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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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(as Jeremiah Chechik)

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(television series The Avengers),
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Dr. Darling
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Boodle's Porter
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British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain 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, only one team can weather the storm. See more »


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

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14 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los vengadores  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305,957, 16 August 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,322,832, 4 October 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,200,000, 4 October 1998
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Roger Lloyd Pack filmed scenes as a professor working on the Prospero Program during an opening sequence which was deleted from the final print. He can still be glimpsed in the trailer. See more »

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Wheen Steed is searching for Mrs Peel in the corridors under "The Ministry" he runs along a long corridor and halts and turns left but where he stops to turn, it is very obvious that the long continuing corridor is merely a painted on illusion to give the appearance of a corridor stretching on in the distance. See more »

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Sir August de Wynter: [addressing the world leaders] Now is the winter of your discontent!
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Spoofed in Toy Story 2 (1999) See more »

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Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 (Medium)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Not great, but not the horror everyone else describes
6 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Frankly, when THE AVENGERS was released, I wanted it to bomb--I wanted Hollywood to finally get the idea that ripping off old TV shows is IMBECILIC and almost never successful. Thus, I was happy that the movie did poorly and closed quickly. (I also took a trip to London just as the movie was released, and if you think it was ill-received here, the British took it times TEN.)

Ironically, though, it isn't that bad a movie. Not great, but certainly not the despicable mess that most others seem to think.

It's been called ridiculous, slow, talky, surreal. Well, what a shock, so was the original series. I've recently viewed the entire 1967 season (bought all four boxed sets), and the show is all those things at times. It is slow, generally, at a very langorous pace throughout most stories. It is talky, since most of the charm of the original was in the dialogue between characters. It was surreal, even ridiculous (The Winged Avenger, anyone? Eeee-urp.)

Uma Thurman does a passable job as Emma--she's no Diana Rigg, but who is? She plays the character smart enough, although she doesn't quite capture Rigg's regal command of situation. Ralph Fiennes, however, misses the character of Steed quite a bit, playing him as reserved, without any of Steed's charisma. Steed always had a quality about him that made you feel as if he woke up every morning feeling absolutely smashing--Fiennes seems to miss that.

The problem the film faces is twofold: Those of us who have seen the original will always compare the two, and a copy can't hope to compare. Those who haven't seen the series have no grounds to assess it on--(see some of the above user comments which begin 'I never saw the original series...')and since I think this series is not exactly vividly-remembered by the majority of the population (particularly the 18 and under movie-goers, who don't have much grasp of the nuances The Avengers operated on). Frankly, The Avengers was probably just a bad choice to try to remake

(--LIKE ALL OLD TV SHOWS. Tell me one old-TV remake that has ever spawned a sequel (which Hollywood is always sure to do when something is a success)-- only THE BRADY BUNCH...point proven?)


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