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Mystery Men (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Fantasy  |  6 August 1999 (USA)
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A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.



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Tony C (as Prakazrel Michel)


In order to generate more endorsement revenue, Champion City's resident superhero Captain Amazing arranges for the release of supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, only to be captured by him. The city's fate rests in the hands of seven loser superhero wannabes: the spoon-flinging Blue Rajah, the shovel-wielding Shoveler, the possessed bowling ball-hurling Bowler, the flatulent Spleen, the only-when-nobody's-looking Invisible Boy, the mysterious Sphinx, and the perpetually-angry Mr. Furious. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic action violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres misteriosos  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,017,865 (USA) (6 August 1999)


£822,925 (UK) (7 January 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Monica asks Mr. Furious for his name, he calls himself Phoenix Dark - a reference to the classic X-Men story Dark Phoenix Saga, later used as the basis of the film X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). See more »


The purple stuffed animal The Shoveller runs over in his driveway already has the material cut before he pulls its head off. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Heller: [offering an old lady candy at the Senior dance] Would you like something sweet?
Old Lady: [impressed] Oh!
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Crazy Credits

Dockers Khakis are the official khakis of Champion City. See more »


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Written by Jason O'Bryan, Barry Ashworth, T.K. Lawrence, Willie J. Woods, Junior Walker (as Autry Dewalt),
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Performed by Dub Pistols
Courtesy of 1500 Records/A&M Records, Inc.
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International U.K. and Ireland Ltd.
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User Reviews

Great fun
4 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a lot of fun. What makes it great especially are two things: one is the straightforward way the characters embrace the stereotypes, with discussions of their costumes and superpowers. There's an endearing earnestness to the parody that's very appealing; the second is basic sweetness of the characters and the quality of the chemistry. Claire Forlani deserves particular note as the object of Mr. Furious's desires. There's a boatload of talent here. I realize some with high expectations may have been disappointed, but this movie is a lot of fun, and kind of sweet.

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