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A security guard's dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer.

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Sikes (as Michael G. Hagerty)
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Gadgetmobile (voice)
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A remake of the television series, Matthew Broderick stars as Gadget, who suffers an accident at the beginning of the film, and befriends Brenda, a robotic surgeon who repairs Gadget so that he can defeat the villain Claw. In the meantime, Gadget and Brenda fall in love. Written by Ari Herzog <ari@ici.net>

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Rated PG for whacky violence/action, language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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23 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£875,923 (UK) (17 December 1999)

Gross:

£8,266,880 (UK) (25 February 2000)
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Trivia

Brendan Fraser was considered for the role of Gadget, but turned the role down due to working on George of the Jungle (1997) another live-action Disney film based on an animated cartoon. See more »

Goofs

The fender of Claw's limosine is clearly damaged after colliding with the gadgetmobile. However, in the next shot the damage has repaired itself. See more »

Quotes

[during the credits, RoboBrenda is doing an exercise show that only she can do, as she is spinning seemingly uncontrollably]
Robo-Brenda: And kick, and kick and kick and kick and kick and kick and fall!
[RoboBrenda falls off the deck onto the beach which isn't too far down]
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The producers wish to thank the people of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Pittsburgh. See more »

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Spoofs Speed (1994) See more »

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Wild Wild Life
(1986)
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz (as Chistopher Frantz), Tina Weymouth (as Martina Weymouth) and Jerry Harrison
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good special effects, weak story
9 March 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Children and adults alike are decidedly ill served by "Inspector Gadget," a frenetic but genuinely mirthless live action take on the popular Saturday morning cartoon series that mires poor Matthew Broderick in the role of a nerdish do-gooder who gets the chance to live out his heroic fantasies when he is converted into a one-man, self-contained crime fighting cybernetic arsenal.

Thanks to current state-of-the-art special effects, the filmmakers manage to effectively translate the cartoonish aspects of the original to the live action format. Despite a few glaringly bad shots utilizing rear screen projection, the visuals that help to realize the infinite gadgets at the inspector's disposal are genuinely jaw-dropping.

What the movie makers couldn't (or, at least, wouldn't) come up with is a decent script - without which all the greatest special effects in the world cannot a quality film make. Gadget is surrounded by a gallery of dull, poorly written caricatures ranging from a giddy, self-absorbed mayor, to a gruff, shortsighted chief of police, and an effete mad scientist bent on creating an army of indestructible gadget warriors, with which, of course, he (ho hum) plans to rule the world. Even the newly "hipified" gadget mobile comes across as a charmless, grating irritant as he provides a constant stream of witless one-liners as running commentary to the action.

Of the actors, Broderick and Rupert Everett cannot be faulted since both provide a degree of enthusiasm wholly unwarranted by the inferior screenplay with which they are saddled. For a perfect marriage of sophisticated writing and unsurpassable special effects, check out "Toy Story 2." And see what "Inspector Gadget" might indeed have been.


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