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The Avengers (1998)

Ralph Fiennes , Uma Thurman , Jeremiah S. Chechik  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Patrick Macnee, Jim Broadbent
  • Directors: Jeremiah S. Chechik
  • Writers: Don MacPherson, Sydney Newman
  • Producers: Jerry Weintraub, Susan Ekins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790738511
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Avengers" on IMDb

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  • Six theatrical trailers

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based on the sophisticated, quirky british secret-agent television series of the 1960s. a scientist who develops the means to control large-scale weather changes uses his discovery to wreak evil. emma peele and john steed must stop the villian for person

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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just About Completely Dreadful January 14, 2005
As soon as I saw that Ralph Fiennes' head was too small for his bowler, I knew "The Avengers" was going to be a mess. Terribly miscast as superspy John Steed--Fiennes is charmless in the role that Patrick MacNee so ably brought to life on television--he resembles a child wearing his father's hat (and not too happy about it). Uma Thurman fares little better. While she was terrific in both "Kill Bill" films, she's way out of her league looks-wise and charisma-wise when compared to Diana Rigg's simply scrumptious Emma Peel. And then there's the story, or what passes for it, something about a scene-chewing though not particularly convincing Sean Connery controlling the world's weather. Director Jeremiah Chechik and whoever is willing to take the blame for the script get some of the surface details of "The Avengers" formula right but completely miss the boat with regard to the TV series' wit, style, and sophistication, another (typical) modern misstep of focusing on form and ignoring substance. To be fair, a lot apparently was cut from the film before its release, but it's hard to imagine anything salvaging "The Avengers"--and the DVD is sans deleted scenes, so the point is moot. Eddie Izzard pops up looking like a mod, shrunken Oliver Reed but gets the film's best line, though a brief sight gag featuring "Mother," the spy agency boss, also actually made me chuckle with the film and not at it. At least poor Patrick MacNee was smart enough to make sure his cameo did not require him to actually show up on screen; Diana Rigg was smarter for turning the film down outright. Why anyone bothered to remake "The Avengers" is beyond me, as the show worked fine as it was, and I can't think of any actors today who could embody Steed and Peel as well as the originals.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even 1 star. March 7, 2006
Let me just say that I love all the Avengers from Mrs. Gale to Tara King (for the most part) and I do love the actors of The Avengers movie but this movie stinks. It has nothing to do with the original show. First off Mrs. Peel never dealt with Mother. Mrs. Peel also did not have an on screen affair with Steed either. But Hollywood got it's paws on the story and ruined it. If your a fan of the show then you will hate this movie. I even tried to watch it a second time and just turned it off. This after Wal Mart had it for $5.00 on a discount rack. I should have been free.

Nothing in this movie blends with the real show. Nothing! I only wish that the real Avengers fans had a say with the script before they drove the image in the ground. I bet the script writer never really watched the show in the first place.

Stick with the original Avengers of the 60's. It can never be replicated. At least not in this movie.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible waste of money, time and talent February 9, 2004
I loved the original Avengers series. It was a near flawless program; at least until Diana Rigg left. This film bore little resemblance to that wonderful show. The original Avengers never shied away from the occasional flagrant pun or creating wonderful, almost comic book quality characters. However, in this film, the plot meanders. Ralph Fiennes has no comic ability, and the lovely and talented Uma Thurman pretty much sleepwalks through movie. These is no trace of the quirky style that made the Avengers so special. To those of us who have seen the TV series, it comes as little surprise that several of the original program's directors went on to success in the big screen . I doubt that anyone associated with this film will find that it leads to more career opportunities. The chemistry between Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee was always a delight to watch. Sadly in the film, Fienes looks uncomfortable, and Thurman looks bored.
This is a poorly conceived, uninspired waste of film. The television Avengers' unique character is nowhere to be found in this disaster.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars directors cut-you're needed January 7, 2003
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i think it is almost common knowledge by now that this movie was cut to shreds after poor test screenings. A very good opening sequence was cut along with "backstory" scenes that would have ensured that the film made sense. Therefore this version has curiosity value because it shows exactly what happens to a film when a studio panics and decides that a film will exactly fit 90 minutes regardless of how it will affect the story. The directors cut is in the vaults and should be released on DVD now if only to show the fans what the original story was intended to be.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere Near As Bad As People Say March 21, 2007
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Sean Connery. Ralph Fiennes. