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The Avengers

  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Jeremiah Chechik
  • 85 mins
  • A

Summary

Action adventure, based on the cult 1960s TV series, starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as dashing agents John Steed and Doctor Emma Peel. Their latest assignment pits them against arch villain Sir August De Wynter (Sean Connery), who proposes to hold the world to ransom by controlling the weather.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

The cult 1960s TV series gets royally shafted by Hollywood in this stunningly designed blockbuster that's stunningly awful in every other department. Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman couldn't be more miscast as John Steed and Emma Peel, here trying to stop villainous Sir August De Wynter (Sean Connery playing himself again, only with extra ham) holding the world's weather to ransom and freezing London to an arctic standstill. Ruthlessly edited before release and packed with arch one-liners, bad puns and vulgar double entendres, this is misguided and misbegotten to a simply staggering degree, while Jeremiah Chechik's mannered direction screeches the action to an unexciting halt at every flat turn. Terrible special effects and zero chemistry between Fiennes and Thurman make this notorious disaster a total waste of everyone's time and energy.

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Credits

Cast

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John SteedRalph Fiennes
Doctor Emma PeelUma Thurman
Sir August De WynterSean Connery
MotherJim Broadbent
FatherFiona Shaw
BaileyEddie Izzard
AliceEileen Atkins
TribshawJohn Wood (2)
BrendaCarmen Ejogo
TamaraKeeley Hawes
DonavanShaun Ryder
Invisible JonesPatrick Macnee

Crew

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DirectorJeremiah Chechik

Details

Theatrical distributor
Soviet Film Agency
Guidance
Edited for language and violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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