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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Invisible Jones (voice)
Shaun Ryder ...
Dr. Darling
Michael Godley ...
Boodle's Porter


British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain 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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Mrs. Peel, we're needed. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los vengadores  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£937,166 (UK) (14 August 1998)


$23,322,832 (USA) (2 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

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Did You Know?


Although never addressed directly in the film, the character Father is blind. The viewers of the TV series also know that Father has an enhanced sense of hearing. See more »


At the Start of the film when steed drops the box of macaroons on the desk in the first shot the bakery name is at the front and the box is square on, the following cut the box has turned the text on the side of box is now at the front and the box is slightly angled See more »


Sir August de Wynter: Take India. You can have a good 10 inches overnight, there.
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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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Falling for the old "edit out what the test audience didn't like" trick
13 August 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Oh, wait, that's from Get Smart, not The Avengers.

No matter. As a longtime fan of The Avengers (since childhood), I will say, right off the bat, that this movie did not fail on all levels. If nothing else, the makers of this film understood, at least, what The Avengers was about. This puts them head and shoulders above, say, the makers of The Wild Wild West movie, who had only the most rudimentary (and faulty) knowledge of what made that series an icon of popular American culture.

They might not have been successful in the execution, but they did understand what made The Avengers tick, and if the studio heads hadn't ordered extreme and desperate editing, we might have been able to see more of what the filmmakers imagined.

Two scenes stand out as perfect examples of this understanding: When Mrs. Peel tries to escape by running endlessly down an Escher-like staircase, and when Steed and Mrs. Peel walk on water in giant bubbles. Sean Connery's eccentric megalomaniac (so much more interesting than a serious, conservative megalomaniac) fit right in with the The Avenger's roster of enemies.

Whatever sense of fun the movie had (and The Avengers tv series never seemed to take itself too seriously; does anyone remember Steed being shrunk to the size of a mouse and jabbing a villain in the ankle with a fountain pen?) was destroyed when the nut jobs at the studio fell for the old "edit out what the test audience didn't like" trick, and put a botched film on the screen. Too bad these studio honchos have such weak nerves and such short memories; will they never learn?

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