The Avengers

The Avengers

Jeremiah Chechik (1998)

85min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Secret agents John Steed and Emma Peel face the dastardly Sir August De Wynter, who has hatched a plot to take over the world by controlling the weather. Spy adventure, based on the cult TV series and starring Ralph Fiennes, Sean Connery and Eddie Izzard, with a cameo appearance by original Steed Patrick Macnee.

Cast & Crew

John Steed Ralph Fiennes
Doctor Emma Peel Uma Thurman
Sir August De Wynter Sean Connery
Mother Jim Broadbent
Father Fiona Shaw
Bailey Eddie Izzard
Alice Eileen Atkins
Tribshaw John Wood (2)
Brenda Carmen Ejogo
Tamara Keeley Hawes
Donavan Shaun Ryder
Invisible Jones Patrick Macnee
Director Jeremiah Chechik
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Soviet Film AgencyGuidance: Edited for language and violence. Available on: video and DVD
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