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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.

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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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We're not your classic heroes, we're the other guys. 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:

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:

$29,655,590
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. A. Heller, when met for the second time, is making bizarre noises with objects, for eerie effect. Tom Waits, (Heller), has used the same noises in his music and poetry. See more »

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Orientation of sandwich in The Shoveller's hand during Egg Salad speech. See more »

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[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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UK video version is cut to get a PG rating. A double ear clap is removed, as well as the sound of a head-butt. The UK cinema version was uncut with the same rating. See more »

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A Hoot!
21 August 2005 | by poetbardSee all my reviews

Forget depth of meaning, leave your logic at the door, and have a great time with this maniacally funny, totally absurdist, ultra-campy live-action "cartoon". MYSTERY MEN is a send-up of every superhero flick you've ever seen, but its unlikely super-wannabes are so interesting, varied, and well-cast that they are memorable characters in their own right. Dark humor, downright silliness, bona fide action, and even a touching moment or two, combine to make this comic fantasy about lovable losers a true winner. The comedic talents of the actors playing the Mystery Men -- including one Mystery Woman -- are a perfect foil for Wes Studi as what can only be described as a bargain-basement Yoda, and Geoffrey Rush as one of the most off-the-wall (and bizarrely charming) villains ever to walk off the pages of a Dark Horse comic book and onto the big screen. Get ready to laugh, cheer, and say "huh?" more than once.... enjoy!


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