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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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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/inventor Captain Nemo, vampiress 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/Mr. Hyde. Written by Anonymous

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This summer, Join the League. 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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Details

Country:

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,465,204

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,265,204
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

According to producer Don Murphy in a making-of featurette on the DVD release, pre-production work on this film actually predated the publication of the first issue of the comic book. This may explain why there are noticeable differences between the film and the graphic novel. See more »

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In the widescreen edition DVD When Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) is talking with Agent Sawyer (Shane West) just before the "shooting lesson" he tells Sawyer about his last mission for the crown. Quartermain says "I even took my son ALONG" but the close caption reads; "I even took my SON-IN-LAW". Later on including the very next sentence in that same scene, Quartermain says that it was his son (not son-in-law) whom he lost on his previous mission. See more »

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Sanderson Reed: [to coachman] Don't... wander... off.
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The League of SO MUCH Potential
17 July 2005 | by moviemanMASee all my reviews

Sean Connery is a very distinguished actor. He has appeared in several great films spanning decades. He was the original 007 James Bond and has since made his mark on the American Cinema. His way or presenting a line is uncanny. Connery is a real hero. His character Allan Quartermain is no different.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen shows the world during the turn of the century, 1900. The dawn of a new era is about to begin as the world changes into the industrial, mechanized age. New technologies are being developed and Europe is gripped with terror. The man known as "The Fantom" is toying with England and Germnay, starting what seems like a war between the two. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Allan Quartermain is picked to lead a team of select individuals on an expedition to find and stop "The Fantom". Allan is teamed up with Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), Tom Sawyer (Shane West), Dorian Grey (Stuart Townsend), Dr. Jekyll (and Mr. Hyde; Jason Flemyng), and Rodney Skinner known as "The Invisible Man" (Tony Curran).

This movie features a team of famous characters of literature that suit this period. The idea for the film is very ingenious. Most movies of heroes and people with special talents center around figures from today, not from yesterday. Although some of the characters might not be recognizable to children, they don't really have to know about them. This isn't the best kids movie, with scenes of intense action and some not too pleasant graphics (Dr Jekyll to Mr. Hyde transformation). This movie could have been so much more. For some reason it just didn't click. The cast does an OK job of bringing these characters to life, but there was room for improvement. Sometimes the effects overtake the story and bring down the whole movie.

It is an enjoyable movie but isn't for everyone. It's a good adventure and a decent picture all together. It's nothing to special but it doesn't hurt to watch. Connery is good as the aging Quartermain and with the father/son relationship with West, there is more to just the cat and mouse adventure. LXG is a pleasant film that could have been truly extraordinary.


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