The Mummy

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: The Mummy takes a man's eyes, but the man needs glasses for him to see clearly and the mummy can see perfectly well without glasses afterwards. (01:01:25 - 01:04:00)

Correction: When Imhotep sucks off body parts to regenerate he gets his old body parts back not the victims. If that were not the case he would have looked like his victims when fully regenerated and not what he used to look like when he was a real man. Therefore he would have no problem seeing when he took Mr Burns eyes.

Corrected entry: When Evy is telling O'Connell about the curse of the Hom-Dai, she mentions that if a victim of the Hom-Dai ever awakened, he would bring with him the ten plagues of Egypt. Then later in the film, Beni is praying to every God imaginable in an attempt to save himself from Imhotep and ends up saying a prayer in Hebrew, which Imhotep understands to be 'the language of the slaves.' The ten plagues took place during the Exodus, so if the slaves had not been freed during Imhotep's lifetime, how could the Egyptians have foreseen the plagues when they wrote about and performed the Hom-Dai? (00:58:50 - 01:07:50)

Correction: The ten plagues actually occurred before the Exodus. The final one was the slaying of the Egyptian first-born and the Israelites marked their houses and were to leave Egypt that night. The Egyptians experienced all ten plagues while the Israelites were still slaves in Egypt.

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.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Imhotep is reincarnating Anuk-su-Namun, she is positioned with her hands on her chest (like a mummy.) When the spirit re-enters her body, her hands are in the air, shaking. The shot backs-up to take a wide view and show the Mejai. If you look at Anuk-su-Namun, her hands are back on her chest. When the shot goes back to a close of her, her hands are shaking in the air again.

Correction: The special effect of her soul going into her body covered her hands rising in the air and trembling. When she calms down, her hands drape back to her chest. When the soul leaves her, she does the same thing: her hands tremble and she falls dead.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Rick's team opens the coffin, Evie traces her fingers down the scratches in the lid and notes that they were made by fingernails. However, when Imotep was originally put in the coffin, he was very securely bound in bandages. There is no way he could have made those scratches with his fingernails.

Correction: The scarabs put in with him would have had to have bitten through the bandages to get to him, so once they had got the bandages off him he would have made the scratch marks with his fingernails.

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: In the scene where they go underground, they use mirrors to reflect the sun's light, therefore lighting up the tomb. The mirrors are head height, so walking past one would briefly cut off the light in the rest of the tomb, as the beam of light would not be able to continue, but some how the light does not change.

Correction: The mirrors are larger than a person could completely block off.

Sol Parker

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film Evie tells us that Imhotep being buried alive with the beetles would have been a slow and horrible death, yet later in the film any death involving the beetles was fast.

Correction: I would guess it's part of the Hohmn-dai (or however its spelled) curse that the beetles would eat Imhotep slowly.

Grumpy Scot

The coffin only have a few scarab tossed in.they would have bred into a multitude and probably half starved it would be quick to eat anyone down to the bones in no time at all.

Corrected entry: As Jonathan, Rick and guy in black enter the gold room, they engage in a mummy fight with Imotep's priests. During the fight they blast the mummy priests to pieces. During the last scenes in the room of gold, what happened to the pieces of the mummy priests - shouldn't they have been scattered all over the path to the stairs? Someone must've been standing by with a broom...

Correction: Beni's death scene shows the tombs are infested by scarabs. Maybe they ate the leftovers.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When the Mummy comes into town and they show his eye, it is blue, but later they are dark brown.

Correction: Maybe the man's eyes he stole were blue and they changed to brown as Imhotep fully assimilated them as his own.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the end, when Evelyn is handcuffed to the table about to be killed, Rick cuts one chain with his sword, then we see him trying to get her loose. A few scenes later, the handcuffs are off her wrists, even though there was never any mention of a key.

Correction: The cuffs could have been secured with a nut and bolt or catch. You couldn't reach them when cuffed, so a key wouldn't be necessary.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the part where Imhotep's priests are chasing the trio in the hall right before they get to the book of Amun-Ra, the guy in black is blasting away with a machine gun. When they reach the room with the statue, Brendan Fraser hands the man in black his shotgun. The machine gun has disappeared.

Correction: Look closely when they run for cover after Rick throws the dynamite. He has the machine gun slung over his shoulder, on his back.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Whose organs are in the jars that the Mummy is chasing around? His all seemed to be intact when they stuck him in the sarcophagus, because he was alive, if not particularly happy.

Correction: They were his girlfriend's - he needs them to bring her back to life

Corrected entry: In order to resurrect Ankh-Su-Namun at the end, Imhotep kidnaps Evie. Yet at the beginning he is doing the same ritual, but seems to need no body as a sacrifice. Interestingly, though, as the Magi interrupt his ceremony at the beginning, he does seem about to stab Ankh-Su-Namun with a very large knife, which would make no sense if he's just resurrected her.

Correction: In the beginning, Anck-Su-Namun's organs are fresh, so no sacrifice is needed. He's cutting her to put her organs back inside her. (This is from the Max Allan Collins novel version of the movie.) The reason he needed Evy to resurrect her the second time was because Anck-Su-Namun's organs were destroyed and Evy's organs were fresh and (because she's the woman in the movie besides Anck-Su-Namun) they are the same size.

Corrected entry: In the scene on the boat, when Jonathan reaches for the key on the floor after fighting the guy in black, you can clearly see that it is the guy in black's hand that grabs the key because he has the black tattoo on the back of his hand. And somehow Jonathon ends up with it.

Correction: It is actually a piece of blue fabric sticking from underneath his sleeve. I think the director, in his commentary, said it was a bandage because John Hannah had hurt his hand earlier.

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: 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: 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: 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

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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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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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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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