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Johnny English (2003)

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After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

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Peter Howitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Johnny English
Tasha de Vasconcelos ... Countess Alexandra - Exotic Woman
Ben Miller ... Bough, English's Sidekick
Greg Wise ... Agent One
Douglas McFerran Douglas McFerran ... Carlos Vendetta
Steve Nicolson ... Dieter Klein
Terence Harvey ... Official at Funeral
Kevin McNally ... Prime Minister
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Pegasus, Head of MI7
Nina Young ... Pegasus' Secretary
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ... Sir Anthony Chevenix
Natalie Imbruglia ... Lorna Campbell
Philippa Fordham Philippa Fordham ... Snobby Woman
John Malkovich ... Pascal Sauvage, the Greedy Frenchman
Tim Berrington Tim Berrington ... Roger
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Storyline

Rowan plays the eponymous lead character in a spoof spy thriller. During the course of the story we follow our hero as he attempts to single-handedly save the country from falling into the hands of a despot. Written by Alistair Knight

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When it comes to secret agents, there's smooth, there's sophisticated, and then...there's English. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comic nudity, some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny English - Der Spion, der es versiebte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,435,342 (United Kingdom), 13 April 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,134,085, 20 July 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$28,082,366

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,583,018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film has been considered by a few to be a remake or updated version of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988). In both films, the main protagonists Frank Drebin, a incompetent police officer and Johnny English, a incompetent spy both become suspicious of the film's main antagonists, Vincent Ludwig, a respected businessman and Pasqual Sauvage, a French businessman, when Frank's partner Officer Nordberg is gunned down and the Crown Jewels are stolen and in both films, Frank and Johnny both discover that Ludwig and Sauvage are criminals and they uncover their schemes which both concern Queen Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

When the crown jewels are returned to the police station. The Police station has a sign saying "City of London Police", on the news report it says "The crown jewels were returned to a police station in north London". However the 'City of London' police only patrol within 'the square mile' in the centre of Greater London. North London would refer to northern Greater London, which is covered by the Metropolitan Police. Even if the City of London police station was in the north of the square mile, no-one would refer to it as north London as it's such a small area. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Johnny English: Ah, the Heckler and Koch G-36. Quite deadly in the right hands.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, we see Lorna (who was ejected from English's car in the last scene) landing in a swimming pool. Sitting beside the swimming pool is the strange-looking man that English described to his boss early in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.20 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Only Ones
Composed by Mark Brydon and Roisin Murphy
Performed by Moloko
Courtesy of The Echo Label Limited
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It's certainly not a great movie, but to say it's vastly superior to the Austin Powers series is to pay it too small a compliment.
21 April 2003 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

It's not just that the jokes are funnier (there's one explicit poo joke, which is one too many, but still: it's just the one) or that Rowan Atkinson is a far better performer than Mike Myers, or anything comparatively trivial like that. No. The real difference is that "Johnny English" has its heart in the right place. Part of this difference is the fact that it has a heart at all.

English, unlike Powers, is not just a blank space in which the screenwriters can insert gags. He's a character. And there's more to the character than just clumsiness and pomposity. English is endearing because he's manifestly no fool. We know more than he knows, we see the banana skin immediately in front of his feet which he invariably fails to see, and in a way it's his fault he fails to see it himself, but his failure to see it is always something other than a failure of intelligence. He's easy enough to humiliate but, for some reason, hard to hoodwink. It's refreshing, too, that we're allowed to feel for him - when, for instance, he's dismissed from the case. We see Johnny English being devastated, not Rowan Atkinson trying to be funny.

Sure, it's not what it could have been. It's funny without being brilliantly so, and the satire (what there is of it) is on the blunt side. But these merely negative failings aren't enough to kill a film. Its biggest problem may be bad timing. When the script was being written, the anti-French sentiment must have seemed quaint and amusing, harmless because unreal; nobody could have predicted, surely, the sickening wave of hatred (the fact that it was all planned by the likes of Rupert Murdoch does not, alas, make the hatred any less real) that was shortly to sweep over the English-speaking world. Any joke about the French now has a sour taste at best.


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