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Mystery Men (1999)

 -  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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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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Universal Pictures presents a new league of heroes that step to a different beat. See more »


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

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

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Hombres misteriosos  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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£42,290 (UK) (24 December 1999)

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£822,925 (UK) (7 January 2000)
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The Bowler's stream-of-consciousness monologue in support of independent filmmaking at the conclusion of the film was originally not intended to be included in the finished print. Janeane Garofalo was instructed by director Kinka Usher to say whatever came to her mind at the time (Usher simply wanted to use up some excess film.) Usher liked her performance so much he edited it into the final print. See more »

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When The Bowler first arrives at the tryouts, she removes her ball from her bag and kicks it away. Immediately after it is back at her side. See more »

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

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Spoofs Henry V (1989) See more »

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Won't You Come Down
Written by J. Ralph (as Joshua 'Spy' Ralph)
Performed by Spy
Courtesy of Lava/Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Who Says Superheroes Have To Be Super?
5 September 2003 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

In the history of movies based on comic books, "Mystery Men" is one of the most underrated ones. This is no regular comic superhero movie! It follows the exploits of a motley crew of well-meaning wannabes, which include Mr. Furious (played by Ben Stiller), the Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), the Shoveller (William H. Macy), the Blue Rajah (Hank Azariah) and the Spleen (Paul Reubens). "Mystery Men" spoofs several aspects of superhero movies like "Superman" or "Batman," such as the pithy sayings, and the questions about secret identities. Most of the superheroes aren't billionaires like Bruce Wayne, but blue-collar types with menial jobs and neurotic home lives. So it looks as if director Kinka Usher is making the heroes into something the average viewer can relate to. I found "Mystery Men" to be visually stimulating and very funny. Even if it doesn't turn into a franchise, it's still a joy to watch!


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