Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.
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
In the opening sequence, a British policeman is shown with a nightstick and wearing a helmet with riot straps. In 1967, a police officer would have only been issued with a truncheon (a 12 inch long piece of wood). The helmet riot straps were not introduced until the 1980s. In both cases, the normal uniform would not have either of these items showing. See more »
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my underground lair. I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry. And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset... people DIE!
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The final credits include scenes of a photo shoot with Austin Powers, as well as a music video of the song 'BBC' by Ming Tea. See more »
An intermittently enjoyable spy spoof with Mike Myers as swinging secret agent Austin Powers, cryogenically frozen in the 1960s and thawed out decades later in order to do battle with his nemesis Dr. Evil (also Myers), the gag being that their methods are hopelessly outdated. It's 'Demolition Man' with jokes at the expense of the Bond films.
The problem I have with this movie, and it's a big one, is that the parts that are genuinely funny and inspired are run into the ground by constant repetition and explanation. There's a scene in which one of Dr. Evil's henchmen is run over by a steamroller, after which we see his family getting the phone call to break the bad news. It's very funny at first - but it goes on and on, milking the idea to the last drop, and then it's repeated later. It's a frustrating and irritating habit and it kills much of the movie.
Many of the other gags shoot fish in a barrel - Bond villains concoct overly elaborate plans to kill him, well well - but it's fun some of the time and George Clinton's score bounces around with more zip than the screenplay can provide.
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