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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  2 May 1997 (USA)
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A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joann Richter ...
'60s Model
Anastasia Sakelaris ...
'60s Model (as Anastasia Nicole Sakelaris)
Afifi Alaouie ...
'60s Model
Mod Girl


Austin Powers is a 60's spy who is cryonically frozen and released in the 1990's. The world is a very different place for Powers. Unfortunately for Austin, everyone is no longer sex-mad. Although he may be in a different decade, his mission is still the same. He has teamed up with Vanessa Kensington to stop the evil Dr. Evil, who was also frozen in the past. Dr. Evil stole a nuclear weapon and is demanding a payment of (when he realises its the 90's) 100 billion dollars. Can Austin Powers stop this madman? or will he caught up with Evil's henchman, with names like Alotta Fagina and Random Task? Only time will tell! Written by simon

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Rated PG-13 for nudity, sex-related dialogue and humor | See all certifications »

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2 May 1997 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,548,111 (USA) (2 May 1997)


$53,868,030 (USA) (26 September 1997)

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Mike Myers originally wanted Jim Carrey to play Dr. Evil, but Carrey eventually passed due to scheduling conflicts with Liar Liar (1997). Myers then took the iconic role himself. See more »


After Cmdr Gilmour arrives in London, a caption is displayed on screen, 'Ministry of Defense', the American spelling. In the UK, the MOD is spelled 'Ministry of Defence'. See more »


[first lines]
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Written by Peter Svensson, Magnus Sveningsson, and Nina Persson
Performed by The Cardigans
Courtesy of Minty Fresh Records (U.S.)/Stockholm Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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24 November 1998 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

If I had to describe this movie in one word, I would say: Flat. Boredom interrupted by a few good lines. People calling it the 'funniest movie ever' should watch some really funny movies like 'The Party', 'Take the Money and Run', 'Play It Again, Sam', 'Airplane 1/2', 'Naked Gun' series, etc. Then come back and tell me where Austin Powers really belongs. This movie would have been a great one if it was shortened to 10 minutes. All in all, it is below average at best. Very much like Wayne's World 1/2 - all good punchlines fit nicely in the trailer. Duh.

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