The Mummy

Corrected entry: Even on sand horses can still run a lot faster than camels. The Americans would have won the race to get to the city by a long shot.

Correction: Those horses had traveled a lot more than the camels. They must have been very tired during the race.

Corrected entry: Evie loses all her possessions when the boat sinks, but when they first see the mummy alive and Rick is freaking out, he packs all of Evie's things for her including clothes and all her books Where did they come from?


Correction: Eve didn't bring everything she owned in the world with her on the trip into the desert. Once the trio were back in Cairo, where she and Jonathan live, it only makes sense she would have more of her belongings once again.

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: 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: "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.


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

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: 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: Near the end of the movie, when the Mummy's girlfriend is put on the table next to Rachel Weisz, it is VERY obvious that she is breathing BEFORE he tries to bring her back to life.


Correction: Based on an IMDB entry, this is plain wrong. Until the 'spirit' enters her body, Ankh-Su-Namum is just a prop dummy, not an actress in costume, so there is no breathing, or a pulse, or anything similar. After the spirit enters, she's allowed to be breathing.

Corrected entry: When Benny jumps out the window the window breaks, but later, when the flies come, Jonathan and Rick shut that window, blocking out the flies.

Correction: When Benny jumps through, he only breaks part of the frame on the outside. However, the wooden "doors" on the window on the inside are still intact, allowing for Rick and Jonathan to shut them.

Corrected entry: The Egyptian Book of the Dead was not a long-lost artifact that there was only one copy of. It was written on papyrus and placed in the tombs of most sacred figures.


Correction: Strictly speaking this may be true, but down that road there is no end to the mistakes. For example, reading the book doesn't actually bring back life to the dead, you don't need a key as in the movie, etcetera.

Corrected entry: The base of the statue of Anubis is inscribed with the cartouche of the Pharaoh Ptolemy V whose reign began in 205 b.c. - 1000 years after the time of Seti I when the statue was supposed to have been carved.

Correction: Study Egyptian history for the answer. Egyptian leaders were forever defacing the monuments of their ancestors, erasing the names of the real builders and adding their own instead. For this reason we don't know much of the history behind many Egyptian monuments, including the Great Pyramid itself.

Corrected entry: Ancient Egyptian is a lost language. Linguists just assigned sounds to the hieroglyphics. No one should be able to understand Imhotep's native language, only when he speaks Hebrew. While those who are under his spell wouldn't need to know Egyptian and would do the Mummy's will no matter what, Evie *can* understand Imhotep, yet she is not one of his minions. (01:05:05)

Correction: Imhotep has some fairly impressive powers so it doesn't seem too far fetched for those around him to be able to understand him. Given that he has selected Evie as his sacrifice, it's not clear what control he may be exerting over her.


Corrected entry: When engulfed in the sandstorm, you see close-ups of the characters in the plane, however, the background is just blue, with a tiny bit of sand flying around. It was obviously done so it would be easier to see the characters, but still a mistake.

Correction: Just like being in a snowstorm, it's not easy to see the individual components be they sand or snow from close-up. It's only from a distance that the overall quantity starts to obscure vision. A more simple example would be that even the dirtiest of glasses do not prevent the wearer from seeing even though everyone else can see how dirty they are.


Corrected entry: When Rick and Jonathan (along with Adbetpai) go to see Winston, they are traveling in their car. In the scene before, they escape through the sewer system. They crashed the car earlier and left it on the other side of town. How did they fix it without the zombies getting them?

Correction: They went back later when the zombies had gone. Once The Mummy had gone, the zombies were no longer under his power and returned to their ordinary lives.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: When Rick opens up his kit-roll on the riverboat prior to the whole shooting-match going up in flames, it contains a lot of heavy-looking weaponry. Yet, when he jumps off the boat into the river, the bag floats. Yes, bags were often lined with cork. However, you can see clearly that no such thing exists with Rick's kit-roll, it is simply a canvas strip with some leather braces to hold the guns in, and as such should sink like a stone.

Correction: Actually Rick puts the bag around his head and arm, so when he jumps out it is really floating while attached to his back.

Corrected entry: When Evie discovers Imhotep's body she says he is 'juicy', and thus comes to the conclusion that he was mummified alive. I'm sure that there were more Egyptians buried after Imhotep and would die at the same time he does, because he would only survive a few days after mummification. Therefore he would not still be 'juicy', but dry and brittle.

Correction: In fact in a sealed, buried coffin full of ravenous, carnivorous insects he would survive for a matter of minutes, not days, but that is irrelevant. Imhotep was not really mummified; he was tortured and buried alive. Mummification involved the removal of the viscera and brains and the drying out of the body to the point of desiccation - or total absence of water in the tissues. This is what stops the body putrefying or, as Evie puts it - becoming 'juicy'. Since Imhotep was not mummified his body has decayed in a relatively straightforward manner which Evie recognises.

Corrected entry: When the fat guy (along with the others) descends into the mummy preparation area he is no longer wearing his fez (tarboosh) and dirty coat.

Correction: He probably took it off before going down.

Corrected entry: In this film, Evie in particular is seen reading Hieroglyphics from left to right, like normal English, but it was actually written from right to left, similar to Hebrew I believe.

David Mercier

Correction: Hieroglyphs were written left to right, right to left, and sometimes even vertically.

Corrected entry: Imhotep's eyes are brown. The American he attacks after his resurrection has blue eyes. So when Imhotep takes the American's eyes, why aren't his own blue now, even BEFORE he fully re-generates his body?


Correction: Imhotep doesn't use the eyes he takes as his own. Consuming the eyes allows him to regenerate his own eyes.


Correction: The Magi claim that they stopped Imhotep during the process, though they do not clarify how. Presumably it was some sort of magic.


Corrected entry: Ancient Egyptians did not have literal "books" like this movie's so-called Book of the Dead. In fact, the Book of the Dead was written on papyrus sheets/scrolls.


Correction: This is more like trivia than a mistake. After all some leniency has to be applied for movie fantasy sake. We have learned a lot about Ancient Egypt but there is tons that we do not know at all with literally hundreds of years lost completely. We can only speculate and guess that they did not use books or "only" used papyrus but the long years of lost Egyptian history leaves a lot to the imagination of the movie makers, thus the Book of the Dead and Living made the way they were to look in the movie. After all, there are no living mummies floating around Egypt either now are there?


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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Imhotep's priests first pop up, Jonathan is on Rick's left, and the guy in black is on his right. But in that split-second shot that shows them starting to fire, they are on the opposite sides. [In the director's commentary he does mention this but says it's because they had to cut some scenes out due to time, still a mistake but has a reason.] (01:39:20)

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Rick: Well if it ain't my little buddy Beni. I think I'll kill you.
Beni: Think of my children.
Rick: You don't have any children
Beni: Someday I might.

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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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Chosen answer: The tattoos on his forehead are the Egyptian Hieroglyphs that spell "Underworld", and the ones on his cheeks are the Egyptian Hieroglyphs for the word "truth." All Medjai males get these tattoos as part of the coming-of-age rite, when they turn sixteen, of which the most important is the tattoo on their right wrist (which Rick O'Connell also has) that marks them as "warriors for God." Other tattoos specific to Medjai males are on their arms, forearms, hands, pectorals, shoulder blades and beneath the navel - the tattoos on the nose and chin are no longer used, since the time of Seti I. Medjai females only get the wrist tattoo when they come of age, but are not marked with any of the other symbols that are particular to men. Fun fact: If the Medjai - male and female alike - shows any sign of pain or cries during the tattooing process, it is considered that they have brought shame to their family.

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