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Sphinx (1981)

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Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs: murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse.

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John Byrum (screenplay), Robin Cook (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lesley-Anne Down ... Erica Baron
Frank Langella ... Akmed Khazzan
Maurice Ronet ... Yvon Mageot
John Gielgud ... Abdu-Hamdi (as Sir John Gielgud)
Vic Tablian ... Khalifa
Martin Benson ... Muhammed
John Rhys-Davies ... Stephanos Markoulis
Nadim Sawalha ... Gamal
Tutte Lemkow ... Tewfik
Saeed Jaffrey ... Selim
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Aida
William Hootkins ... Don
Mark Kingston ... Carter
James Cossins ... Lord Carnarvon
Victoria Tennant ... Lady Carnarvon
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Storyline

Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs: murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse.

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Plot Keywords:

murder | egyptologist | curse | mummy | bat | See All (32) »

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Beyond the sealed door was the last undiscovered treasure in Egypt - And it's all hers - IF SHE CAN GET OUT ALIVE. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Netherlands | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Esfinge See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$439,564, 16 February 1981

Gross USA:

$2,022,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,022,771
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jill Clayburgh turned down the role of Erica Baron. See more »

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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Candidate for one of the worst movies on archaeology ever made
22 January 1999 | by Bill-258See all my reviews

Badly written adaptation of a bad novel and a badly directed film that relies on exotic locations and glitzy set decoration, featuring a beautiful "Egyptologist" who has never before been to Egypt, who takes a taxi from the Nile Hilton to the Cairo Museum (next door to each other), and goes into the tomb of Tutankhamun with a Polaroid camera to "do research". (If the public does not understand why this is laughable, they deserve this film). The title "Sphinx" has nothing to do with the plot, which is loosely about the discovery of a lost tomb. Not exactly PC because all the "good" Egyptians are played by Europeans and the "bad" Egyptians are played by Egyptians. In the opening credits the cast names are spelled out in hieroglyphs, which seems to be the extent of the research wasted on this turkey.


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