At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
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
When Mathayus is shot in the leg with an arrow, its length changes between when it breaks off and when he pulls it out. See more »
[the barbarian chieftain is holding up a skull]
We have killed Babylonians!
[the barbarians cheer, he holds up another]
We have killed Mesopotamians!
[the barbarians cheer]
But we have never had the pleasure of killing... an Akkadian.
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 »
In the UK the distributor, UIP, removed a headbutt in the final fight sequence between Mathayus and Memnon after advice given to them by the BBFC. This was done to obtain a more commercial '12' rating. See more »
Along the Way
Written by Steve Felton, Jeff Hetrick, Tom Schmitz, Jason Popson, Jack Kilcoyne, Dave Felton,
Produced by Steve Felton and Mushroomhead
Performed by Mushroomhead
Courtesy of Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc. See more »
In a prequel/spin-off of the Mummy films. the Rock takes his Scorpion King
character from "Mummy Returns" and supplants him into his own adventure
battling a effeminate tyrant who is trying to take over all the desert lands with the help of an even more effeminate prince who betrays his father (the father being played by Bernard Hill, King Theoden of "Lord of the Rings" I think) and the
sexy, sexually repressed sorceress Kelly Hu, whom the Scorpion King
romances the clothes off of (not that she had much in the way of clothes to begin with).
From here, the Rock would go on to do "The Rundown" and the remake of
"Walking Tall". While he may not be an actor, the Rock has a surprising amount of warmth for a guy who got his start as a wrestler, and he is generally at his best when he's being funny. Also here the Rock clearly doesn't take himself
seriously, which is probably how he should play it if he wants to succeed Arnold as the big action hero of Hollywood.
The film itself is a breeze to watch. One of the best bits includes the Rock's brawl with Michael Clark Duncan.
And remember, one history's tyrant is another history's hero.
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