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Mysteries of Egypt (1998)

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Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh. Here, an old Egyptian is asked by his granddaughter about those mysteries of which we all heard in one way or the other.

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Bruce Neibaur

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Bruce Neibaur (story), Bruce Neibaur (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Omar Sharif ... Grandfather
Kate Maberly ... Granddaughter
Timothy Davies Timothy Davies ... Howard Carter
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Carnarvon
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Egypt is and ever was a place of mystery. Many rumors spread around the great Pyramids of Gizeh (the only one of the seven wonders of the world left), their age ranges - in different theories - between 3,000 and even 12,000 years. Here, an old Egyptian is asked by his granddaughter about those mysteries of which we all heard in one way or the other. The action takes us to Howard Carter, who, after years and years of searching, finally found King Tutankhamen's (Tut-ench-Amun) grave in 1922. This was a major event in archaeology, as this grave was never robbed and therefore in the same condition as it was left (est.) 1339 B.C. We also get to see the Nile's wells and other historic landmarks that make Egypt an important part of world history. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Visually striking, but the dialogue...yeesh!
2 January 2001 | by doctor-38See all my reviews

I caught "Mysteries of Egypt" on New Orleans' IMAX screen, and I must say that visually, it doesn't disappoint at all. The camera work, the scenery, the vistas were all magnificent, as they are in many IMAX travelogues.

Then they turned on the sound, and things went downhill. To tell the story of the discovery of King Tut's tomb, they enlisted Omar Sharif and lil' Kate Maberly. This gives it a family feeling, and allows for some of the most insipid dialogue ever heard on the ten-story screen. This in itself wouldn't be so bad, but the filmmakers allowed some very questionable facts about the creation of the pyramids to slip through. (They were built by legions of happy Egyptian farmers during the off-season, not by the throngs of Israelites they enslaved? C'mon, guys.)

When the film ended, there was a general murmur of dissatisfaction from the crowd, as people felt that they were shown something magnificent... but treated like idiots as they were watching it. By my estimation, that feeling was right on the money.

Rating: (visuals) 8 out of 10 (storyline) 3 out of 10


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English

Release Date:

21 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egypt See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Nile, Uganda See more »

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Gross USA:

$40,593,486

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,703,731
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1.44 : 1
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