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In 1719 B.C. in the Egyptian city of Thebes, a forbidden love between the evil high priest Imhotep and Anck-Su-Namun, the Pharoah's mistress, is exposed. When Anck-Su-Namun takes her own life, Imhotep's subsequent act of desperation in Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, defies the gods. For his unholy acts he is given the ultimate curse - his mummified body will remain undead for all eternity - a torturous existence. but one that will cease should his rotting corpse ever be released. As Imhotep's screams of pain from within the sarcophagus grow muffled while he is lowered into the earth, the curse is set in motion, and his evil, vengeful heart lays beating in the dark, growing stronger and stronger.

Universal Pictures presents an Alphaville Production of The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser (Blast From the Past). A rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic based on Universal Pictures' classic 1932 film The Mummy, the film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book) and produced by James jacks and Sean Daniel (Tombstone, Michael) with Industrial Light & Magic producing the ground-breaking visual effects. The Mummy also stars Rachel Weisz (Swept From the Sea), John Hannah (Sliding Doors), Arnold Vosloo (Hard Target) and Kevin J. O'Connor (Deep Rising).

Adrian Biddle (Aliens) serves as director of photography, with Allan Cameron (Starship Troopers) as production designer, Bob Ducsay (Deep Rising) as editor and John Bloomfield (Waterworld) as costume designer.

Dashing legionnaire Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) and Beni (Kevin J. O'Connor), his weasel of a companion, stumble upon the hidden ruins of Hamunaptra while in the midst of a battle in 1923 - 3,000 years after Imhotep has suffered a fate worse than death. Some years later, as O'Connell languishes in prison awaiting an almost certain execution, he finds that his knowledge of the exact location of Hamunaptra becomes a bargaining tool to save his life. The legendary riches buried beneath the sands of Hamunaptra have become an obsession with both treasurehunters and archaeologists, and O'Connell finds himself in an unlikely alliance with the beautiful, yet clumsy Egyptologist Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) and her ne'er-do-well brother, Jonathan (John Hannah). The trio leave Cairo for a journey which will take them down the Nile, across the treacherous expanse of the Sahara and to an encounter with a malevolent force with power beyond imagination....

But they are not alone in their search for Hamunaptra. Along the way, they discover that a group of American scavengers are on the same mission. Not even Ardeth Bay (Oded Fehr), the leader of a group of mysterious warriors sworn to protect the sacred burial grounds from the rebirth of Imhotep into the modern day world, can stand in their way, and the Americans' greedy search for hidden riches leads to the unearthing of the curse. As foretold, lmhotep's awesome power is manifested in corporeal form as the Mummy. His strength is inhuman. He has the power to release the ten plagues of Egypt over all the land. And one by one, the explorers fall victim to the creature's horrifying curse.

Those remaining are forced to make one desperate, final attempt to prevent the Mummy's total regeneration into an invincible force of evil and to keep Evelyn from becoming the human host for the tortured soul of Imhotep's long-lost love, Anck-Su-Namun.

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