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The Scorpion King (2002)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mathayus (as The Rock)
... Memnon
... Balthazar
... The Sorceress
... Philos
... Arpid
... Takmet
... Thorak
... Jesup
... King Pheron
... Queen Isis
... Chieftain
... Tribal Leader
Esteban Cueto ... Third Akkadian
... Torturer
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Storyline

In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King. Written by Anonymous

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Warrior. Legend. King.


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

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19 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey escorpión  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,075,875, 21 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,047,077

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,333,180
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Trivia

This was Bill Hader's last film as a production assistant. He'd freelanced on several film and television projects. He quit after working 20 hours straight one day on the film's Mystery Mesa set in California. Dwayne Johnson later hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) when Hader was a cast member. See more »

Goofs

In the desert, Philos announces that all he needs to finish his explosives is "Peter of Salt", which is found everywhere around him. Saltpeter is found naturally in caves and dry, rocky areas, not the desert. 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 »

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Referenced in Shanghai Kiss (2007) 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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Tied Too Loosely To "The Mummy"
8 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

"The Scorpion King" is a prequel from the "Mummy" franchise. However, fans of the previous "Mummy" movies may be in for a disappointment. Granted, the imagery may be impressive, and the action is exciting, but apart from a very few details, "Scorpion King" may as well be a completely different movie. In quality, it fares about as well as the average sword-and-sandal epic. There is a camp factor that hangs over the story, that you feel when listening to some passages of dialogue. Also noticebale are Grant Hislov's comic relief role as Arpid, and Kelly Hu as the belly-baring sorceress Cassandra. Wrestling fans may enjoy this vehicle for the Rock, but I don't think many others will.


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