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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

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In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

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Renowned adventurer Allan Quatermain leads a team of extraordinary figures with legendary powers to battle the technological terror of a madman known as "The Fantom." This "League" comprises seafarer/inventor Captain Nemo, vampiress Mina Harker, an invisible man named Rodney Skinner, American secret service agent Tom Sawyer, the ageless and invincible Dorian Gray, and the dangerous split personality of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. Written by Anonymous

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... The devil inside. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence, language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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11 July 2003 (USA)  »

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$78,000,000 (estimated)

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$176,107 (South Africa) (24 October 2003)

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£7,319,844 (UK) (28 November 2003)
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The biggest change between the comic and the film version is the relative downsizing of Mina Harker and Nemo. In the film, Sean Connery is the leader and protagonist, along with the American Tom Sawyer. The comic had the lady, Mina, as the undisputed leader and Nemo was responsible for many decisions. A significant part of the action was led by Mina and Nemo. This change missed the whole point of the comic, and contributed in part to it's abysmal failure. See more »

Goofs

When Skinner is transmitting his message to Nautilus he reports his heading as "east by northeast." There is no such compass heading. The direction should be either "east northeast," which equates to 067.5 degrees or "east by north," which equates to 078.75 degrees. See more »

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[first lines]
Sanderson Reed: [to coachman] Don't... wander... off.
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The 20th Century Fox logo transforms to become part of the London skyline. See more »


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Son of Africa
Score lyrics written by Joseph Shabalala
Score vocal performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo appears courtesy of Gallo Records Company
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Heavens, it wasn't THAT bad!
17 May 2004 | by (Burlington, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I've been reading the comments page in a somewhat bemused fashion. It seems to be divided between people who don't like the movie because it's not enough like the original graphic novel and people who don't like it because they've never heard of half of the characters that are members of the League. The latter seems to me to be an unutterably silly reason for disliking a film. Does nobody read the classics anymore? Nobody reads Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? I find that difficult to believe. As to the former--not enough like the graphic novel, in other words--just how in the heck can a screenwriter accommodate the dark and twisted visions of Alan Moore in a two-hour Hollywood movie, anyway?

I don't believe that one can compare anything written by Alan Moore to what ends up on the screen being ostensibly "based on the graphic novel". (The same applies to FROM HELL, which is another one most people pan, and one which I think is under-appreciated even though the style is breathtaking. I don't even want to think about the reaction that will ensue once THE WATCHMEN comes out!)

What seems to have been missed by most people is that this movie is about style as opposed to substance. It's based on a graphic novel. That's a fancy way of saying it's based on a comic book. On that level, the film succeeds admirably. The characters are archetypes of their literary forbears. They aren't supposed to be, strictly speaking, human. Of course the plot is grandiose, impractical, and over-the-top. Hello? Aren't most comic books like that? Good heavens, isn't most of STAR WARS?

I don't claim that this is a masterpiece. I do claim that's it's fun to watch if one approaches it with a willing suspension of disbelief. For a couple of bucks shelled out at the DVD rental shop, it takes one to a different world for close to two hours. On that level, it's worth a rental. It's also worth a rental, once one watches the movie, to listen to the commentary from various actors and to realize just how well these so-called "unknowns" do assorted accents that aren't even close to their own. Plus the golfing anecdotes are amusing. (And I don't even like golfing.)

This ain't CASABLANCA. Nor is it TITANIC, for which I eternally thank the gods. (Now, THERE was an overhyped piece of inaccurate trash that pretended to be history, but I digress.) But it's kind of fun, anyway, as long as one doesn't take it too seriously.


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