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After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

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Storyline

Rowan plays the eponymous lead character in a spoof spy thriller. During the course of the story we follow our hero as he attempts to single-handedly save the country from falling into the hands of a despot. Written by Alistair Knight

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spy | british | crown jewels | funeral | spoof | See more »

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He's the kind of secret agent the Secret Service keeps secret. See more »


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Rated PG for comic nudity, some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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18 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$312,074 (Japan) (3 October 2003)

Gross:

$734,283 (Japan) (10 October 2003)
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Trivia

The Johnny English character is based on a cowardly, incompetent spy played by Rowan Atkinson who first appeared in a series of television commercials for Barclaycard, with his assistant Bough (then played by Henry Naylor). The "poison dart pen" sequence is based on a scene in the commercials where Johnny shoots himself in the leg with the pen. See more »

Goofs

After Johnny English has accidentally landed in the hospital, a sign behind him points towards "Orthopedics". UK hospitals use the British spelling of "Orthopaedics". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny English: Ah, the Heckler and Koch G-36. Quite deadly in the right hands.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Lorna (who was ejected from English's car in the last scene) landing in a swimming pool. Sitting beside the swimming pool is the strange-looking man that English described to his boss early in the film. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #29.13 (2003) See more »

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Bang Bang (You're The One)
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It's certainly not a great movie, but to say it's vastly superior to the Austin Powers series is to pay it too small a compliment.
21 April 2003 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

It's not just that the jokes are funnier (there's one explicit poo joke, which is one too many, but still: it's just the one) or that Rowan Atkinson is a far better performer than Mike Myers, or anything comparatively trivial like that. No. The real difference is that "Johnny English" has its heart in the right place. Part of this difference is the fact that it has a heart at all.

English, unlike Powers, is not just a blank space in which the screenwriters can insert gags. He's a character. And there's more to the character than just clumsiness and pomposity. English is endearing because he's manifestly no fool. We know more than he knows, we see the banana skin immediately in front of his feet which he invariably fails to see, and in a way it's his fault he fails to see it himself, but his failure to see it is always something other than a failure of intelligence. He's easy enough to humiliate but, for some reason, hard to hoodwink. It's refreshing, too, that we're allowed to feel for him - when, for instance, he's dismissed from the case. We see Johnny English being devastated, not Rowan Atkinson trying to be funny.

Sure, it's not what it could have been. It's funny without being brilliantly so, and the satire (what there is of it) is on the blunt side. But these merely negative failings aren't enough to kill a film. Its biggest problem may be bad timing. When the script was being written, the anti-French sentiment must have seemed quaint and amusing, harmless because unreal; nobody could have predicted, surely, the sickening wave of hatred (the fact that it was all planned by the likes of Rupert Murdoch does not, alas, make the hatred any less real) that was shortly to sweep over the English-speaking world. Any joke about the French now has a sour taste at best.


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