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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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Two amazing secret agents. One diabolical madman. Conditions are dark. The forecast is deadly. Tea, anyone? See more »


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

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Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£937,166 (UK) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

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

The original release date was June 26th, 1998. After poor test screenings, the film was pushed back to August 14 1998 and the June spot was filled in by A Perfect Murder (1998). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alice: [holding a submachine gun, to Steed and Emma Peel] Would you please be so kind as to hit the ground, if it's not too much trouble?
[Fires submachine gun, kills the bad guy]
Alice: I hope he was a baddie.
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Spoofs Starship Troopers (1997) See more »

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Written by 'Graham 'Suggs' McPherson', Nick Feldman
Produced by Stephen Lironi
Performed by 'Graham 'Suggs' McPherson' (as Suggs)
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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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