The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980 film)

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The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Genre Horror
Written byBarry Wynne (book Behind the Mask of Tutankhamen)
Herb Meadow (writer) [1]
Directed by Philip Leacock [1]
Starring Eva Marie Saint
Harry Andrews
Music by Gil Mellé
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States [2]
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersStoddard W. Kerby
Hunt Stromberg Jr.
Producers Peter Graham Scott [1]
Patrick Dromgoole (supervising producer)
Production locations Egypt
CinematographyBob Edwards
EditorAdrian Brenard
Running time98 minutes [1]
Production companies Columbia Pictures Television [1]
Stromberg-Kerby Productions
Distributor HTV West
Sony Pictures Television
Original network NBC
Picture formatColor
Audio format Mono
Original release8 May 1980 (1980-05-08) (U.S.)
31 August 1980 (1980-08-31) (UK)

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb is a 1980 horror film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Eva Marie Saint, Harry Andrews, Raymond Burr and Tom Baker, with Paul Scofield as the narrator.



The English archaeologist Howard Carter and his financier, Lord Carnarvon discover the tomb of Tut-Ench-Amun after years of search. Unscrupulous art collector Sebastian is after the legendary sarcophagus from within the tomb. Rumors abound of a curse that befalls anyone who disturbs the grave. The Curse of the Pharaoh seems to be effective, for there ensues a series of mysterious deaths.



The film was made-for-television by Columbia Pictures Television, [1] with the story based on the book Behind the Mask of Tutankhamen by Barry Wynne. [3] It is a fictionalised account of Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon's excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb, [4] with the real events embellished with various myths and legends. It was shot in Egypt and England. [2]

The English actor Ian McShane was originally cast as Carter, but had to be replaced when he was involved in a car accident prior to filming and broke his leg. [4]


The score was composed by American jazz musician Gil Mellé.


It was released in two-parts and aired on 8 and 9 May 1980. [4]

DVD release

A Region 2 DVD was released in 2011 by Network.

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