All The Queen's Men 2002 PG-13 CC

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An American army officer leads a mismatched team of British Special Services who must go in disguise as women and infiltrate a female-run Enigma factory.

Starring:
Matt Leblanc, Eddie Izzard
Runtime:
1 hour 42 minutes

All The Queen's Men

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This movie is painfully flat.
Mrs. Hawn, M
I really liked this movie; I know others might have found it dumb and stupid and all that stuff, but I really really liked it.
Steph Mehl
For fans of Eddie Izzard, it definitely is worth watching, and I would also say it is worth buying, if you can get it used.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Friedman on May 27, 2004
Format: DVD
All The Queen's Men isn't a bad movie but it isn't a very good one either. It's kind of like an extended sitcom that picks up nicely at the end and in so doing redeems itself a little bit. It's a fairly simple story about a team of spies who go undercover as women in Nazi Germany to steal a codebreaking device. Obviously most of the humor comes from the cross-dressing concept but it actually does provide somewhat of a clever action plot once the plan gets under way.
Eddie Izzard is great as always in a role that seems to be tailor-made for him. Matt LeBlanc is funny but it's hard to believe that anyone would ever be convinced that he's a woman. And not for nothing, but how can this man be a spy inside Germany when he doesn't speak German?
What's frustrating and ultimately detracting from the film is that there are numerous opportunities for sub-plots and themes that would add enormously to the story but they are not used to full advantage, except for the one involving Izzard's character's German male lover. There are some isolated moments of cleverness involving the mission, typical of what you would see in a well-crafted action film.
There are a handful of laugh-out-loud moments but don't set your expectations too high.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 27, 2003
Format: DVD
ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN could have easily fallen into the ranks of the "let's dress men in drag for laughs" films that followed THE BIRDCAGE and usually end up being unfunny and at times less than dignified slapstick. With excellent direction from Stefan Ruzowitzky and a strong ensemble of actors this film about the Brits sending a team of men to capture the Enigma machine from a Nazi factory that only employs women in Berlin (hence the need to be in drag) succeeds with grace and warmth and tenderness - and humor. Eddie Izzard is hilarious as a cross-dressing entertainer who is assigned the duty of transforming a team of macho guys into credible women (which he succeeds in doing!). The team is ably led by Matt LeBlanc and includes David Birkin and James Cosmo, each with their own personal stories that make the story more believable. Their 'contact' is the German spy Nicolette Krebitz and with her help and a lot of surprises the mission is 'accomplished'. Yes, this is a comedy with many good belly laughs, but it also is a tender rendering of how men and women (and children) relate under the stresses of war. The cinematography is first class without blowing the story out of real proportion. Recommended for the whole family.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Cassidy on February 29, 2004
Format: DVD
It depends on what you are expecting going in. A war thriller it is not, and not really a comedy in the sense that most people would think. If you are a fan of Eddie Izzard, you will love it. He is very funny in his role, and i would buy the DVD based solely on his musical number in the film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Wells on January 9, 2007
Format: DVD
I love Eddie Izzard. Can't help it - the man is a genius. I bought this movie just because he was in it, and he completely dominated the movie. Just loved him in it. Ok, not that it's a great movie - it's plenty entertaining, but not sure someone who doesn't like Eddie (can't imagine who) would enjoy it like I did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steph Mehl on March 23, 2004
Format: DVD
I really liked this movie; I know others might have found it dumb and stupid and all that stuff, but I really really liked it. As far as I am concerened, the best character was Tony (Eddie Izzard's character), but then again, his being in the movie was the soul reason why I bought it.
If you like this kind of humor, than I suggest you at least rent it to see if you like it, but if not, rent it anyways! Give this movie a chance I think; it's very odd humor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deana Everett Tollerton on January 13, 2004
Format: DVD
I first heard about this film before it came out, as I am an Eddie Izzard fan. Disappointingly, it was in such a narrow release, that there wasn't a single theater for 200 miles playing it -- not even in Dallas! Then it closed out very quickly and took nearly 6 months to come out on DVD. Needless to say, I was rather anxious about the possible quality of the film.
I was not disappointed. The film was great! With my degree in history (concentration in fashion), I'm one to sit through an entire film (like, oh, Gladiator) and complain about the accuracy. This was spectacular! The clothes were great, even the hideous "formal" that LeBlanc wears in one scene. It's attrocious but it's not wrong. And I too noticed the "I'm 21" line. Keep in mind that the drinking age varied from state to state until the late 70s/early 80s. And that the voting age at that time was 21. My mother informs me that when she was in college in 1960, the drinking age in OK had just been changed the year before from 21 to 18. So, it is possible that is not an inaccuracy...
I will agree that LeBlanc is a weak point to this film and that I would have liked to see more of the transformation time (a la Miss Congeniality). But, I have watched this film twice already and I expect to watch it many more. If you're willing to stop thinking about what could be improved and take the film for itself, it's a fantabulous time. If you can't, well, make your list and watch it twice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Clayton on June 13, 2005
Format: DVD
There are only two reasons to watch "All the Queen's Men": Eddie Izzard as a bisexual drag queen and Scotland's James Cosmo as an older family man and inadvertent mommy. Izzard is both funny and touching as a man who will go to any length to be with his love, and Cosmo is downright heart-tugging (in an honest way) as he uncovers emotions he would've never encountered under normal circumstances.

Matt LeBlanc is badly miscast as Bruce Campbell, er, Special Services Agent O'Rourke. It's a pity he has no charm in this role, nor does he have any chemistry with the equally wooden Nicollete Krebitz. Rent it, if only to see how damn good Eddie Izzard can be as an actor, and how James Cosmo displays such wonderfully subtle emotion, especially in the German bombing scene. If the whole movie had been as excellent as that one scene, it may have lasted a LOT longer in the theaters.
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