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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  11 July 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
Terry O'Neill ...
Rudolf Pellar ...
Robert Willox ...
Robert Orr ...
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Rogue. A Scientist. A Spy. A Hunter. A Vampire. A beast. An Immortal See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

LXG  »

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Box Office


$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,075,892 (USA) (11 July 2003)


£7,319,844 (UK) (28 November 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to producer Don Murphy in a making-of featurette on the DVD release, pre-production work on this film actually predated the publication of the first issue of the comic book. This may explain why there are noticeable differences between the film and the graphic novel. See more »


When Hyde first transforms into Jekyll, before he collapses on the floor his pants are the right size for his Jekyll form. When he gets up, he has to hold up his now Hyde-sized pants. Later, when Jekyll transforms in the engine room, his pants and shoes remain intact even though his Hyde form is so much larger. See more »


[first lines]
Sanderson Reed: [to coachman] Don't... wander... off.
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Crazy Credits

In the original theatrical release, during the opening credits when Alan Moore's credit first begins to appear on screen, it reads "Based on the COMIC BOOK by Alan Moore" but suddenly changes to "Based on the GRAPHIC NOVEL by Alan Moore". See more »


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Largo al quadrupede
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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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