The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy Movie Poster - Brendan Fraser with a weapon standing next to Rachel Weisz - pyramids and mummies

The Mummy Movie Poster © Universal Pictures


Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

Kent Filming Locations Used: The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah.

As punishment for embarking on an affair with the Pharaoh’s wife, Imhotep is mummified alive. His spirit survives and once awoken, he wreaks a path of destruction across Egypt.

Young Evelyn Carnahan (Weisz) and her brother Jonathan (Hannah) discover a map to Hamunaptra, Egyptian city of the dead. Expecting to find treasure they embark on a journey to track down the lost city.

Guided by dashing American Rick O’Connell (Fraser), the team is quickly joined by a group of American adventurers also seeking the lost treasure. As Imhotep calls up the ten plagues in revenge for the desecration of his tomb, Evelyn, Jonathan and Rick face a race against time to stop the mummy and put an end to the centuries-long curse.

Viewers may be surprised to learn that our very own Historic Dockyard, Chatham made a cameo appearance in the film. Hollywood transformed the popular location into Giza Port using CGI and an impressive 600 ft long set. Complete with steam ship and hundreds of extras, it truly looks authentic as the 1920’s Egyptian port.

One of the most popular filming locations in Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham has been used in various productions Features to TV programmes. With its cobbled streets, Georgian and Victorian architecture and period features spread across 80 acres, it has been the perfect location for films such as Les Miserables (2013) Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Golden Compass (2007).

Situated in the Medway towns, The Historic Dockyard is not the only location in the area to hit the silver screen. The vast tunnels of Fort Amherst in Chatham doubled as a Moscow sewer in The Saint (1997) and Rochester Castle was used in Bollywood epic Veer (2010), placing Kent well and truly on the film location map!

The Mummy was released in cinemas in June 1999 and is now available on DVD.


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