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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

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In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, science fiction, and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.

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Stephen Norrington

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Alan Moore (comic books), Kevin O'Neill (comic books) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Allan Quatermain
Naseeruddin Shah ... Captain Nemo
Peta Wilson ... Mina Harker
Tony Curran ... Rodney Skinner
Stuart Townsend ... Dorian Gray
Shane West ... Tom Sawyer
Jason Flemyng ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
Richard Roxburgh ... M
Max Ryan ... Dante
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Sanderson Reed
David Hemmings ... Nigel
Terry O'Neill Terry O'Neill ... Ishmael
Rudolf Pellar ... Draper
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... Constable Dunning
Robert Orr Robert Orr ... Running Officer
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Storyline

Renowned adventurer Allan Quatermain leads a team of extraordinary figures with legendary powers to battle the technological terror of a madman known as "The Fantom". This "League" comprises seafarer and inventor Captain Nemo, vampire Mina Harker, an invisible man named Rodney Skinner, American Secret Service Agent Tom Sawyer, the ageless and invincible Dorian Gray, and the dangerous split personality of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde... The devil inside. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence, language and innuendo | See all certifications »

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USA | Germany | Czech Republic | UK

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

11 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

LXG: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,075,892, 13 July 2003

Gross USA:

$66,465,204

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,265,204
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with The Times, Kevin O'Neill, illustrator of the comics, said he believed this movie failed because it was not respectful of the source material. He did not recognize the characters when reading the screenplay, and claimed that director Stephen Norrington and Sir Sean Connery did not cooperate. Finally, O'Neill said that the comic book version of Allan Quatermain was a lot better than the movie version, and that marginalizing Mina Murray as a vampire "changed the whole balance". See more »

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When Fantom is escaping from Quatermain, he throws down his mask, but in the next shot of him escaping out the window, he has his mask back on. See more »

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Sanderson Reed: [to coachman] Don't... wander... off.
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In the original theatrical release, during the opening credits when Alan Moore's credit first begins to appear on screen, it reads "Based on the COMIC BOOK by Alan Moore" but suddenly changes to "Based on the GRAPHIC NOVEL by Alan Moore". See more »

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For the Swedish release, approximately 33 seconds were cut from various violent scenes in order to receive an 11 certification. See more »

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Heavens, it wasn't THAT bad!
17 May 2004 | by keenan-1See all my reviews

I've been reading the comments page in a somewhat bemused fashion. It seems to be divided between people who don't like the movie because it's not enough like the original graphic novel and people who don't like it because they've never heard of half of the characters that are members of the League. The latter seems to me to be an unutterably silly reason for disliking a film. Does nobody read the classics anymore? Nobody reads Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? I find that difficult to believe. As to the former--not enough like the graphic novel, in other words--just how in the heck can a screenwriter accommodate the dark and twisted visions of Alan Moore in a two-hour Hollywood movie, anyway?

I don't believe that one can compare anything written by Alan Moore to what ends up on the screen being ostensibly "based on the graphic novel". (The same applies to FROM HELL, which is another one most people pan, and one which I think is under-appreciated even though the style is breathtaking. I don't even want to think about the reaction that will ensue once THE WATCHMEN comes out!)

What seems to have been missed by most people is that this movie is about style as opposed to substance. It's based on a graphic novel. That's a fancy way of saying it's based on a comic book. On that level, the film succeeds admirably. The characters are archetypes of their literary forbears. They aren't supposed to be, strictly speaking, human. Of course the plot is grandiose, impractical, and over-the-top. Hello? Aren't most comic books like that? Good heavens, isn't most of STAR WARS?

I don't claim that this is a masterpiece. I do claim that's it's fun to watch if one approaches it with a willing suspension of disbelief. For a couple of bucks shelled out at the DVD rental shop, it takes one to a different world for close to two hours. On that level, it's worth a rental. It's also worth a rental, once one watches the movie, to listen to the commentary from various actors and to realize just how well these so-called "unknowns" do assorted accents that aren't even close to their own. Plus the golfing anecdotes are amusing. (And I don't even like golfing.)

This ain't CASABLANCA. Nor is it TITANIC, for which I eternally thank the gods. (Now, THERE was an overhyped piece of inaccurate trash that pretended to be history, but I digress.) But it's kind of fun, anyway, as long as one doesn't take it too seriously.


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