The Mummy

Corrected entry: When the city of the dead is sinking into the sand at the end of the movie, Beni becomes trapped in the treasure room. As the ceiling comes down it crushes the reflective mirror Rick shot earlier, meaning there has to be a light source coming from above to reflect on the mirror to begin with. So even if the mirror was damaged, there still should have been adequate light in the room instead of being completely dark.


Correction: The room Beni was in was closing up, walls were coming down all around. The moment the mirror got destroyed the walls blocked the last light source, wherever it was.


Corrected entry: Ardeth and his men are supposed to be the descendants of the warriors who buried Imhotep at the beginning of the film. They claim to have sworn to keep Imhotep from ever arising from the dead, so why is the key to the book and Imhotep's sarcophagus just lying around for Rick to magically find as he claimed? Shouldn't this very important key have been in the possession of Ardeth's people all along, or even destroyed?


Correction: Simple, they didn't know it was there, only the sarcophagus. Even though they have protecting the site for generations it's not impossible to think only the protection of the site remains as their objective after thousand of years of protecting it. This whilst the location of the key and book got lost in time. All they know is they need to keep people away from the mummy.


Corrected entry: As Benny drags his bags of loot out of the temple, there's suddenly a bunch of camels chained up outside. O'Connell and the crew flew in on a plane, Evie and Benny came by sandstorm, so who brought the camels?

Doc Premium member

Correction: There's already an entry about this in the Corrections section.

Phaneron Premium member

Correction: As the other correction states, this entry was already submitted and corrected. But to briefly elaborate, those are camels from the earlier expedition, which were abandoned at the city. Remember, quite a few people died, and they were forced to flee quickly, so they obviously didn't take all the camels with them. Simple as that.


Corrected entry: After the American who wears glasses has had his eyes and tongue taken by Imhotep, he still is able to articulate words pretty well, which, if his tongue was really gone, would be impossible-try talking without moving your tongue sometime, and see how unintelligible you are. (01:04:25)

Correction: It is not true that one cannot verbalize at all without a tongue. Actually the actor does a pretty good job simulating the effect a missing tongue would have on a person's speech. (Ignoring for the moment the fact that a person who just had their tongue and eyes ripped out wouldn't talk at all but scream pretty much non-stop for the time being).

Doc Premium member

Corrected entry: When our heroes open Impotep's sarcophagus, Evie translates something carved into the inside of the lid ('He has left us a message') For someone trapped inside a coffin while alive he carves quite neatly doesn't he? (00:56:30)


Correction: Given the fact that according to the script he was buried alive and slowly eaten by scarabs over a period of years, he sure had all the time he needed to figure out a way to neatly carve a handful of letters, didn't he?

Doc Premium member

Corrected entry: The Pharaoh accuses Anck Su Namun of cheating on him as soon as he sees the smudged body paint on her arm - but she could have just smudged the paint herself by scratching. As a system of checking whether she had cheated on the Pharaoh, perfect body paint would constantly fail, whenever she bumped into or leaned on anything or scratched.

Correction: She would have been trained not to smudge the paint, because smudging it would mean the death penalty. The Pharaoh is a very unreasonable man, making his wife wear body paint to make sure she isn't cheating. I don't think he cares why the paint would be smudged, he won't believe any other explanation.


Correction: It wasn't that the paint was just smudged; as another correction points out that could happen in any one of a number of ways. It was that it was smudged with fingermarks. Nobody was allowed to touch Anck Su Namun, and someone had.

Corrected entry: In the final return to The City of the Dead, O'Connell and company return in the RAF plane, Imhotep, Evelyn, and Beni fly in on a sand storm. But after Benny discovers the treasure vault, he runs outside to get a camel from the huge herd waiting there... now where did that herd come from?

Correction: Those are leftover camels from the earlier expedition that were abandoned. Remember, when they were first exploring the city, quite a few people were killed both by Imhotop and by the invading Magi. When they fled, they simply left the camels belonging to the deceased party-members behind.

