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The Avengers (1998) Movie



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Overview

Language
English

Country
(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
3.5/ 10 (27216 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for brief strong language

Production Company
Jerry Weintraub Productions [us]
Warner Bros. Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors

Writers

Release Date
(Israel) - 13 August 1998
(Canada) - 14 August 1998
(Ireland) - 14 August 1998
(Malaysia) - 14 August 1998
(South Africa) - 14 August 1998

Running Time
89

Tagline
Mrs. Peel, we're needed. Two amazing secret agents. One diabolical madman. Conditions are dark. The forecast is deadly. Tea, anyone? Extraordinary crimes against the people and the state must be avenged Saving the World in Style When evil reigns, only one team can weather the storm. When evil reigns, it takes two to weather the storm.

Keywords
1990s, action-hero, ambush, based-on-tv-series, big-ben-london, black-leather, blindness, box-office-flop, brawl, british, car-chase, chase, chess, clock-tower, clone, critically-bashed, cult-film, disarming-someone, doppelganger, duel, electrocution, englishman, englishwoman, evil-meteorologist, evil-scientist,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
LAB:Technicolor, UK - (processing and prints)
MET:2442 m - (Sweden)
MET:2460 m - (Finland)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak)
PCS:Spherical
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1



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Full Cast

  1. Broadbent, Jim as [Mother] <5>
  2. Connery, Sean as [Sir August de Wynter] <3>
  3. Crowder, Daniel as [Messenger] <16>
  4. Fiennes, Ralph as [John Steed] <1>
  5. Godley, Michael as [Butler] <14>
  6. Godwin, Christopher as [World Council of Ministers] <18>
  7. Izzard, Eddie as [Bailey] <7>
  8. Lumsden, Richard as [Boodle's Porter] <15>
  9. Macnee, Patrick as (voice) [Invisible Jones] <4>
  10. Ryder, Shaun as [Donavan] <12>
  11. Sawalha, Nadim as [World Council of Ministers] <17>
  12. Webber, David (I) as [World Council of Ministers] <19>
  13. Wood, John (I) as [Trubshaw] <9>
  14. Woodeson, Nicholas as [Dr. Darling] <13>
  15. Atkins, Eileen as [Alice] <8>
  16. Ejogo, Carmen as [Brenda] <10>
  17. Hawes, Keeley as [Tamara] <11>
  18. Shaw, Fiona as [Father] <6>
  19. Thurman, Uma as [Emma Peel] <2>

Genres

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Thriller

Full Plot

British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August. John Hawkinson British Ministry secret agent John Steed, teams up with Emma Peel to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine. They are called in to investigate Prospero, a plot to blackmail Britain by controlling the weather. Emma Peel is suspected of being involved but it is discovered that she has a double who works for the real baddie, Sir August de Wynter. He threatens to freeze Britain, at one point unleashing a blizzard on Trafalgar Sqaure. Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com} British secret agent John Steed teams up with scientist Emma Peel to investigate dramatic changes in the earth's climate. Under the direction of agency boss Mother - and apparently with Father's help - the trail quickly leads to kilted ex-agent August de Wynter who seems always to be ahead of the game. Peel and Steed have to work fast and closely if they are to save the world and themselves. Jeremy Perkins Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 1,216,244 (France) (8 September 1998) (648 screens) AD: 370,069 (Germany) (6 September 1998) AD: 84,484 (Netherlands) (31 December 1998) BT: USD 60,000,000 CP: Copyright 1998 Warner Bros. GR: USD 23,322,832 (USA) (4 October 1998) GR: USD 23,203,491 (USA) (27 September 1998) GR: USD 22,962,496 (USA) (20 September 1998) GR: USD 22,566,945 (USA) (13 September 1998) GR: USD 20,882,576 (USA) (30 August 1998) GR: USD 17,848,903 (USA) (23 August 1998) GR: USD 10,305,957 (USA) (16 August 1998) GR: GBP 2,000,442 (UK) (30 August 1998) GR: GBP 1,703,646 (UK) (23 August 1998) GR: GBP 937,166 (UK) (16 August 1998) GR: USD 25,200,000 (Worldwide) (4 October 1998) (except USA) GR: ITL 2,718,043,000 (Italy) (30 August 1999) GR: ITL 1,265,013,000 (Italy) (13 December 1998) GR: ITL 1,022,370,000 (Italy) (6 December 1998) OW: USD 10,305,957 (USA) (16 August 1998) (2,466 screens) OW: GBP 937,166 (UK) (16 August 1998) (349 screens) SD: 12 September 1997 - 22 February 1998 WG: USD 3,664,587 (USA) (23 August 1998) (2,466 screens) WG: USD 10,305,957 (USA) (16 August 1998) (2,466 screens) WG: GBP 76,487 (UK) (30 August 1998) (170 screens) WG: GBP 303,219 (UK) (23 August 1998) (347 screens) WG: GBP 937,166 (UK) (16 August 1998) (349 screens)

