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My Name Is Modesty: A Modesty Blaise Adventure (2004)

When her surrogate father who owns the casino she works in gets murdered, Modesty Blaise takes on those that killed him and are now at the casino to rob it. It turns out she is more than just a modest worker.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Staden ... Modesty Blaise
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Miklos
Raymond Cruz ... Raphael Garcia
Fred Pearson ... Professor Lob
Valentin Teodosiu Valentin Teodosiu ... Henri Louche
Eugenia Yuan ... Irina
Bianca Ana Tudorica Bianca Ana Tudorica ... Young Modesty
Ion Haiduc Ion Haiduc ... High Roller
Laura Iordache Laura Iordache ... Olivette
Ana Maria Florescu Ana Maria Florescu ... Danielle
Bogdan Dumitrescu Bogdan Dumitrescu ... Boutellis
Dan Chiriac Dan Chiriac ... Ishua
Marcel Cobzariu Marcel Cobzariu ... Charopos
Dragos Bucur ... Janos
Dan Astileanu Dan Astileanu ... Squad Leader
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When her surrogate father who owns the casino she works in gets murdered, Modesty Blaise takes on those that killed him and are now at the casino to rob it. It turns out she is more than just a modest worker.

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Killer elegance, deadly force, explosive strength... what's in a name? See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Name Is Modesty See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is one major discrepancy between this film and the way Modesty's background is described in the novels and comic strips. According to the flashbacks shown in this movie, Lob, the old man who tutored Modesty, was not only a scholarly professor who knew seven languages and had a great general knowledge, but was also a martial arts master who taught Modesty advanced unarmed combat (despite the fact that Modesty, as a child, is also shown saving Lob from some thieving boys). In the novels and comic strips Lob was the intellectual tutor, but he was totally helpless and needed Modesty to defend him. Modesty learned unarmed combat at a later time in her life, picking it up various places including from masters in the Far East. See more »

Goofs

When Modesty opens to the first page of Lob's copy of "Morte d'Arthur", the text is in English, as it should be. As she leafs through the pages, however, the text changes to French. See more »

Quotes

Modesty Blaise: We always have choices about what we make of ourselves, but we don't always know where those choices will lead.
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Connections

Referenced in A Conversation with Peter O'Donnell (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Jared Hazak
Written by Waleed Issa
Performed by Gabriel Mann (as Gabe Rutman)
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Unexpectedly good

Unfortunately many consumers who write reviews for IMDb equate low budget with not good. Whatever else this movie might need, more budget really isn't part of it. Big sets and lots of special effects would have turned it into another Lara Croft movie. What we have here is a step or two better than that.

The nearly unknown Alexandra Staden is captivating as the enigmatic Modesty, and this is crucial for this movie to work. Her wise little smiles and knowing looks are formidable, and you find yourself wishing that the camera won't leaver her face. It makes it workable that the bad guy Nikolai, played by also little known (in the U.S. at least) Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau might take an unusually cerebral interest in her, something Modesty can exploit. She is able to divert his raping her with just a shove and spitting out "stop wasting my time!" then storming off between his heavily armed yet suddenly diffident henchmen. Making a scene like that plausible doesn't happen by accident.

Probably the biggest problem I have with the rail-thin Staden playing Modesty is it just isn't very believable for her to go hand to hand with an athletic and muscled looking guy like Coaster-Waldau and beat him. She just ain't a Peta Wilson or a pumped-up Hilary Swank type actress who can throw a convincing punch. Coaster-Waldau letting himself be overpowered by Staden looks like he's just roughhousing with his little sister.

Since this is not really an action film, this isn't a big flaw. I just hope they do better on that if and when they make sequels.


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