Dedicated Egyptologist Erica Baron is researching a paper about the chief architect to Pharaoh Seti. Soon after her arrival in Cairo, she witnesses the brutal murder of unscrupulous art dealer Abdu-Hamdi, meets a French journalist named Yeon, and is befriended by Akmed Khazzan, who heads the antiquities division of the United Nations. When she journeys to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to search a tomb reportedly filled with treasures, she finds herself the target of black marketeers determined to keep the riches themselves.
Sphinx is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. The screenplay by John Byrum is based on the 1979 novel of the same title by Robin Cook. Film rights were purchased by Orion Pictures for $1 million. Interiors were filmed in Budapest. Egypt locations include the Cairo bazaars, Giza, the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor, and Thebes.
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: Lesley-Anne Down, Frank Langella, Maurice Ronet, John Gielgud, Vic Tablian, Martin Benson, Nadim Sawalha, Eileen Way, Victoria Tennant
Screenplay by: John Byrum
Production Design by: Terence Marsh
Cinematography by: Ernest Day
Film Editing by: Michael F. Anderson, Robert Swink
Costume Design by: Judy Moorcroft
Art Direction by: Peter Lamont, Gil Parrondo
Music by: Michael J. Lewis
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures, Orion Pictures
Release Date: February 11, 1981