The Mummy Returns

Corrected entry: If the horsemen introduced are the leaders of the twelve tribes, why are there only nine of them? (00:58:20)

Correction: I just watched this scene and count 12 leaders, including Ardeth Bey, throughout the scene. The only time when there are only 9 visible is when they are leaving and at that point the dust that the horses kicked up and the terrain are making it impossible to get an accurate count.


Correction: Just because there are twelve tribes doesn't mean there has to be twelve leaders. They might be like a "board of executives" that governs all tribes. Seeing as they are a fictional creation in the movie, you cannot apply any existing tribes for comparison.

Corrected entry: When they talk in Egyptian (and they do, and some of it actually makes sense too.) they use the word Selaku for Scorpion. This is fine - Mr Smith who wrote the Egyptian did some work on pronounciation so he is as correct as he can be, but the Egyptians never used the letter L. It should be Seraku.

Correction: Ancient Egyption hasn't been spoken in about 3,000 years, so how does anybody know about what letters/sounds they used?

Corrected entry: In the bus chase scene they come across a bridge. A sign reads "low clearance" or whatever. The roof of the doubledecker bus gets cut off. There are two mistakes in that scene. (1) The bridge is the tower bridge of London. Doubledecker buses actually CAN pass under that bridge. (2) If there is a low clearance at one side of the bridge, why isn't it the same on the other side? On the opposing side they could just drive through without any obstacles.

Correction: The bridge is not the Tower Bridge and it's never implied it is. What they are going under is any low bridge in London over a one way street, that's why the clearance is only on one side. The Tower Bridge appears in the scene after, which takes place some time later.

Corrected entry: When the Medjai face the final onslaught of the Anubis' warriors, they keep their swords in a ready stance, but they don't move them even when the army hits them. That would be a perfect way to fight if they want their heads chopped off, since the swords would have no hitting power if swung from that stance. (01:54:45)

Correction: They WANT to get their heads chopped off. The entire army of Medjai barely fought off the first wave. The survivors give up and crave a quick death.

No, they don't want their heads to be chopped off. They literally say they're going to fight to the death right before. They just picked an odd battle stance. It'd be completely out of character and nonsensical for them to randomly just want to die suddenly out of nowhere.


Corrected entry: In the first kissing scene with Imhotep and his woman. An inoculation scar is clearly visible on Imhotep's left arm. Boy, the ancient Egyptians sure were advanced in medicine...

Correction: Yes it's an innoculation scar for the actor but it could easily be a scar from an insect bite or something on Imhotep.

Corrected entry: In the beginning when they're running from the nile, they grab on to the steel grate above them... Didn't know the Egyptians made steel! (00:16:15)

Correction: Egyptians were using iron from 4000BCE and producing it themselves perhaps as early as 1000BCE. The grate may be iron.


Corrected entry: Probably one of the few times the plot of an entire movie hinged on a mistake. When Mathayus the Scorpion King is dying of thirst in the desert, he prays to Anubis, god of death, to bring him an invincible army to crush his enemies. Anubis does this, but in return makes Mathayus his eternal slave. The problem is: Anubis ISN'T the ancient Egyptian god of death. Although he almost always ends up miscast as this, the truth is he is the god of mummification and the GUARDIAN, not the god of, the dead. The true god of the dead is as yet unidentified in the Egyptian pantheon, but more likely than not belongs to Anubis's mother, Nephthys.

Correction: Anubis is Guardian of the Necropolis, where the dead bodies are kept, so if you want an army of mummies, it might make sense to ask him. If you want an army of dis-embodied ka's (souls), then you could ask Osiris, the God of the Afterlife and Anubis' father.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Alex gets kidnapped on Tower bridge, Brendan Fraser runs after him and as the bridge lifts, he jumps across to the other side. When they show him again, he is actually hanging on the wrong side of the bridge.

Correction: He doesn't jump across the gap. He jumps to land at the edge of the side he's already on.

Corrected entry: When Rick, Evie, Jonathan and Alex are 'walking' up the pyramid at the end to be rescued, there are steps there for them. The Ancient Egyptians NEVER made pyramids with those kind of ridges on them. They were smooth and even if there were stairs. At the size that they were, the pyramid could only have been about 10 metres tall. (01:58:25)

Correction: If you were to visit the Step Pyramid at Saccarra (somewhere between Cairo and the ancient capital of Memphis) you will see at leat one pyramid that was built (by an architect named Imhotep) in the same fashion as the one shown at the end of "The Mummy Returns")

Corrected entry: When Ardeth sends Horus back to report to the Med-jai, Horus flies over the bad guys and is seen by Lock-Jaw. Tell me this: If they were following the bad guys and the Med-jai were following them, how did Horus fly over the bad guys? They were in the opposite direction he was supposed to have gone. (01:16:30)

Correction: While in the canyon, the heroes - who are traveling by air - pass the bad guys - who are traveling by land. When they pass, Imhotep sends the water elemental after them. The heroes then enter the valley - ahead of the bad guys. Because they are ahead of the bad guys Horus has to fly past the bad guys thus giving them a chance to take out the bird.

Corrected entry: In the first film, Imhotep must kill the Americans and take their organs etc. in order to regenerate. When he meets the first guy he takes his eyes and tongue, because before he had none. Then when he dies at the end, he is shown rotting back to his original, eye-less state. But in this film, when he is regenerated he already has eyes and a tongue, but he hasn't killed anyone yet. Where did they come from? (01:37:45)

Correction: If you listen to the chanting the men are useing to bring Imhotep back it is different then what Eve said in the first film. It's possible that this new spell could have brought him back stronger than before.

