Two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 3.5/10 (24,564 voted)
Critic's Score: 12/100
Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery
Storyline 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.
Writers: Sydney Newman, Don MacPherson
Cast: Ralph Fiennes
Sir August de Wynter
Filming Locations: Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $10,305,957
(16 August 1998)
(4 October 1998)
Did You Know?
Steed drives a 4.5 litre, 6 cylinder 1928 Bentley (reg. RT 4700). Emma owns an E-type Jaguar, reg. 439 OJX (after producers scrapped the idea of a Lotus Elan as in the original series); De Wynter runs a Rolls Royce and Bailey has a black Mini Cooper with chessboard roof.
Between the two bursts of full auto fire from Alice's Thompson sub-machine gun, the bolt is seen to be closed. Thompson sub-machine guns are all fired from an OPEN bolt position (in order to cool the chamber and prevent rounds from "cooking off").
How real do you feel, Mrs. Peel?
Not great, but not the horror everyone else describes
Frankly, when THE AVENGERS was released, I wanted it to bomb--I wanted
Hollywood to finally get the idea that ripping off old TV shows is
and almost never successful. Thus, I was happy that the movie did poorly
closed quickly. (I also took a trip to London just as the movie was
released, and if you think it was ill-received here, the British took it
Ironically, though, it isn't that bad a movie. Not great, but certainly
the despicable mess that most others seem to think.
It's been called ridiculous, slow, talky, surreal. Well, what a shock, so
was the original series. I've recently viewed the entire 1967 season
all four boxed sets), and the show is all those things at times. It is
generally, at a very langorous pace throughout most stories. It is talky,
since most of the charm of the original was in the dialogue between
characters. It was surreal, even ridiculous (The Winged Avenger, anyone?
Uma Thurman does a passable job as Emma--she's no Diana Rigg, but who is?
She plays the character smart enough, although she doesn't quite capture
Rigg's regal command of situation. Ralph Fiennes, however, misses the
character of Steed quite a bit, playing him as reserved, without any of
Steed's charisma. Steed always had a quality about him that made you feel
if he woke up every morning feeling absolutely smashing--Fiennes seems to
The problem the film faces is twofold: Those of us who have seen the
original will always compare the two, and a copy can't hope to compare.
Those who haven't seen the series have no grounds to assess it on--(see
of the above user comments which begin 'I never saw the original
series...')and since I think this series is not exactly vividly-remembered
by the majority of the population (particularly the 18 and under
movie-goers, who don't have much grasp of the nuances The Avengers
on). Frankly, The Avengers was probably just a bad choice to try to
(--LIKE ALL OLD TV SHOWS. Tell me one old-TV remake that has ever spawned
sequel (which Hollywood is always sure to do when something is a
only THE BRADY BUNCH...point proven?)