The Mummy

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: On the plane, Ardeth was strapped to the right wing and Jonathan was on the left. In the scene where Imhotep has just created the sand cloud, just after Evelyn says, "You'll kill them." You see the plane's left wing dip, and Ardeth Bay and Jonathan have switched wings. You can tell because Ardeth is in black and Jonathan is in white. Yet, when the plane goes down in the next scene, they are back on the correct wings. (01:34:05)

Correction: Wrong. You see the plane in a series of extreme wide shots, and both men are vague shapes silhouetted against the white fuselage of the plane or the sky behind. (This was done so you couldn't see the dummies strapped to the wings.) We also see "back screen" shot of the plane barrel rolling twice, and both men are in their correct positions.

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.


Corrected entry: When Jonathon has a scarab crawling into his arm, Rick rips Jonathon's shirt and we see that the scarab has reached his shoulder. Rick cuts it out of Jonathon's upper arm, but later when we see Jonathon, he has a bandage on his forearm.

Correction: The bandage on Jonathon's forearm is for the wound made by the scarab burrowing into his arm. He has another bandage around his shoulder.

Corrected entry: Why didn't Imhotep suck all of Burns's life out of him when he had the chance, and not just take his eyes and tongue?


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: 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.

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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.


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?


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.

Jack's Revenge

Corrected entry: The pilot is wearing an unidentifiable cap badge (it's certainly not RAF). He is also wearing his pilot's brevet (wings) on his right breast pocket; the RAF, like most air forces, wear their brevets above their left breast pocket. The RAF presence in Egypt was still very much there in the 1920s: there were several stations, not simply one elderly pilot who had been forgotten about. (01:10:05)

Correction: The pilot is old and drunk. he doesn't know how to dress. and he means he is the only REAL pilot left (old people seem to believe such things). or maybe he doesn't notice the other pilots.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jonathan has read the commands from the golden book and stops the zombies with the shields from killing O'Connell, the zombies then turn towards Imhotep. He orders them to kill O'Connell. The subtitles say "Destroy him." twice, and then the third time the subtitle says "I command you to destroy him", but Imhotep verbally says the same exact command all three times. (01:48:40)


Correction: The third time he says it, he puts more emphasis on some of the words. This could translate to making the command more urgent.

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: Priests in Egypt had to pluck every hair from their body - yet Imhotep still has eyebrows. (00:01:20)

Correction: I can think of a lot of instances where modern priests stray from the basic tenets of their religions. Should things be so different in ancient Egypt? (After all, Imhotep was sleeping with the Pharaoh's mistress - a woman no other man could touch.)

Corrected entry: If the book of Amun-Ra was made out of gold, then there is no way Jonathan or anyone else could have lifted it. (01:42:35)

Correction: It is very possible that they could have lifted it. They are even shown to struggle when they lift it, thus adding to the realism.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Magi are paddling their canoes, just before the fire on the boat, you can hear the call of a night bird called a Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus voviferus). Whip-poor-wills inhabit the Eastern half of the North American Continent, not Egypt. (00:25:00)

Correction: The sound is so indistinct that it could have been any one of a hundred birds.

Corrected entry: When Hamunaptra is collapsing in on itself, and they escape from it, you can see rocks as big as mountains coming out of the ground and collapsing onto the city. Rick and company are running like their lives depend on it, yet the camels are sitting there carelessly, not bothered at all, as if things like that were a daily occurrence. (01:54:50)

Correction: Having experience riding camels, I can say they probably wouldn't move unless a rock actually came up and hit them.

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.

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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Evelyn: You know, nasty little fellows such as yourself always get their comeuppance.
Beni: They do?

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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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