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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.

Director:

Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

Writers:

Sydney Newman (television series The Avengers), Don MacPherson
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Cast

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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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los vengadores See more »

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Box Office

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Fiennes found the whangee-handled umbrella (favored by Macnee) uncomfortable to handle, preferring to use a smoother rosewood one, instead of bamboo. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in the boardroom with the teddy bears, De Wynter says that anyone who wishes to leave can do so, and a payment of one million dollars will await them. However, he clearly mouths the word "pounds" instead of "dollars." 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

The original cut of the film ran around 115m., according to advance reviews. Many of the scenes cut include:
  • The original opening sequence featured the "Evil Emma" infiltrating a secret base, the Prospero Project. She drives up to the base in a blue Jaguar on a secluded London highway, and enters through a red phone booth by uttering the words "how now brown cow? After gaining access to the base, she proceeds to kill several of the scientists and security personnel, and destroys the base by blowing it up.
  • The scene of Sir August De Wynter playing organ was originally shown after the opening. As the base blows up, he exclaims "let our revels begin!"
  • When Emma Peel enters the Gentlemen's club, the attendant who insists that she not enter because she is a woman continues to prevent her from entering, and which point she Karate chops him, which sends him flying down a flight of stairs.
  • A scene of Sir August De Wynter, dressed in the teddy-bear suit, rhythmically slicing the face of a scientist to classical music while trying to figure out the clues to the Prospero Project.
  • The first meeting between Emma Peel and John Steed was originally longer. You can see her walking through the corridors before she finally makes her way into the sauna. The dialogue is longer, more frank, and it isn't dubbed, as it is in the theatrical release.
  • A more coherent explanation of why Emma's Jag exploded after the mechanical bee attack.
  • Emma Peel drops from De Wynter's arms as she is escorted to his room. He doesn't let go of her, and brings her back up swiftly.
  • When Sir August De Wynter has Emma Peel in his bed, he lowers the zipper on her shirt just a little more.
  • More scenes of Peel and Steed walking through the corridors of Wonderland Weather.
  • Emma Peel bounces back and forth between the walls of her padded cell.
  • Sir August De Wynter drives to the World Council meeting in a Rolls Royce snowplow after it begins snowing heavily as a result of his weather machine.
  • More shots of Mother witnessing the worldwide destruction that the weather machine is causing.
  • More scenes of Peel and Steed walking through De Wynter's headquarters after they lower in through the telephone booth.
  • An extra shot of Big Ben exploding, shown from slightly farther away.
  • During the climactic battle between John Steed and Sir August De Wynter, De Wynter slices Steed with his sword several times. De Wynter raises his arms as the battle nears it's end. Steed becomes enraged toward the end of the battle. Note how Steed's shirt is inexplicably cut and bloodied after the fight begins.
  • After the Prospero Project self-detonates, a countdown clock begins to tick, nearing toward the explosion. When the explosions begins, the silver dome in the headquarters ( the one Steed and Peel pass when they enter) is shown exploding.
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Soundtracks

I AM
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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23 December 2004 | by maltcavetSee all my reviews

I love the Avengers. Emma Peel was a hero of my childhood. I was ridiculously excited for the arrival of this film and had nauseated all my friends when the project was first announced about who was to be our two spies. I was thrilled with the selection of Fiennes -- but Thurman? I was hesitant. Then Diana Rigg passed on being in the film. Another bad sign. Then, the television trailers, yet a third omen but I told myself the movie could not possibly be that bad. IT was worse than my wildest nightmares -- and I have an excellent imagination. Thurman was as bad as I thought, Fiennes had nothing to play to. Macnee, oh, how it could have improved if we'd seen him. I think this movie is terrible because they didn't get the joke. The Avengers is cheeky, campy, fun, and never without some form of the double entendre somewhere. Apparently, the script writes never actually saw the series and didn't get the joke. I beg, some British filmmaker somewhere give it a chance. Make your own version. Give some dignity back.


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