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The Avengers (1998)

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Two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine.

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

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£937,166 (UK) (14 August 1998)

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$23,322,832 (USA) (2 October 1998)
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Aspects of the film, including some dialogue, hail directly from the 1960s parent series. These include the MC Escher elements of Hallucinogen Hall ("The House That Jack Built"), the weather-obsessed diabolical mastermind ("A Surfeit of H20"), the tea-whilst-travelling sequence and the 'light' swordfight repartee ("The Town of No Return"), plus Mother's double-decker bus HQ ("False Witness"); whilst The Ministry's training village was lifted from The New Avengers (1976) episode "Target!". The phrase "Mrs Peel, you're needed!" was a feature of the fifth TV season, and the trailer featured the wording "Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state must be avenged by agents extraordinary" - a misquote of the US narration (the passage was "have to be avenged" in the actual introduction). See more »

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Steed wears the wrong type of hat. A gentleman's bowler hat is rather curlier around the edge, as in _The Avengers (TV Series 1961–1969)_. See more »

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John Steed: So much for science, I'll stick to swordplay.
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RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN' ON MY HEAD
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20 November 1998 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Well I don't know how this one slipped through the studio system but I'm very glad it did. When I heard about an Avengers movie I assumed we'd be getting a bastardised Hollywood formula movie, and it would resemble some of the recent Bond films more than the original series. But I was thrilled to find the film had the same wonderful sense of absurdity as the show. :)

I think a lot of people are unaware this is a complete comedy. This being the case it's not surprising people think it's bad, but that's their problem. The comedy style is not a popular one, it's a particular style of generally British humour, best described as complete and utter nonsense. If you have no appreciation for absurdity, then you will NOT like this film.

Nothing in The Avengers should be taken at face value, it's all a load of s***. Steed and Peel are full of s***, that's the point. No one acts the way they do, they are both constantly trying to out cocky each other. The world of The Avengers is a place where "small things are taken with the utmost seriousness and important things are not taken seriously at all".

The Avengers purposely doesn't explain things, it's not supposed to make sense, that would ruin it. It's the little things in The Avengers that make it shine. Small asides from left-field that seem to go over most peoples heads.

Fiennes and Thurman are different than Macnee and Rigg, but I'm not sure they're much worse. Fiennes could perhaps have been a bit more cheerful. Thurmans whole screen presence is so vastly different from Riggs that it's impossible to compare, but I did enjoy Thurmans version of the infalable Peel. Connery going nuts was fun to see too. BTW Eddie Izzard not talking was the point of him being there, get it. Having Eddie Izzard in your movie and not having him say anything is to my mind very funny.

It's very hard to explain to people who flock to films like The Waterboy, why a film like The Avengers is so funny. Most people I guess will just never get it. I got it, and I'm glad that there ARE plenty of other people who did too. Congrats to the makers for daring to be different and convincing the studio into letting you spend $70 million.

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