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The Avengers (1998)

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Two British Agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.

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Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writers:

Sydney Newman (television series The Avengers), Don MacPherson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... John Steed
Uma Thurman ... Dr. Emma Peel
Sean Connery ... Sir August de Wynter
Patrick Macnee ... Invisible Jones (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Mother
Fiona Shaw ... Father
Eddie Izzard ... Bailey
Eileen Atkins ... Alice
John Wood ... Trubshaw
Carmen Ejogo ... Brenda
Keeley Hawes ... Tamara
Shaun Ryder ... Donavan
Nicholas Woodeson ... Dr. Darling
Michael Godley Michael Godley ... Butler
Richard Lumsden ... Boodle's Porter
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British Ministry Agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by archvillain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August. Written by John Hawkinson <jhawk@mit.edu>

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When evil reigns, it takes two to weather the storm. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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The film, along with the television show it's based on, are the reason Marvel's The Avengers (2012) was retitled Avengers Assemble in the UK, to avoid confusion. See more »

Goofs

When Steed and Mrs. Peel are drinking tea in the car, from the way the sun shines through the cups it is clear that there is no liquid in the cups. See more »

Quotes

Techinian: [first lines - after negotiating gauntlet] Well done, Steed.
John Steed: My pleasure.
John Steed: But the nuns were a surprise.
Techinian: We try.
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Alternate Versions

UK DVD Z1 15873 does not feature Eddie Izzard opening his knife in his final fight - footage cut but present in other versions. The shot of the knife being opened is replaced by a reaction shot of Emma that is not featured in versions that have the knife opening. As a result the different versions do not have a different running time as the action goes back perfectly in sync after this moment. See more »

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Written by Suggs (as Graham 'Suggs' McPherson), Nick Feldman
Produced by Stephen Lironi
Performed by Suggs
Courtesy of Warner Music U.K.
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Consistently misjudged and lacking laughs, excitement or fun
17 January 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

John Steed is an agent for the Ministry; he is trained to perfection and one of the best despite his belief that the enemies of the past are no longer relevant. When a research laboratory into a weather-based defence system is blown up the main suspect is one Dr Emma Peel, although Dr Peel is adamant that she is innocent. With her being their only lead into the bomb, the Ministry assign Steed to work alongside her and use her to get to the bottom of the mystery – well, after tea anyway.

At the time of release I decided to give this film a miss as I felt I had heard too much of the critics having a field day to really be able to view it with a clear eye. Years later though I decided to give it a go on the basis that each year will see a blockbuster getting a kicking from all critics – sometimes deserved but at other time it is just a poor film that critics jump on it. However by the time I had reached the point where Sean Connery reveals his plan to a bunch of partners dressed as day-glow teddy bears I realised that things were not going to go well. Up till this point I had felt that the film was developing a nice little sense of humour that spoofs the idea of the typically English gentleman spy; however tongue-in-cheek humour is hard to do right and it is very easy to turn the film into a very silly affair that is not so much funny as it is embarrassing.

And so it was with The Avengers, a film that has some reasonable moments but is generally an unengaging and rather silly mess that can only be enjoyed as such. The problem is, this is a very expensive film for one that is just meant to be silly and it really needed to be fun, exciting and enjoyable as well, not just feature some silly points. For me the bear costumes were silly but enjoyable (it is such a weird sight that it stayed with me) but the majority of the rest of the film were just plain silly. The weather plot was poorly done and it never engaged me once.

The cast look good on paper but they are lost in the material and can do little with it. Of course in the case of Connery, it may have helped a little bit if he'd even tried, but he is poor throughout and just looks like a man getting paid. Fiennes is well cast and he is very English, it would have been a good performance had the rest of the film got the tone even half right. Thurman is not an actress I really rate and she has turned in too many average performances recently and here is no exception. Fans may appreciate her squeezed into tight costumes but for me that doesn't come close to covering a very poor performance where she gets it all wrong. Support from Broadbent, Izzard and Macnee sounds like a good prospect but really they have nothing to do and are pretty pointless in reality.

Overall this is not a laughingly terrible film, it is just lacking in any real, consistent value. Some bits are amusing but mostly it is all misjudged with the humour being too silly to work and damaging any dramatic value the film may have had. The actors are mostly poor, thanks to the material and an apparent uncertainty about what they are meant to be doing. It isn't the child of Satan or anything but I would be hard pressed to give you one reason why you should watch this.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305,957, 16 August 1998

Gross USA:

$23,384,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,384,939
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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