Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.
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
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 »
According to ancient writings, Gomorrah was one of many towns that once existed on the site of the modern Dead Sea. The area is much too small for the mammoth metropolis portrayed in the movie. 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 »
In what has been marked as a very anticipated film this summer, I bet you hands down that it is the only one which doesn't fall short. The Scorpion King comes through with great action, romance for all the ladies, girlfriends and Rock-ets, as well as comedy, and SNL shows how well The Rock does comedy (Not to mention the WWF!). This film takes time out to laugh at its self, which you have to respect an action film that knows it is not an Oscar winner. Overall, a movie that makes you say, "Now that was worth 8 bucks!" and really mean it this time. I thought that the movie had everything it promised and then some. A good beginning to what looks like a long run for The Rock in film. If you haven't seen this film yet - what is wrong with you!? Go...go now! The summer rush is just starting, and an old fashion "Conan"-style Action spectacular is just the way to kick it off!
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