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The Mummy (1999)


Coming Out at 16 April 1999 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The Mummy is action horror film written and directed by Stephen Sommers. It is a remake loosely based on the 1932 film of the same title and stars Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O’Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in the titular role as the reanimated mummy. The film follows adventurer Rick O’Connell as he travels to Hamunaptra, the city of the dead, with a librarian and her brother, where they accidentally awaken Imhotep, a cursed high priest from the reign of the pharaoh Seti I.

Filming began in Marrakech, Morocco, on May 4, 1998, and lasted seventeen weeks. The crew endured dehydration, sandstorms, and snakes during work in the Sahara desert. The film was the first to use the natural crater formation Gara Medouar, which was later used in the Bond movie Spectre (2015) and others. Industrial Light & Magic provided visual effects and blended film and computer-generated imagery to create the mummy. Jerry Goldsmith provided the orchestral score.

In Thebes, Egypt, 1290 BCE, high priest Imhotep has a love affair with Anck-su-namun, the mistress of Pharaoh Seti I. Imhotep and Anck-su-namun kill Pharaoh after he discovers their affair. Imhotep flees, while Anck-su-namun kills herself, believing that Imhotep would be able to resurrect her. Imhotep and his priests steal her corpse and travel to Hamunaptra, the city of the dead, but the resurrection ritual is stopped by Seti’s bodyguards, the Medjai. Imhotep’s priests are all mummified alive, while Imhotep is sentenced to suffer the Hom Dai, the worst of Egyptian curses: his tongue is cut out, and he is buried alive with flesh-eating scarab beetles. He is sealed away in a sarcophagus at the feet of a statue of the Egyptian god Anubis and kept under strict surveillance by the Medjai, sworn to prevent Imhotep’s return.

Director: Stephen Sommers

Writers: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre, John L. Balderston (1932), Nina Wilcox Putnam, Richard Schayer

Stars: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O’Connor, Jonathan Hyde, Oded Fehr


Brendan FraserRick O’Connell
Rachel WeiszEvelyn Carnahan
John HannahJonathan Carnahan
Arnold VoslooImhotep
Kevin J. O’ConnorBeni Gabor
Jonathan HydeDr. Allen Chamberlain
Oded FehrArdeth Bay
Erick AvariDr. Terrence Bey
Stephen DunhamMr. Henderson
Corey JohnsonMr. Daniels
Tuc WatkinsMr. Burns
Omid DjaliliWarden Gad Hassan
Aharon IpaléPharaoh Seti I
Bernard FoxCaptain Winston Havelock
Patricia VelasquezAnck Su Namun
Carl ChaseHook
Mohammed AfifiHangman
Abderrahim El AadiliCamel Trader
Jake ArnottMummy
Mason BallMummy
Isobel BrookMummy
James Traherne BurtonMummy
Peter ChequerMummy
Porl SmithMummy
Ian WarnerMummy
George Lane CooperArab Assassin at the Boat
Sean CroninHigh Priest
Ray DonnSoldier
Howie DoroughSoldier
Andrew EliasPriest
Lisa-Beth HarrisParty Guest
Alex LorreImhotep Servant
João Costa MenezesStevedore
Taylor MurphyMummy #1
Jim TemplarSoldier
Paul WoodadgeSoldier on dock

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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