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U.S. military probe of a ring-shaped ancient Egyptian artifact (your tax dollars at work) sends he-man colonel Russell and geeky Egyptologist Spader into a parallel universe. There they meet the builders of the pyramids who are enslaved by an evil despot (Davidson) posing as a sun god. Ambitious premise zapped from prepubescent imagninations gets an A for effort, but a silly plot that jumbles biblical epic panoramas and space odyssey special effects with otherworldly mysticism and needless emotional hang-ups trade shlock for style. Spader's shaggy scholar is neurotically fun, Russell's jarhead a bore, and Davidson's vampy villain an unintended hoot.

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Available on Running time 119 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sci Fi, Alien Beings--Vicious, Time Travel, Big Digs, Deserts
Screenplay
Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Cast
Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz, Leon Rippy, John Diehl, Erik Avari, Mili Avital
Cinematography
Jeff Okun
Director
Roland Emmerich
Music
David Arnold
Producer
Joel B. Michaels, Oliver Eberle, Dean Devlin, Mario Kassar, Studio Canal Plus, Carolco Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

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