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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Anabel Leek
Big Red
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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They're not your average superheroes. See more »

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


$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,865, 8 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,655,590, 3 October 1999
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior shot of Dr. Heller's man-cave is the same makeshift building used for the fun house in the 1981 horror movie, The Funhouse (1981). See more »


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 »


[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 »


References What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) See more »


Disco Inferno
Written by Leroy Green, Ron Kersey (as Ron 'Have Mercy' Kersey)
Performed by The Trammps
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Fun send-up of comic superheroes
10 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Though I can't claim to be a comic book fanatic, I have read my share, so I guess I'm part of the audience of this film, and I wasn't disappointed. It does run out of steam near the end, it's almost overflowing with ideas, and it seems like Lena Olin, one of my favorite actresses, was left on the cutting room floor. Also, a little of Hank Azaria's Blue Raja can go a long way. Still, it's easy to forgive all of these faults when you have a film which is this much fun. All the actors seem to be having a blast with their roles, especially William H. Macy as the straight-arrow Shoveler, and Janeane Garofalo as The Bowler. And unlike some, I found the design of the city to make the joke even funnier. I also liked how disco was the music of choice of the bad guys; somehow, it seemed appropriate.

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