Correction: This "herd" is from the first trip to Hamunaptra with Rick, Evie, Beni, and Americans. Now it's not clear exactly how everyone who survived got back to Cairo but it's reasonable they used the horses and camels to get back. But given that the Americans brought more then 3 dozen workers with all the equipment they'd need, it's quite likely at least a few camels got left there. Which all makes sense as Rick and Co arrive the second time via the airplane and Imhotep, Evie, and Beni arrive via Imhotep's sand tornado thing. Neither of those groups having camels with them. So when Beni starts loading gold/treasure onto a camel near the end, it must be from the first visit they all made especially since the camels are all ready strapped up and ready for riding anyway. So after defeating the mummy, when Rick, Evie and Johnathan are seen leaving on camels, one of them being the camel Beni loaded, these are the camels left from that first visit. If you think not because they must have been away for days at least, if not longer, between the two trips... Well... Camels can last months without water and such in the typical Egyptian weather. So it's entirely plausible and realistic for those camels to be the ones from the first visit to Hamunaptra after the boats destruction.

Corrected entry: When O'Connell and the others are escaping Imhotep's crazed followers they crash the yellow car and abandon it. The next morning they are seen arriving at the old RAF pilot's camp in the same car which shows no sign of damage. Were all of the cars in Egypt yellow and the same model or did they sneak back to retrieve that one taking it to an all night Egyptian body and fender shop before setting off to rescue Evie? (01:27:20 - 01:30:00)

Correction: They snuck back and got it later. Hours and hours have passed between the scenes. Not a mistake.

Corrected entry: Rick throws a stick of dynamite into a niche in the wall. As Rick and Jonathan escape through the hole, flames are seen on the right hand side. Nothing should be burning as there is only sand and stone.

Correction: You forgot about the mummies that are coming after them and get blown up when the explosion happens. They're made of dried flesh, bone and bandage - all things that easily burn. You can even see flaming pieces of mummy raining down. (Heck, earlier in the film, one of the Americans even jokingly suggests Imhotep could be used for firewood).

Corrected entry: When Evie is in the library putting the books back she leans over to put a book on the opposite shelf, the ladder moves and she drops the book. Although the book was not that heavy it still would have made a noise but the sound is barely audible.

julie sheridan

Correction: That's because the creaking of the ladder and Evie's gasps were too loud for us to hear the book, in terms of editing/audio.

Corrected entry: The city of Hamunaptra (meaning 'City of the Dead Man') was found in India in the 1850's. There are no known ancient Egyptian cities by that name.

Correction: A. The Mummy is not a documentary, it's fiction, it doesn't have to use real city names. B. It's said in the movie that Hamunaptra is a secret hidden city.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: The teeth on the star key suggest that the mummy sarcophagus uses some sort of tumbler system. A closer look at the "key hole" shows that there is nothing for the teeth to work on. The lock is simply the solid negative impression of the key. You can twist the lock with a bare hand and open it, so any trouble the characters go through to get the key is pointless. The same goes for the book of the dead.

Correction: Both of these books are books of magic. In this world, magic is real. Imhotep performs magic regularly; his very existence is in itself magic. The keys are required to open the books, not merely because they turn the locks, but because the books are magically enchanted not to open without their keys.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Imhotep is speaking to Evy in the scene where they are surrounded by the plagued people, Imhotep is speaking Ancient Egyptian as usual. However, Evy only seems to understand the "Take my hand, and I will spare your friends" line once Beni translates it.

Correction: Simple. Evie is a scholar of the ancient Egyptian language, but here's the thing - we know how how it was written (thanks to the Rosetta Stone) but can't be sure, especially at that time, how it was spoken. Evie can read and write the language of ancient Egyptian, but that doesn't mean she can speak it or understand it when spoken.

Corrected entry: When the sandstorm covers the plane with sand, all the characters have their eyes covered with goggles, but their ears and noses are not covered. Seems they are able to hear and breathe just fine with all that sand going into their nostrils, ears and mouths after they crash land in the desert. You can see Rick is able to talk to Ardeth and Jonathan while they are traveling inside the sand storm.


