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The Avengers (1998)

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Two British Agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.

Director:

Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writers:

Sydney Newman (television series The Avengers), Don MacPherson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... John Steed
Uma Thurman ... Dr. Emma Peel
Sean Connery ... Sir August de Wynter
Patrick Macnee ... Invisible Jones (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Mother
Fiona Shaw ... Father
Eddie Izzard ... Bailey
Eileen Atkins ... Alice
John Wood ... Trubshaw
Carmen Ejogo ... Brenda
Keeley Hawes ... Tamara
Shaun Ryder ... Donavan
Nicholas Woodeson ... Dr. Darling
Michael Godley Michael Godley ... Butler
Richard Lumsden ... Boodle's Porter
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Storyline

British Ministry Agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by archvillain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August. Written by John Hawkinson <jhawk@mit.edu>

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Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state must be avenged See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los vengadores See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305,957, 16 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,322,832, 4 October 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,500,000
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| (original cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the film, after Steed defeats De Wynter and before Peel shuts down the weather-control machine, a tornado is seen destroying the Blackfriars Bridge in London. This is the second film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik to feature a tornado, after Tall Tale (1995), in which the legendary cowboy Pecos Bill rides a tornado at the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

Between the two bursts of full auto fire from Alice's Thompson sub-machine gun, the bolt is seen to be closed. Thompson sub-machine guns are all fired from an OPEN bolt position (in order to cool the chamber and prevent rounds from "cooking off"). See more »

Quotes

Mother: Nothing is impossible, Father, I often think of 6 impossible things before breakfast.
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Alternate Versions

UK DVD Z1 15873 does not feature Eddie Izzard opening his knife in his final fight - footage cut but present in other versions. The shot of the knife being opened is replaced by a reaction shot of Emma that is not featured in versions that have the knife opening. As a result the different versions do not have a different running time as the action goes back perfectly in sync after this moment. See more »

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Spoofed in Toy Story 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

STORM
Written by Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott, Marius De Vries, Betsy Cook,
Andy Caine
Produced by Marius De Vries, Bruce Woolley, Chris Elliott
Performed by Grace Jones with The Radio Science Orchestra
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Who let the air out?
18 August 1998 | by Rowan-4See all my reviews

Uma Thurman's catsuits aside, "The Avengers" is one of the flattest movies to come down the pike in a long time.

The failing Sean Connery isn't really the villain in this movie, the true villains are a director who thought he could "improve" on the original, and an editor who really shouldn't have been let out of film school.

Fiennes and Thurman do an adquate job with what they were given, which wasn't much, and then the editor took half of that away.

Connery got one half-choked off rant, (all of which you see in the trailer) and then hid in the leftover set for the power supply from the floating city in "The Empire Strikes Out" (Er -- "Back"). A pathetic effort from a formerly stellar actor.

Eileen Atkins was rather fun as Alice, Steed's minder, and the guest appearance by Patrick Macnee was somewhat amusing.

As for the writing, well.... I think (despite the credits) they actually gave the job to a couple of public school lads who rather thought that they were being clever.

Overall, not worth the money spent to make it, nor the $6 I paid to see it. One star, mostly for some rather nice, if somewhat generic, cinematography.


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