Movie Certificate

G (Philippines)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
12 (South Korea)
K-11 (Finland)(new rating: 2001)
13 (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
K-12 (Finland)
U (France)
12 (Germany)
10 (Iceland)(original rating)
12 (Iceland)(video rating)
12 (Netherlands)
M/12 (Portugal)
PG (Singapore)
T (Spain)
11 (Sweden)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
12 (UK)
PG-13 (USA)(certificate #36085)

Music Composers

  1. McNeely, Joel

Cinematographers

  1. Pratt, Roger

Dress Designers

  1. Powell, Anthony (I)

Distributors

Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1999) (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (1999) (Argentina) (VHS)
Filmes Lusomundo [pt] - (1998) (Portugal) (theatrical)
Sandrews [se] - (1999) (Sweden) (DVD)
Warner Bros. Entertainment [ca] - (1998) (Canada) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. Finland [fi] - (1998) (Finland) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. Pictures [us] - (1998) (USA) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [ar] - (1999) (Argentina) (all media)
Warner Bros. [be] - (1998) (Belgium) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [de] - (1998) (Germany) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [fr] - (1998) (France) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [nl] - (1998) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Warner Bros. [se] - (1998) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Warner Home Video [gb] - (1999) (UK) (DVD)
Warner Home Video [nl] - (1999) (Netherlands) (DVD) (VHS)
Warner Home Video [se] - (1999) (Sweden) (VHS)
Warner Home Vidéo [fr] - (1999) (France) (DVD)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
Warner Home Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Warner Sogefilms S.A. [es] - (1998) (Spain) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Audsley, Mick

Misc

  1. Armstrong, Nicola (I) (assistant: Mr. Connery)
  2. Bedford-Stradling, Rosie (first aid)
  3. Bensly, Erica (production coordinator)
  4. Blyther, Terry (location manager)
  5. Bonehill, Richard (assistant sword master) (uncredited)
  6. Bradshaw, Allan (assistant: Mr. Chechik)
  7. Collen-Smith, Jennifer (unit publicist)
  8. Cooper, Kyle (I) (title designer: main title sequence) (uncredited)
  9. Doassans, Marquita (press attache: France) (uncredited)
  10. Fong, Karin (title designer) (uncredited)
  11. Freitag-Hild, Lori (compositor: main title) (uncredited)
  12. Hatcher, Keith (location manager)
  13. Jones, Gary (III) (financial controller)
  14. Lecoq, Philippe (french adaptation: dubbed version) (uncredited)
  15. Mager, Emma (production coordinator: second unit) (uncredited)
  16. Mansfield, Sharon (script supervisor: second unit)
  17. Maynard, Eth Ibrahim (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  18. Moore, Caroline (I) (production secretary)
  19. Moseley, Debbie (production office assistant)
  20. Nixon, Gary (I) (production accountant)
  21. O'Toole, Matthew (I) (assistant accountant)
  22. Owen, Justin (I) (computer and video systems) (uncredited)
  23. Pinkstaff, Kim (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  24. Seager, Rob (assistant accountant) (uncredited)
  25. Stacchi, Renzo (italian dubbing director) (uncredited)
  26. Teakle, Katherine (first aid) (as Kate Teakle)
  27. Tillinger Koskoff, Emma (assistant: Ms. Thurman) (as Emma Tillinger)
  28. Tomko, John J. (production executive) (uncredited)
  29. Valcarce, Marcel (artist: main titles) (uncredited)
  30. Veduccio, Becky (assistant: Mr. Fiennes)
  31. Vujic-Powell, Tania (assistant: Mr. Chechik) (as Tania Powell)
  32. Waldron, Nick (assistant location manager)
  33. Waldron, Sarah (production office assistant)
  34. Weintraub, Ari (I) (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  35. Weintraub, Jamie (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  36. Weintraub, Jody (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  37. Weintraub, Joseph (I) (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  38. Weintraub, Julie (assistant: Mr. Weintraub) (as Julee Weintraub)
  39. Weintraub, Rachel (I) (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  40. Weintraub, Sarah (assistant: Mr. Weintraub)
  41. Welles, Kirsten (assistant: Mr. Chechik)
  42. Wilson Dickson, Julia (dialogue coach) (as Julia Wilson-Dixon)
  43. Worley, Anna (script supervisor)

