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The Scorpion King [2002]

Director:Chuck Russell
Writer:David Hayter
Stephen Sommers
William Osborne
Composer:John Debney
Length:92 minutes
(1 hour 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:5.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:41%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.

Reaction: Not what I would have hoped after the two Mummy movies. The characters aren't quite as charming.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Chuck Russell => Director
David Hayter => Writer
Stephen Sommers => Writer
William Osborne => Writer
John Debney => Composer
Bernard Hill => Philos
Bernard White => Falconmaster
Branscombe Richmond => Jesup
Conrad Roberts => Chieftain
Dwayne Johnson => Mathayus (as The Rock)
Grant Heslov => Arpid
Joseph Ruskin => Tribal Leader
Kelly Hu => The Sorceress
Michael Clarke Duncan => Balthazar
Peter Facinelli => Takmet
Ralf Moeller => Thorak
Roger Rees => King Pheron
Sherri Howard => Queen Isis
Steven Brand => Memnon
Te'Amir Sweeney => Urchin
Tyler Mane => Barbarian Chieftain (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • This movie is a prequel of a sequel of a movie that was a re-make of another movie that was made 70 years ago.
  • More scenes had to be shot due to the movie being around 70 minutes long after being edited.
  • Dwayne Johnson has said that he intentionally shied away from using any trademarks of his WWF character The Rock, in order to give the Scorpion King character a life of its own. The only exception was "The People's Eyebrow," which he does in response to another character's reference to a harem. He said he included the People's Eyebrow to acknowledge the "millions and millions" of Rock fans. However, The Rock's Entry music is included briefly in the score.
  • [?] Vince McMahon is an Executive Producer on the movie only because of the use of the name "The Rock" which he owns.
  • Director Chuck Russell wanted to incorporate a physical feat into the movie which only The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) could perform. That is why there is a scene where the Rock springs to his feet from a position where he is lying on his back. Russell said that he had never seen a 6'3" man do that.
  • Dwayne Johnson's payday of $5.5 million made the Guinness Book Of Records for the highest salary for a first-time leading man.
  • Early in the production the villain role was written for Yun-Fat Chow. But Chow's manager [?] Terence Chang vetoed this saying that Chow never plays villains and that doing so would betray his fans.
  • While filming the fight scene between Mathayus and Balthazar, Michael Clarke Duncan accidentally leaned too far forward, allowing Dwayne Johnson's elbow to make direct contact with his jaw, knocking him to the ground.