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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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Keith Williams (story), Russell Mulcahy (story) | 2 more credits »
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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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The curse is legend. The terror is real. 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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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Louise Lombard and Sean Pertwee appeared in the television series Bodyguards (1996). See more »

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Sir Richard Turkel: Richard Turkel, August 15th, 1948, Day: 262. Nine months of digging, finally an entrance has been discovered. My hunch proved correct that along this secluded stretch lie a series of tombs but who would be buried here? A Pharaoh I presume? Hidden Safely from ancient thieves. Today We uncover the truth!
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Alternate Versions

The 88 minute US version is missing about 30 minutes of footage that exist in the international version. See more »

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References Horror of Dracula (1958) See more »

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Good cast, curious script
23 March 2004 | by BijouBob8mmSee all my reviews

I took a chance on this, based on the cast (Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Sean Pertwee, Lysette Anthony, etc.) and because I liked some of the director's previous films (HIGHLANDER, THE SHADOW). But this was definitely a film where the parts were greater than the whole. It had some good moments (and, like many mummy movies, the early scenes in Egypt were among the highlights), but overall the film's plot unraveled faster than the mummy's wrappings. (I would recommend one of Hammer's classics, be it the 1959 MUMMY or 1971's BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, over this.) I have to admit I have only seen the version released here in the U.S., which is 88 minutes compared to other running times of 115 and even 122 minutes, so maybe the longer cut would help. Would like to point out something, however: Throughout many of the reviewer comments made about the film on IMDB, it is repeatedly stated that writer/director Russell Mulcahy must be an American because of all the mistakes the movie made when it comes to London lifestyles...sorry, folks, but Mulcahy is from Melbourne, Australia.


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