The Mummy

Corrected entry: One of the Americans gets his tongue cut off and his eyes cut out. It is impossible to stay alive when someone cuts your eyes out.

Correction: Really, because I have seen many people who have lost eyes in wars or diseases or other reasons and have lived. Simply because his eyes were cut out does not mean he won't live.

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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: 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: 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: Imhotep was mummified (i.e. he had his arms wrapped tightly to his body) and would thus be unable to scratch the inside of his sarcophagus, let alone engrave a message.

Correction: The scarabs poured into his coffin ate away enough of the wrapping to free his arms.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At the start of the film Imhotep has his tongue cut out, so therefore he should still have no tongue when he is resurrected. Shouldn't this mean he is unable to talk, even in Ancient Egyptian?

Correction: He takes the tongue from the first man he attacks.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Imhotep corners Beni against a wall, Beni starts chanting random prayers hoping one would stop Imhotep. When he does and Imhotep says he can be used and the rewards will be great, he pulls out a handful of gold. Where did the gold come from? He's supposed to be a freshly awoken mummy.

Correction: He's a dead man come back to life with incredible evil powers. Who knows what he can or can't make appear?


Corrected entry: Evie and Jonathan are supposed to be siblings, yet Jonathan speaks with a Scottish accent and Evie doesn't. They don't appear to have been raised apart, so how come they don't have the same accent?

Correction: People can lose accents if they really try. It's quite likely that Evie and Jonathan both had a Scottish accent originally - Evie, wanting to impress the scholars and so on, would have worked hard on speaking 'properly', while Jonathan, who really wouldn't care, wouldn't have bothered trying to lose his natural accent.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: When Imhotep is all wrapped up and being placed in his sarcophagus (at the beginning of the movie), we see two holes in his wrappings for the actor inside to breathe.

Correction: The Pharoah's guards wouldn't want Imhotep to suffocate and die before they could finish the curse.

Grumpy Scot

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: 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 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.

Correction: Evy corrects Beni when he incorrectly translates Imhotep: "Come with me my princess, it is time to make you mine forever." Evy replies "for all eternity" idiot. Beni probably doesn't know she understands Ancient Egyptian. Also, it's possible he's translating for the rest of the group.

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.

Correction: When one of the Americans shoots that magi later while trying to attack Jonathan, Jonathan shows us that he pick pocketed the key, and says "this is mine" or something like that.

Correction: Honestly, the way the scene is cut is a little wonky, but I always just took it as the Magi dropped the key while he was being shot and spinning/writhing around and Jonathan quickly grabbed it off-screen. Right after the Magi is shot and falls off the boat, Jonathan (who wasn't holding the key prior) says "Bloody good show, chaps... and did I panic? I think not!" and then holds up the key, which as I said, he wasn't holding before. I wouldn't say he pickpocketed it since the guy was on fire and Jonathan was actively fleeing him. I'm only speculating... but I also have to imagine that there was some footage cut of Jonathan getting it back that was simply eliminated for time/pace reasons.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, Imhotep gets mummified alive. In one shot, all of his nose is covered up. In the next shot, if you look carefully, you can notice that his nostrils are uncovered. (00:05:55)

Correction: The first shot is when the embalmers first cover his nose with bandages. The next shot is a little while later, as they lower him into his casket. It is both possible and believable that in between these shots they cut holes in the bandage for him to breathe, seeing how they wanted him to be tormented and buried alive. Not much point if he suffocates before the casket lid is put on.


Corrected entry: Imhotep takes the short sighted American's eyes and tongue. Wouldn't he suffer from the man's poor eyesight as well?

Correction: Taking the American's body parts caused his own to be regenerated. He didn't have the American's eyes and tongue.


Correction: Actually he did take Burns' eyes, that's why he mistakes Evy for Anck-Su-Namun. It probably took until after he completed his regeneration that he got his eyesight back. Why would he keep kissing Evy then since she looks nothing like Anck-Su-Namun.

Corrected entry: According to Ardeth, the Egyptians took out Imhotep's vital organs and placed them in five sacred canopic jars. How could he then be moving and moaning when they poured the scarab beetles on him and shut the lid?

Correction: It was Anch Su Namoon who had her organs placed into the canopic jars. Imotep was buried alive.

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Corrected entry: Through your tongue goes a major blood line, if the tongue is cut you will bleed a lot. The man whose tongue is taken by the mummy is not bleeding at all, which perhaps could be explained by some mummy power. But when Imhotep is being executed they begin by cutting his tongue off and then bandaged him. For one thing the bandage should have been blood-covered but more importantly Imhotep would have suffocated/drowned on his own blood when laid down.

Correction: With regard to the man who has his tongue removed - you've answered your own point. As regards Imhotep - in order to increase and prolong the agony of the dying man, the Egyptians first cut out the tongue and then cauterised the wound with a red hot metal spike. Very unpleasant, and it stopped the victim spoiling the fun by bleeding to death.

Corrected entry: When Imhotep is about to kiss Evie and hears the sound of the piano, he turns around and sees a cat. He is terrified and becomes a little whirlwind of sand. Even though that the whirlwind is quite strong the books and papers on the desk aren't even shivering.

Correction: It's a 'ghost' whirlwind, a phantom, a product of black magic and demonic spells. Who knows what physical laws it obeys?

Corrected entry: Where are all the British police and soldiers? Egypt may have been theoretically independent in the 1920s, but it was still dominated by Britain.

Correction: The British soldiers were all over the place. They were wearing white helmets in Cairo. Presumably, after all the people were taken over by Imhotep, the British soldiers either evacuated, were killed, or were among those who were taken over.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the library, when Evie is putting back the books. She leans over to put the book back, but it falls to the ground and she is balancing on the ladder. When the camera cuts back to show the whole ladder, the book is nowhere to be found on the floor. (00:13:00)

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Evelyn: You were actually at Hamunaptra?
Rick: Yeah, I was there.
Evelyn: You swear?
Rick: Every damn day.

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Trivia: In the scene where Evie wakes up to find a rat on her chest she screams and rolls over and the rat then lands on the female mummy. According to the commentary on the DVD the rat wasn't meant to land on the girl playing the mummy, who was only the make-up lady. As soon as it landed on her she jumped up screaming.


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Question: No matter how many times I watch this, I don't count all 10 plagues. Do some end up on the cutting room floor?


Answer: The featured Plagues are: locusts, flies, water turning into blood, fiery hail, the sun turning black, boils and sores. The missing Plagues are: cattle disease, wild beasts, frogs, and death of the first-born sons.

Chosen answer: The plagues stop when they 'destroy' the mummy's powers. The good guys are trying to stop the mummy before the death of the first-born plauge (which they suceed in doing, as Jonathan survives the movie), as well as preventing the mummy from becoming all powerful and impossible to destroy - which would happen after the tenth plague. Some of the plagues, too, could have been happening while the good guys are in Hamunaptra and therefore not experiencing them themselves, bringing the total of plagues experienced by the outside world closer to nine.


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