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Jeremiah Chechick directed this $60 million adaptation of the whimsical 1961 British TV spy series, imported to the United States five years later for ABC airing beginning 3/28/66, followed by The New Avengers CBS, 1978-79. In the feature-length version, secret agent John Steed Ralph Fiennes and Emma Peel Uma Thurman face a meteorological menace as they track sinister super-villain Sir August de Wynter Sean Connery, threatening to blitz Britain with blizzards and other extreme weather. Vocal cameo by Patrick Macnee the original TV Steed.
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All Movie Guide - Jason Gibner
Universally hated upon its release, The Avengers, Jeremiah Chechick's big-screen adaptation of the cult-classic British television series, is not as much of a disaster as audiences have been led to believe. Many of the points for which the very expensive and very low-grossing film was originally criticized are true. The film's plot, which finds our spy heroes trying to stop evildoers who wish to control the world's weather, is too downright silly to be as complicated and be taken as seriously as the film treats it. Uma Thurman, while having the perfect lean, mean body to fill Emma Peel's famous cat suit, has a shaky British accent that tends to come and go from scene to scene. Sean Connery, as the brilliantly named villain Sir August de Wynter, seems to be having the time of his life running around wearing a kilt and shouting out every line of dialogue he has. The film, however, moves along during its brisk 89 minutes at such a haywire, roller-coaster pace that it often fails to give the viewer time to register the madness that is happening onscreen. Beautifully shot by acclaimed cinematographer Roger Pratt and featuring gorgeous mod Swinging-'60s-style costumes by Anthony Powell, The Avengers is a film that is wonderful to simply sit back with, letting yourself be sucked into its ludicrous world. Besides, where else will you see an action-packed chase scene featuring a group of guys dressed in Technicolor teddy bear suits?
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  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • UPC: 085391587330
  • Original Release: 1998
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes John Steed
Uma Thurman Emma Peel
Sean Connery Sir August de Wynter
Patrick Macnee Invisible Jones
Jim Broadbent Mother
Fiona Shaw Father
Eddie Izzard Bailey
Eileen Atkins Alice
John Wood Tribshaw
Carmen Ejogo Brenda
Keeley Hawes Tamara
Chris Elliott Conductor
Technical Credits
Jeremiah S. Chechik Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Nick Davis Special Effects Supervisor
Susan Ekins Executive Producer
Chris Elliott Songwriter, Musical Arrangement
Susie Figgis Casting
Laurie Johnson Songwriter
Don MacPherson Screenwriter
Stephanie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Joel McNeely Score Composer
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Anthony Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Jerry Weintraub Producer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    style over substance

    Our heroes John Steed and Emma Peel are described as "saving the world in style." And what style! The smooth and sexy Ralph Fiennes is charming and suave, and he also has the agility and athleticism one would expect from a secret agent. Uma Thurmann is not simply a leather cat suit, though while she has the face of a model and the elegance of a queen, those legs could karate kick you around the world. The plot is merely a device to showcase a vast arsenal of elaborate special effects, the full-grown teddy bear suits are ridiculous but the mechanized killerbees are cool, and Sean Connery chews the scenery as usual. But the reason to watch this film is the chemistry between Fiennes and Thurmann, since these two beautiful people are hot together, and their clever banter seems perfectly natural for them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Throwback

    ¿The Avengers¿ is not for those who want to be frightened, or cry through a movie, or laugh through the inanity of Austin Powers. It¿s a throwback to 1960¿s British television, and a very good one at that. It begins by reminding the viewer of the original characters, not by building them anew. The script itself is a take-off from the era, and the actors perform their roles within its confines very well. If you watched ¿The Avengers¿ first-run on ABC in `66, you may appreciate this movie, as did I.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You others need help

    This was a fabulous movie. It has to be taken into context that it is not in the here or now. It is just a movie. Good writing and great acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good way to take a quick nap!

    Ok, I seriously hated this flim. My cousin, under 10 years old, thought it was one of the best movies ever, but as far as I saw it, it was boring and predictable. I've seen a few episodes of the original series, not a lot just a few, and I can already tell, the series is FAR superior to this re-make. But I can honestly say that I did get a great sleep while watching it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unbearable film

    This movie is one of the worst films I have ever seen. I gave it 1 star because the costumes were great but the rest of the movie is terrible. This was no fault of the actors. The script was not well written or thought out. I don't recommend this movie to anyone unless I hate them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Weather leftovers

    Fans of the tongue-in-cheek '60s spy adventure `The Avengers' will see the warning signs immediately when they start this DVD or tape. The TV show featured stylish visuals. In contrast, the movie opens with colorful but confusing charts that have more to do with The Weather Channel than The Avengers. It isn't quite a crime against nature, but the movie is muddled throughout. There are nice-looking sets and clothes, some elaborate special effects and the occasional striking scene, but only scattered bits of plot and characterization. The fault may not lie entirely with Don McPherson's script, which includes some nice touches from the old series. But neither director Jeremiah Chechik nor that studio that edited, re-editied, re-re-edited etc., had any feel for the show's appeal. As debonair secret agent John Steed, Ralph Fiennes lacks any of the charm and grace that Patrick Macnee brought to the role. While clearly more athletic than Macnee _ who was obviously absent from action scenes _ Fiennes somehow manages to be much less forceful and imposing. Macnee has a cameo here, but as an invisible man, perhaps because he sensed where this project was heading. The movie does better with Steed's partner, Emma Peel. When it comes to filling out a catsuit, the TV Peel, Diana Rigg, couldn't compete with the movie's splendiferously sexy Uma Thurman. With a variety of skin-tight outfits shrink-wrapping her curves, Thurman is the fantasy version of the flat Rigg. But Uma lacks the combination of wit, panache and determination that made Rigg's Peel so memorable. Thurman's version seems like a tenth generation copy. As the villain, Sean Connery gets to live in Blenheim Palace. Only an estate of that magnitude could provide enough scenery for Connery to chew. But Connery doesn't seem to have a clue about what's going on, so he makes a suitable satnd-on for the audience. And only if you absolutely love Uma should you spend money to buy this product.

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    Posted December 19, 2008

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