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Johnny English (2003)

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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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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The star of Bean is now Her Majesty's most trusted secret agent. 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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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£3,435,342 (UK) (11 April 2003)

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$27,972,410 (USA) (19 September 2003)
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The film has been considered by a few to be a remake or updated version of The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad! (1988) which was released 15 years before this film. In both films, the main protagonists Frank Drebin, a incompetent police officer and Johnny English, a incompetent spy both become suspicious of the film's main antagonists, Vincent Ludwig, a respected businessman and Pasqual Sauvage, a French businessman, when Frank's partner Officer Nordberg is gunned down and the Crown Jewels are stolen and in both films, Frank and Johnny both discover that Ludwig and Sauvage are criminals and they uncover their schemes which both concern Queen Elizabeth. See more »

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The is absolutely no geographical consistency to the hearse chase, with consecutive shots frequently depicting the vehicles in completely different areas of London. See more »

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[first lines]
Johnny English: Ah, the Heckler and Koch G-36. Quite deadly in the right hands.
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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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Composed by Gay-Yee Westerhoff
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Courtesy of The Decca Music Group Limited
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Patchy but likable Spy Spoof
26 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The talented Rowan Atkinson expands his character from a series of TV adverts shown in the UK in the late 1990's onto the big screen.So does the transfer from two-minute sketches adapt successfully into feature-length narrative? The answer surprisingly is quite well,although the film does have flat spots and gags that somewhat misfire.The plot and incidents that take place are an obvious mixture and borrowing from the NAKED GUN and AUSTIN POWERS series of parodies,but what is refreshing is that the character of Johnny English is mostly free of the occasional mugging that was witnessed in the above films,and also Atkinson's MR BEAN creation,which was of course wordless but did sometimes engage in some rather messy slapstick.There is some messy slapstick here,but Atkinson's interpretation is closer to his greatest comic character of Edmund BLACKADDER,with his sometimes cynical and sarcastic tone,though he has traits of bumbling incompetence like Mr.Bean,though not total idiocy which makes English more sympathetic.A lower budget than the AUSTIN POWERS series means there are fewer elaborate set pieces,but some scenes work very well and there are some witty exchanges of dialogue.There's decent support from Natalie Imbruglia,Ben Miller and Tim Pigott-Smith,but John Malkovich is the most amusing as the villain with his cod French accent.It is encouraging to see a comedy which underplays it's scenes these days,rather than performers shouting and screaming in a desperate bid to force laughter out of an audience.That said,some scenes in the film don't always come off,perhaps because they are understated too much,but the best bits are very funny(especially the final scenes)and further sequels with this character would be most welcome.


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