The Mummy

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Overview

Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep played by Arnold Vosloo was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be buried alive and ...
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Overview

Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000 years ago the high priest Imhotep played by Arnold Vosloo was given the all-important assignment of preparing the recently dead for their journey into the afterlife. However, Imhotep made one terrible mistake - he became smitten with Anck-Su-Namun, the mistress of the Pharaoh himself. Driven mad by jealousy and love, Imhotep murdered the Pharaoh, and his punishment was to be buried alive and suffer the torment of an eternal life in his wretched tomb. In 1925, a band of adventurers seeking fame and fortune - led by Rick O'Connel Brendan Fraser, an American expatriate who has joined the foreign legion, and Evelyn Carnarvon Rachel Weisz, an amateur archeologist - find a previously unknown burial site in Egypt. The team starts to dig, hoping to find lost riches, but instead they disturb the tomb of Imhotep, and soon the cursed priest rises from his grave to wreck vengeance on humanity. The Mummy was written and directed by Stephen Sommers, whose previous cinematic journeys into the past include The Jungle Book and The Adventures Of Huck Finn.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
Packed with comic-book thrills and spills, this roller-coaster ride of an adventure has more in common with the Indiana Jones series than it does with the moody, Expressionistic 1930s horror classic starring Boris Karloff. In their scramble to unearth the legendary City of the Dead, a charmingly klutzy female archaeologist Rachel Weisz and a dashing American adventurer Brendan Fraser accidentally disturb the tomb of a vengeful, lovesick mummy. Forget the bandages -- this shape-shifting demon masquerades as a sandstorm, conjures up the plagues of Egypt, and has an army of carnivorous beetles at his beck and call. With its eye-popping special effects and lighthearted laughs, this blockbuster hit is a pure rush of high-adrenaline entertainment.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
More an uneasy amalgam of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Terminator 2 (1991) than an homage to Boris Karloff and Karl Freund, this big-budget, end-of-the-century Mummy nonetheless delivers the genre's requisite thrills.The film plods somewhat in its opening act, but as soon as writer- director Stephen Sommers and company establish their threadbare premise, the action is swift and unrelenting. And you can forget the bandages with this Mummy: Sommers forgoes atmosphere and suspense in favor of CGI special effects and gross-out horror. Better yet, hero Brendan Fraser brings a bright, self-mocking element to the somewhat ludicrous proceedings, making the gory shocks all the more surprising. The film's Achilles' heel is an undercurrent of mean-spiritedness towards Middle Easterners and women; the latter is evident in the central character of Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), a bumbling archaeologist whose ineptitude is used to further the plot and add ostensible comic relief.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
A gaudy comic video game splashed onto the screen!

A gaudy comic video game splashed onto the screen!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • UPC: 096898464130
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell
Rachel Weisz Evelyn
John Hannah Jonathan
Arnold Vosloo Imhotep
Kevin J. O'Connor Beni
Stephen Dunham Henderson
Jonathan Hyde Egyptologist
Oded Fehr Ardeth Bay
Erick Avari Curator
Corey Johnson Daniels
Tuc Watkins Burns
Omid Djalili Warden
Aharon Ipalé Pharaoh
Bernard Fox Winston
Patricia Velasquez Anck-Su-Namun
Carl Chase Hook
Mohammed Afifi Hangman
Technical Credits
Stephen Sommers Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Patricia Carr Co-producer
Chris Carpenter Sound/Sound Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Sean Daniel Producer
Bob Ducsay Editor
Lloyd Fonvielle Original Story
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
James Jacks Original Story, Producer
Kevin Jarre Executive Producer, Original Story
Rick Kline Sound/Sound Designer
Giles Masters Art Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Reading Art Director
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Peter Russell Art Director
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Mummy

    Watched this movie and was so hilarious with Johnathan in it and action pack with Rick and Evie,Must watch if you are a mummy fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Exciting through and through!!!

    This a must see for all move lovers. Especially those that love action and adventure. While your at it pick the trilogy you won't be disapointed!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE WAS THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME.

    A MUST-SEE MOVIE. MAGNIFICENT, EXCITING, EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY. THE CHARACTERS WERE WONDERFUL, VERY INTERESTING, AND SOME SCENES WERE VERY ENDEARING AND FUNNY. I LOVE THE SUSPENSE AND THE WHOLE MOVIE WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY YOU SPEND TO SEE IT.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

    This is the first film of the best movie series. If you haven't seen this film you just have to see it. I love the whole series and have bought every movie. I love everything about this movie. It's just sad that the 2008 mummy movie replaces Evy. I hope they continue this movie series and bring the movie back to Egypt along with Rachel Weisz as the original Evy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes, another 5 star rating

    It's TRUE. The movie is a blast. The production values are very high - even the music is great. There is some darkness here, and it gets your attention. What did the ancient Egyptians believe? The movie has some truly amazing effects that will freak you out (which is intentional.) The mummy is granted the abilities to recreate the plagues of Egypt and has power over the sands of the desert itself. This is a must-buy and should be at mimimum a must-rent. WATCH IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie Ever

    I have it memorized and have watched it 500+ times...I actually had to buy a new DVD since I WORE out the first! GREAT Movie! Lots of action and suspense yet still funny! I watch it atleast once a week!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Awesome Movie!

    This movie is totally awesome! The actors, the action, the special effects are top notch. I love this movie so much I watch it almost everyday of my life! I fully recomend this movie expecially if you love Egypt, and adventure and action!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful

    A great film! I really recommend it if you like action/semi-creepy special effects. An excelent commedy...I know what I am buying myself for Christmas!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love ancient egypt

    I just love the way they done the movie, it was good and I love it. I can't wait to get my own copy on dvd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I LOVE this movie. It is and always will be my favorite movie of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The mummy

    I love this movie, it's the best. The special effects are the coolest. I would watch it every day if My mom would let me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Mummy

    The movie ''The Mummy'' was a great movie. It had action, special effects, and horror. The movie was basically about a group of people who went to Egypt to find a long- lost treasure but, instead they found a 3,000 year old mummy, and that's where the action begins. Starring Brendan Fraser and directed by Stephan Sommers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    better than the second one

    this movie is a lot better than the second one, because it is fresh and new. when you see the second movie you think where is the action, and when is it coming. the movie is awesome and should be seen by everyone who has any interest ancient Egypt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This should really get 10 stars

    This movie is the best movie I have ever seen. I have it on dvd and video and I have the soundtrack. The director, Stephan Sommers is brilliant and Rachel Weiz, Brendan Fraser, and John Hannah are just so perfect for thier roles. The musical score by Jerry Goldsmith is great ( buy the sound track. The special effects that ILM created for this movie are stunning and breathtaking. They truly are unbelievable. This movie is an action packed adventure filled with thrills, chills, and romance and alot of comic relief. The story and script are perfect and I'm very glad they made a sequal. Trust me, SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bestest One Yet

    I had never seen a movie better than this movie. I see it as an action-packed movie filled with loads of special effect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2001

    The Mummy

    This was a wonderful movie.Full of action and suspence.This was an exciting to watch if you ask me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2001

    Great Movie

    I love this movie. Everything is spectacular. And i love the special effects. Plus the ancient egyptian stuff rocks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2001

    What a great movie!

    This movie is so fun to watch. It has a mix of scary and funny moments. It's thrilling and adventure-packed, and usually a family movie. The graphics are incredible, and I think everyone would probably enjoy this video.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great period action movie

    This movie was extremely exciting throughout the entire movie with great special effects and action sequences. It was funny at times and filled with surprises. It was great to see a woman who takes charge of the situation and helps out and not always rely on the man to rescue her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2010

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