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Mystery Men (1999)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 6 August 1999 (USA)
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A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

Director:

Kinka Usher

Writers:

Neil Cuthbert, Bob Burden (comic book series)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Azaria ... Blue Raja
Janeane Garofalo ... Bowler
William H. Macy ... Shoveler
Kel Mitchell ... Invisible Boy
Paul Reubens ... Spleen
Ben Stiller ... Furious
Wes Studi ... Sphinx
Greg Kinnear ... Captain Amazing / Lance
Geoffrey Rush ... Casanova Frankenstein
Lena Olin ... Dr. Anabel Leek
Eddie Izzard ... Tony P
Artie Lange ... Big Red
Pras Michel ... Tony C (as Prakazrel Michel)
Claire Forlani ... Monica
Tom Waits ... Doc Heller
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Storyline

In order to generate more endorsement revenue, Champion City's resident superhero Captain Amazing arranges for the release of supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, only to be captured by him. The city's fate rests in the hands of seven loser superhero wannabes: the spoon-flinging Blue Rajah, the shovel-wielding Shoveler, the possessed bowling ball-hurling Bowler, the flatulent Spleen, the only-when-nobody's-looking Invisible Boy, the mysterious Sphinx, and the perpetually-angry Mr. Furious. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Universal Pictures presents a new league of heroes that step to a different beat. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic action violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombres misteriosos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,865, 8 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,655,590, 3 October 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two police squad cars seen throughout the film are both 1968 Dodge Chargers with various embellishments. See more »

Goofs

In the diner, after The Shoveller, Blue Raja, and Mr. Furious are discussing recruiting, The Shoveller and Mr. Furious extend their pinkies and thumbs, but when shown from above, they are extending their pinkies and index fingers. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Heller: [offering an old lady candy at the Senior dance] Would you like something sweet?
Old Lady: [impressed] Oh!
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Crazy Credits

Dockers Khakis are the official khakis of Champion City. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video version is cut to get a PG rating. A double ear clap is removed, as well as the sound of a head-butt. The UK cinema version was uncut with the same rating. See more »


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Written by Lynval Golding, Jerry Dammers (as Jeremy Dammers), Neville Staple (as Neville Staples), Terry Hall (as Terence Hall), John Bradbury, Roddy Byers (as Rod Byers) and Horace Panter (as Stephen Panter)
Performed by Citizen King
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Lightweight, Goofy & Fun
3 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was different, that's for sure. Just look at the cast! Talk about oddballs.

William H. Macy and Ben Stiller were the stars, although a bunch of actors almost share the spotlight, in this farce about superhero-wannabees. The most outrageous was played by Paul Reubens of "Pee Wee Herman" fame.

There is lots of humor, garish colors and no lulls. It's a pretty entertaining, lightweight comedy with nothing but goofy characters, all of whom want to be heroes a la Superman, Batman, Spiderman, you name. They have talents in strange areas, however, that the real heroes don't (and don't want to!). It's silly, but you know that going on.

It's also a film you can watch in installments and not really miss any continuity. It's a long movie for one so hectic, so taking a break here and there is okay. The language was tame so kids could enjoy this, too. In fact, I don't recall any swearing in here, except the guy in the theater next to me who kept uttering, "What a dumb, f---ing movie." I thought it was fun two hours but I'd rather watch it on DVD and take a few breaks.


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