Corrected entry: In the bus chase scene, Fraser shoots a shotgun through the roof of the bus. The damage that is done looks like single bullets were shot - not like the typical shotgun damage.

Correction: The shotgun may not have been loaded with "shot". Shotguns may also fire solid slugs. The rifled type, the Brenneke, was introduced in 1898. The smoothbore slug was introduced in 1936. One would assume that given O'Connell's plethora of weapons, he may have shotguns loaded with either type. He definitely would understand that solid slugs work better than buckshot against a large creature.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when it shows the Meji on his horse, there are many tracks all around him, as if someone, or many people were there before.

Correction: Many people, like the surviving Magi, who were there minutes before and left to regroup. Ardeth Bey remained to see if his friends had survived. Alternatively he's been there a while waiting and his horse has been pacing around.


Corrected entry: When Rick saves Evie from being thrown into the fire in the museum, he cuts the ropes that are binding her hands and feet. The ropes are still left around her wrists and ankles, but she can now run. For the next several minutes, as they are fighting the Mummy and his armed guards, her bindings appear and disappear. When Rick and Evie run from the museum and she stops to pull the bench in front of the doors, all of the ropes are completely gone.

Correction: Evy takes off the bonds offscreen in a logical order: after Rick cuts the cross-ties, she removes the rope on her right hand so she can take a gun. Offscreen, the ropes around her legs work loose and fall off, and next time we see her legs they are free. Finally, when she goes up the stairs, the rope on her left hand is gone. It's not impossible for her to get out of the ropes and they never reappear after she has removed them.


Corrected entry: When the cast is sent back to ancient Egypt and after Arnold Vosloo and Patricia Velasquez have killed the king and she urges Imhotep to go. You can see at the bottom left hand corner, her arm from the present come into the scene but it is smaller than normal. Someone didn't get the timing right.

Correction: That's actually a shot of the pool that present-day Imhotep and Anck-su-namun are sitting in front of which Imhotep is using to show Anck images of the past. Hard to recognize, but the wavery nature of the image projected onto the water gives it away.


Corrected entry: When Rick climbs the bridge and sees the bad guys speed off down the left side of the road. A car is approaching in that lane and swerves into its own left lane to avoid it. That means the car was driving on the right side of the London.

Correction: The other car approaches in its left lane, swerves right to the median to avoid the oncoming kidnap vehicle, then swerves left back into its original lane while the kidnap car begins on its right lane and crosses the median to travel properly in the left lane. It sounds complicated because of the diagonals, but it just means that both drivers were reacting to each other and moving toward their own lanes.


Corrected entry: When looking for the Oasis, Rick says something along the lines of "That's the Blue Nile down there. We must be out of Egypt be now". The Blue Nile starts in Sudan, hundreds of miles away.

Correction: If Rick is referring to modern Egypt, his comment is perfectly valid. The modern border is a line in the sand, not visible except on a map. Today it can be recognized as the end of Lake Nasser, but the Aswan high dam which formed the lake was not built until the 1960's. (The comment is not in error anyway, being in Sudan certainly implies being "out of Egypt") If Rick is referring to ancient Egypt, his comment is still not in error. The Blue Nile starts at Khartoum, which was a part of ancient Egypt, but near the border. If they were looking down at the river and could not see the junction with the White Nile, they were likely outside ancient Egypt as well.

Corrected entry: Please explain to me how after their son is kidnapped in London, Evie, Rick, and Jonathan, DRIVE up to the hot air balloon place in Cairo the very next morning? How long would it have taken in 1933 to get from London, England to Cairo, Egypt? In this movie, overnight. It can't be a time lapse - we know the kid has only a few days to get to the pyramid.

Correction: After Imhotep tells the boy he has to get inside the pyramid within seven days of putting the bracelet on, the boy says that he only has five days. That means two days were spent travelling to Egypt.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Anuck and Nefertitti are fighting with the short swords in front of a larger audience in ancient Egypt, they are using Japaneese daggers, called Sai. Talk about globalisation.

Correction: Although this is true, it is quite possible that the Egyptians had their own form of the sai. For one thing, the octagon arms are much thicker set. Traditional Japanese sai have thinner arms and are almost always silver, a good deal of the time with bound handles.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the balloon has crashed at the edge of the oasis of Ahm Shere, Izzy complains that he won't be able to get the balloon back in the air because he needs gas, or hot air at a push, neither of which is readily available in a desert oasis. The next we see of him is when he rescues Rick, Evy etc from the top of the pyramid. How exatly did he manage to re-inflate the balloon? It's never mentioned.

Correction: It is never explained, which is why it can't be a mistake. Since we don't know what he did or how he did it we can't argue that he couldn't find the time or the resources.

Continuity mistake: In the British Museum, when Rick and Ardeth are saving Evie, Rick gives her a .45 pistol and they start to shoot the guards, her pistol fires once and the slide locks back meaning the pistol had no ammo, but she keeps firing as if the magazine was still full. (00:39:47)

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Rick O'Connell: Knowing my brother in law, he probably deserves whatever you're about to do to him. But this is my house, and I have certain rules about snakes and dismemberment.

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Trivia: In the tomb, Alex knocks over the columns the same way Evie knocked over the bookcases in "The Mummy."

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