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Two British Agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.

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Jeremiah S. Chechik (as Jeremiah Chechik)

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Sydney Newman (television series The Avengers), Don MacPherson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... John Steed
Uma Thurman ... Dr. Emma Peel
Sean Connery ... Sir August de Wynter
Patrick Macnee ... Invisible Jones (voice)
Jim Broadbent ... Mother
Fiona Shaw ... Father
Eddie Izzard ... Bailey
Eileen Atkins ... Alice
John Wood ... Trubshaw
Carmen Ejogo ... Brenda
Keeley Hawes ... Tamara
Shaun Ryder ... Donavan
Nicholas Woodeson ... Dr. Darling
Michael Godley Michael Godley ... Butler
Richard Lumsden ... Boodle's Porter
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Storyline

British Ministry Agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by archvillain 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. Written by John Hawkinson <jhawk@mit.edu>

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Saving the World in Style See more »


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,305,957, 16 August 1998

Gross USA:

$23,322,832

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,500,000
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Technical Specs

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original release date was June 26, 1998. After poor test screenings, this movie was pushed back to August 14, 1998, and the June spot was filled in by A Perfect Murder (1998). See more »

Goofs

When Emma Peel plays the piano, none of the dampers inside the piano moves up and down. Even though we discover it's a player piano, the dampers would still move every time a key is depressed. The only time the keys are in sync with the sound is in the final closeup as the Chopin piece ends. See more »

Quotes

Techinian: [first lines - after negotiating gauntlet] Well done, Steed.
John Steed: My pleasure.
John Steed: But the nuns were a surprise.
Techinian: We try.
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Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film ran around 115m., according to advance reviews. Many of the scenes cut include:
  • The original opening sequence featured the "Evil Emma" infiltrating a secret base, the Prospero Project. She drives up to the base in a blue Jaguar on a secluded London highway, and enters through a red phone booth by uttering the words "how now brown cow? After gaining access to the base, she proceeds to kill several of the scientists and security personnel, and destroys the base by blowing it up.
  • The scene of Sir August De Wynter playing organ was originally shown after the opening. As the base blows up, he exclaims "let our revels begin!"
  • When Emma Peel enters the Gentlemen's club, the attendant who insists that she not enter because she is a woman continues to prevent her from entering, and which point she Karate chops him, which sends him flying down a flight of stairs.
  • A scene of Sir August De Wynter, dressed in the teddy-bear suit, rhythmically slicing the face of a scientist to classical music while trying to figure out the clues to the Prospero Project.
  • The first meeting between Emma Peel and John Steed was originally longer. You can see her walking through the corridors before she finally makes her way into the sauna. The dialogue is longer, more frank, and it isn't dubbed, as it is in the theatrical release.
  • A more coherent explanation of why Emma's Jag exploded after the mechanical bee attack.
  • Emma Peel drops from De Wynter's arms as she is escorted to his room. He doesn't let go of her, and brings her back up swiftly.
  • When Sir August De Wynter has Emma Peel in his bed, he lowers the zipper on her shirt just a little more.
  • More scenes of Peel and Steed walking through the corridors of Wonderland Weather.
  • Emma Peel bounces back and forth between the walls of her padded cell.
  • Sir August De Wynter drives to the World Council meeting in a Rolls Royce snowplow after it begins snowing heavily as a result of his weather machine.
  • More shots of Mother witnessing the worldwide destruction that the weather machine is causing.
  • More scenes of Peel and Steed walking through De Wynter's headquarters after they lower in through the telephone booth.
  • An extra shot of Big Ben exploding, shown from slightly farther away.
  • During the climactic battle between John Steed and Sir August De Wynter, De Wynter slices Steed with his sword several times. De Wynter raises his arms as the battle nears it's end. Steed becomes enraged toward the end of the battle. Note how Steed's shirt is inexplicably cut and bloodied after the fight begins.
  • After the Prospero Project self-detonates, a countdown clock begins to tick, nearing toward the explosion. When the explosions begins, the silver dome in the headquarters ( the one Steed and Peel pass when they enter) is shown exploding.
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Average rendition of the British classic series from the 60s
27 November 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It's the cinematic adaptation from the most popular show(produced by Brian Clemens and Albert Fennell)series in England during the 60s what spread its success to United States and all the world.The film concerns about John Steed(Ralph Fiennes),a brilliant agent secret,he isn't the James Bond type, a sexist macho man but a kind spy with wide culture working for the British Intelligence and of course a charm,attractive Emma Peel(Umma Thurman),she's an elegant leather-garbed British spy with great toughness and strength.Both join forces facing dangerous and mysterious situations to save the world ,just on the edge of the sci-fi .They team up to confront against a nasty Scottish ,Sir August of Winter(Sean Connery with skirt included),a megalomaniac who wishes to rule the world by means a weather changing machine.

The picture follows the series plot by the writing credits Sidney Newman but with quite flaws .The wonderful relationship TV series among John Steed(Patick McNee) and his female partners(the gorgeous Diana Rigg,Honor Blackman,Linda Thorson,Joanna Lumney) who was subliminally funny and romantic here malfunctions and there aren't the enjoyable chemistry between Fiennes and Thurman .Appear usual character series as Mother(incarnated by Jim Broadbent and in the episodes by Patrick Newell) and strange ,odds baddies,besides a character named Father(Fiona Lewis).The classic Steed ,Patrick Mcnee, plays an invisible agent in a bemusing voice-cameo. The movie contains action,humor,tongue in check and chases as when a giant mechanic wasps attack them.The film displays a colorful and sensational cinematography by Roger Pratt.Spectacular production design by Stuart Craig and some interior halls and palaces are similarly reflected to Renee Magritte paintings. Atmospheric music by Joel Mc Neely who follows the famous theme by Laurie Johnson.The motion picture is regularly directed by Jeremia S. Chechik(Diabolique).Rating :Below average.The film suitable for family viewing isn't recommended for nostalgics series, in fact ,the film was really an authentic flop in the box office.


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