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The Scorpion King (2002)

A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.

Director:

Chuck Russell

Writers:

Stephen Sommers (story), Jonathan Hales (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dwayne Johnson ... Mathayus (as The Rock)
Steven Brand ... Memnon
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Balthazar
Kelly Hu ... The Sorceress
Bernard Hill ... Philos
Grant Heslov ... Arpid
Peter Facinelli ... Takmet
Ralf Moeller ... Thorak
Branscombe Richmond ... Jesup
Roger Rees ... King Pheron
Sherri Howard ... Queen Isis
Conrad Roberts ... Chieftain
Joseph Ruskin ... Tribal Leader
Esteban Cueto ... Third Akkadian
Nils Allen Stewart ... Torturer
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Storyline

In ancient Gomorrah, thousands of years before the Pyramids, the remaining free nomadic tribes are forced to form an uneasy alliance to put an end to mighty King Memnon's reign of tyranny. One of the few survivors and the last of the Akkadians, the brave assassin, Mathayus, is entrusted with the impossible task of executing Memnon's fortune-telling sorceress, Cassandra, only to find himself up against a seemingly indestructible evil army. Now, with the help of his new powerful allies, including the great warrior, Balthazar, Mathayus returns to the legendary city to infiltrate Memnon's impenetrable fortress in the desert and exact his revenge. Is Mathayus destined to be the next Scorpion King? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Warrior. Legend. King.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scorpion King See more »

Filming Locations:

June Lake, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,075,875, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$91,047,077

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$167,164,779
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| (extended)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Dwayne Johnson, lying on his back, springs to his feet. Director Chuck Russell wanted to include a physical feat which only Johnson could perform. Russell said he had never seen a 6-foot, 3-inch man do that. See more »

Goofs

When Mathayus escapes from the harem, he cuts the gong and rolls it away for cover, without returning his sword to its sheath. When he drops into Cassandra's chamber, he immediately draws his sword. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[the barbarian chieftain is holding up a skull]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Babylonians!
[the barbarians cheer, he holds up another]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Mesopotamians!
[the barbarians cheer]
Barbarian Chieftain: But we have never had the pleasure of killing... an Akkadian.
Jesup: [Tied up] May the gods have pity on you, for my brother will not.
[Mathayas storms in and kills the Barbarians]
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There are no opening credits, only with the Universal logo and the title for the film at the beginning. See more »

Alternate Versions

German version was shipped to cinemas prior to final certification with UIP Germany expecting a "Not under 12" rating. But the German ratings board slapped the film with a "Not under 16" rating so the film was edited for violence two days after release for the more commerical lower rating. See more »


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Along the Way
Written by Steve Felton, Jeff Hetrick, Tom Schmitz, Jason Popson, Jack Kilcoyne, Dave Felton,
Marko Vukcevich
Produced by Steve Felton and Mushroomhead
Performed by Mushroomhead
Courtesy of Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Just know what to expect
31 December 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Not particularly enjoying either Mummy flick, one might think that I wasn't looking forward to this. It's actually the other way around; with Sommers out of the director's chair, there was hope for something good. And really, as long as you don't think that this is more than it is, you may enjoy it. Think of Conan. Yes, this is a sword-and-sorcery adventure picture. No, it's not that compelling of one, but it can be entertaining. If you wondered where the titular character of this came from, well, here is... uh... some of that story. They do say that the first step of any journey is the hardest, so perhaps it is fitting that this isn't that great of a movie. The Rock has zero charisma(he needs to assign experience points to that), and while there are one or two talented actors(Michael Clarke Duncan... why?) in this, there is no impressive performances. Steven Bland... sorry, Brand... makes a decent enough villain. The kids are nearly the worst of the bunch, second only to the never chuckle-worthy, always irritating comic relief(thankfully, he gets bashed in the head a few times). While I don't understand why they went for so much Jackie Chan(meaning, with props) martial arts, I gotta say, the fighting is pretty cool and can be exciting. Director Chuck Russell(of The Mask and Eraser) gets about all that he can out of the extremely clichéd script, and makes a film that can be fun, if you're in the mood for it. Also, it deserves mention that he, probably realizing that it wasn't going to turn out that excellent, peppered it with hot chicks, many of them showing off cleavage. My god, Kelly Hu spends what appears to the majority of her screen-time with her legs entirely uncovered(well, as close as she could possibly get without this losing its PG-13 rating)! There is sensuality and mild violence, as well as a bit of potentially disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of this sub-genre. 6/10


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