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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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They're not your average superheroes. 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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kinka Usher: as Moe. Coincidentally, Moe is the name of one of Hank Azaria's (Blue Rajah) many different characters in The Simpsons (1989). See more »

Goofs

After Lance Hunt reads Captain Amazing's "letter" during Casanova's trial, he folds it back up. However, in the next shot it is unfolded, then in the following shot when he puts the letter in his coat, it is folded up again. 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

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

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.176 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

That's the Way (I Like It)
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey), Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Who Says Superheroes Have To Be Super?
5 September 2003 | by EmperorNortonIISee all my reviews

In the history of movies based on comic books, "Mystery Men" is one of the most underrated ones. This is no regular comic superhero movie! It follows the exploits of a motley crew of well-meaning wannabes, which include Mr. Furious (played by Ben Stiller), the Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), the Shoveller (William H. Macy), the Blue Rajah (Hank Azariah) and the Spleen (Paul Reubens). "Mystery Men" spoofs several aspects of superhero movies like "Superman" or "Batman," such as the pithy sayings, and the questions about secret identities. Most of the superheroes aren't billionaires like Bruce Wayne, but blue-collar types with menial jobs and neurotic home lives. So it looks as if director Kinka Usher is making the heroes into something the average viewer can relate to. I found "Mystery Men" to be visually stimulating and very funny. Even if it doesn't turn into a franchise, it's still a joy to watch!


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