypt, a Prince was buried and his tomb eternally cursed so that no man would ever again suffer from his evil ways. But hundreds of years later on a greedy search for treasure, a group of archaeologists break the cursed seal of the tomb. Every man vanishes without a trace, leaving behind only a log book, and a deadly warning of the legend of the bloodthursty Talos. Fifty years later, the log book ends up in the hands of the granddaughter of the head archaeologist, and she defiantly sets out to retrace his steps. Discovering the forbidden treasure, she recovers a sacred amulet and once again unleashes the savage power of the tomb. Racing through the streets of London, and against the force of a rare interplanetary line-up, she, along with the help of her original dig team and an American detective, desperately try to turn back the inhuman curse and to keep Talos from destroying all in his path in an attempt to gain immortal power. Written by Spanner <Spanner@Aol.com>

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Cuando profanaron la tumba, el espíritu de la momia resurgió See more »


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Rated R for violence and gore, and for some language | See all certifications »

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USA | Luxembourg | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Scott Lee and Sean Pertwee appeared in Soldier (1998). See more »

Quotes

Bradley Cortese: He's waiting in purgatory for the day of his rebirth -- which happens to be this Thursday!
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The 88 minute US version is missing about 30 minutes of footage that exist in the international version. See more »

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No wonder it had trouble finding a producer
12 March 1999 | by Morbius-7See all my reviews

It has been well publicized in specialty magazines that Russell Mulcahy had trouble finding a producer for this pet project of his, which would finally show on screen a startling effect that the classic Hammer film THE MUMMY (1959), due to technical limitations, could only show on its poster -- a walking mummy with a light beam going through a hole in his chest. Well, no wonder potential backers were not that much interested: no matter how interesting that effect could be, Mulcahy's plot idea is simply the most ridiculous notion ever proposed for a mummy flick. Here the BANDAGES that wrap the mummy are the monster! Those pieces of Egyptian gauze fly, kill people, extract selected organs from their victims (how?) and carry them along (how again?) to some arbitrarily defined spot in order to fulfill your standard prophetic destiny. A good cast is wasted in comic-book roles and situations that make no sense (Why would an American cop take charge of a Scotland Yard investigation? What's in it for the "surprise" villain for his/her commitment?) and the single most laughable closing shot in a genre movie. (Schrader's version of CAT PEOPLE at least justified having its main characters howl and growl, but would a reincarnated mummy behave the same way?) Worse of all is the incoherent script, which caps an elaborate (if unconvincing) buildup of situations, motives and circumstances with an idiotic, cheap-shot "shock" ending that contradicts and denies everything that happened so far.

One usually is compelled to root for maverick filmmakers who are willing not to compromise their vision and push their projects over the stubborn narrow-mindedness of conservative producers. This time, however, the latter were right: TALOS THE MUMMY was a rotten idea and a complete waste of resources.


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