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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 supervillain 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 / Jeff
Janeane Garofalo ... Bowler
William H. Macy ... Shoveler / Eddy
Kel Mitchell ... Invisible Boy
Paul Reubens ... Spleen
Ben Stiller ... Furious / Roy
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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Trivia

The Bowler's stream-of-consciousness monologue in support of independent filmmaking at the conclusion of the film was originally not intended to be included in the finished print. Janeane Garofalo was instructed by director Kinka Usher to say whatever came to her mind at the time (Usher simply wanted to use up some excess film.) Usher liked her performance so much he edited it into the final print. 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 »

Quotes

[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

The film title appears in the sky above Champion City. See more »

Alternate Versions

PG-rated home video versions in the UK were cut by the BBFC to get a PG rating (although the UK cinema version was passed uncut with the same rating). A double ear clap was removed, as well as the (apparent) sound of a head-butt. The film was finally passed uncut with a 12 rating in January 2020. See more »

Connections

References All That (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

The Roof Is on Fire
Written by Gregory Wigfall (as G. Wigfall), Jerry Bloodrock (as J. Bloodrock), Celite Evans (as C. Evans), Richard Lee Fowler (as R. Fowler), Charles Pettiford (as C. Pettiford)
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Great fun
4 July 2002 | by bdieboldSee all my reviews

This movie is a lot of fun. What makes it great especially are two things: one is the straightforward way the characters embrace the stereotypes, with discussions of their costumes and superpowers. There's an endearing earnestness to the parody that's very appealing; the second is basic sweetness of the characters and the quality of the chemistry. Claire Forlani deserves particular note as the object of Mr. Furious's desires. There's a boatload of talent here. I realize some with high expectations may have been disappointed, but this movie is a lot of fun, and kind of sweet.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,865, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$29,762,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,461,011
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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