Correction: It was be human instinct to close ones mouth if caught in a sandstorm. I assume that these characters would do the same. I have never heard of someone going deaf or have their noses completely blocked by sand. Unless you see otherwise (shown on screen) we can easily presume that they are not affected by the mystical sandstorm.


Corrected entry: Imhotep needs his physical organs that are contained within the Canopic jars the Americans have. This means Imhotep must have existed in the Old Kingdom, as the ancient Egyptians eventually discovered a method of preserving the organs within the body of the deceased. This led to Canopic jars becoming purely symbolic, sometime near the birth of the New Kingdom.

Correction: Imhotep was buried alive, they didn't remove his organs (although they did cut off his tongue) he needs to collect the jars because of the curse on the chest. Or possibly they had Anaksunamun's organs in which would still make you correct in the Old Kingdom statement.

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie John Hannah uses his own Scottish accent shows though his characters English accent. The most obvious instance is when he says "put your backs into it".


Correction: First, this entry doesn't actually make any sense as a sentence. Second, it's never stated where the character is from originally or has spent the last several years living. It is therefore impossible to claim he should have one accent and not another.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Evie's shoes change styles during the final scenes of the movie; she has open-toe sandals when she is tossed out of the sand storm and when she is first seen chained to the table, but then she's wearing closed-toe heels when fighting with the female mummy and running from the collapsing city.

Correction: Evie always has the closed toe shoes, she gets sand on them which makes it appear as if she has sandals.

Corrected entry: There was no solar eclipse visible anywhere near the Middle East in 1923.

Correction: The eclipse was caused because Imhotep was regenerating. An event that happens in a fantasy, as a result of a fictional character's actions, cannot be considered a factual error.


Correction: The ancient Egyptians worshipped the Sun as their ultimate god, Ra. Given that their "magic" seemed to function remarkably well (well enough to resurrect desiccated mummies after 3000 years, anyway), there's a slight chance that the ancient Egyptians were slightly more in touch with the magic of celestial mechanics than we are today with our dogmatic Science. I mean, if it happened that they were correct about the Sun being a God, then perhaps they were knowledgeable in summoning the Sun's cooperation in their magical endeavors.

Charles Austin Miller

Correction: "Magically" creating a solar eclipse would mean altering the rotation of the earth and its orbit around the sun. The earthquakes would be beyond imagination and the resulting tsunamis and devastating climate changes would wipe out the few survivors. Some things are beyond magic. This is one of them.

But using magic he could "easily" (at least judging by his powers in this film) cast a shadow over the sun - it doesn't have to be the moon. Especially given that the sun stays dark for a while, whereas natural eclipses are over quite quickly.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Actually creating a solar eclipse would require moving the moon, not the Earth. It's not "beyond magic", magic is magic.


Corrected entry: When the Magi is set on fire, both he and Johnathan lunge for the key. If you look closely, you can see that it is actually the Magi who picks it up from the angle and condition of the hand/arm that grabs it. Yet, later on, Johnathan mysteriously has it.

Correction: We are told in the beginning that Jonathan is a thief therefore he just pick-pocketed the magi to get it back.

Corrected entry: When John Hannah is attacked by the beatle, Brendan Fraser saves him by cutting his shoulder and removing the creature. However, moments later, Hannah is wearing a black bandage in his hand and in his chest, and NOT where he was cut by his friend. (01:37:00)

cinecena Premium member

Correction: The bandage was not from where the bug was removed - its the wound from where the bug entered.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Jonathan picks up the scarab, it breaks open and the beetle inside starts to crawl under his skin. We see Brendan Fraser tear Jonathan's shirt and cut the beetle out of him. However, in the very next scene, we see Jonathan walking into the temple, his shirt is intact and there is no blood to be seen. (01:37:05 - 01:38:30)

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Trivia: An explanation for why there is no salt acid booby-trap protecting the gold book like there was protecting the black book. In the missing scene some of Imhotep's priests burst through the floor/ground and attack Jonathan and Rick, who get tossed aside. The priests then open the gold book's hiding place and get burned all up by the salt acid. You can even see when Rick grabs the TNT that there is smoke rising from the hole.

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