Quotes

Sir August de Wynter: Take India. You can have a good 10 inches overnight, there. Sir August de Wynter: Nothing is impossible, only mathematically improbable. Sir August de Wynter: "John Steed." What a horse's arse of a name. Sir August de Winter: You will buy your weather from me! And by God you'll pay for it. Sir August de Winter: A man with an umbrella is a man praying for rain. John Steed: And a man without one is a fool. John Steed: So much for science, I'll stick to swordplay. John Steed: Oh, just one thing... Emma Peel: Good luck? John Steed: Something like that. John Steed: After all, according to your file, you're a psychopathic personality with schizophrenic delusions, suffering from recurring amnesia based on traumatic repression leading to outbursts of antisocial and violent behavior. Knight to king seven. Check. Emma Peel: Is that really what you think of me? John Steed: Well... just my type, Mrs. Peel. Sir August de Wynter: Weather is no longer in God's hands but in mine. John Steed: Mrs. Peel, you're needed. Father: Hello, Mrs. Peel, welcome back to The Ministry. Now we're going to have a talk. Emma Peel: About the weather, how topical! Father: It'll help pass the time. Emma Peel: Time would pass anyway if you think about it logically! But then so few do think logically, or even anti-logically. Clockwise or anti-clockwise, tick-toc, toc-tick, see-saw, Margery Daw. It amounts to the same thing! After all how do you know I'm the real Mrs Peel? Father: How real do you feel, Mrs. Peel? Emma Peel: I'll repeat the question, bypassing the weather, which, no doubt, being British, we'll return to in a moment. Do I walk like Mrs Peel, talk like Mrs Peel? Am I witty, wise, wonderful to know? Or, do I go around shooting Ministry agents, attempting to rule the world on my days off? Father: Now you're just playing games! Emma Peel: How now, brown cow. Sir August de Wynter: Rain or shine, all is mine! Emma Peel: I suppose Mother warned you about women like me? John Steed: Until now, I didn't know there were women like you. [repeated line] John Steed, Emma Peel: Tea? [last lines] Mother: [raising champagne glass] A toast; to a job well done. Emma Peel: To a narrow escape. Mother: Macaroon? Emma Peel: [shaking her head to Mother,] Thank you, Steed. John Steed: No, no. Thank you, Mrs. Peel. [All drink champagne as camera zooms off roof top] Alice: [holding a submachine gun, to Steed and Emma Peel] Would you please be so kind as to hit the ground, if it's not too much trouble? [Fires submachine gun, kills the bad guy] Alice: I hope he was a baddie. Bailey: Oh, fuck! Alice: He says unless we accept his demands, the weather will keep getting colder and colder until we'll all have to go to hell just to warm up. Sir August de Wynter: [addressing the world leaders] Now is the winter of your discontent! Techinian: [first lines - after negotiating gauntlet] Well done, Steed. John Steed: My pleasure. John Steed: But the nuns were a surprise. Techinian: We try. Mother: Nothing is impossible, Father, I often think of 6 impossible things before breakfast. Emma Peel: [confronted with wiring panel] Was it red or black? Here goes, eeny, meeny, miney... John Steed: Mrs. Peel, what kept you? Emma Peel: The weather. Father: How real do you feel, Mrs. Peel?

Other Titles

  1. Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1998) (ENG)
    (Germany)

  2. The Avengers - Agenti speciali (1998) (ENG)
    (Italy)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (studio) (interiors: Sir August Winter's weather machine)
  2. Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  3. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, UK - (exteriors of Hallucinogen Hall)
  4. East Grinstead, West Sussex, England, UK
  5. Hambledon, Hampshire, England, UK - (Ministry test village)
  6. Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK - (Hallucinogen Hall)
  7. London, England, UK
  8. Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, England, UK - (World Council HQ)
  9. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (studio)
  10. RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire, England, UK - (disused RAF base for opening sequence)
  11. Radcliffe Camera, Radcliffe Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
  12. Regent's Park, London, England, UK
  13. Richard Rogers House, Chelsea, London, England, UK - (Emma Peel's flat)
  14. Ridge, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  15. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  16. Stowe Castle, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  17. Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK - (Hallucinogen Hall)
  18. The Reform Club, Pall Mall, St. James's, London, England, UK - (Boodles)
  19. Tram Tunnel, Kingsway, Holborn, London, England, UK
  20. Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK

Trivia

- The moves in the chess match between the characters Emma Peel and John Steed are the same as in the match between Roy Batty and Tyrell in _Blade Runner (1982)_ (qv). Another reference to the film is during the fight between Sir August De Wynter and John Steed, when Sir August says "Time to die". The same line Roy Batty says to Rick Deckard during their fight in Blade Runner.

- Peter Bart's book "The Gross" covered the film's unfolding disaster in great detail. Among other facts: Warner Brothers greenlit the film largely on the strength of a star-packed cast and their appreciation of Jeremiah Chechik's work on _Diabolique (1996)_ (qv) and were horrified when seeing what the first cut was like. The first screening took place in front of a "largely Spanish-speaking, working class" audience in Phoenix, AZ who hated the film; the studio then forced Chechik to cut many of his favorite scenes and conduct reshoots; and the final cut went from 115 to 89 minutes and was completely incoherent. The studio even refused to hold further test screenings, or to have an official premiere before the film's August 1998 release.

- 'Mel Gibson (I)' (qv) was considered for the role of John Steed.

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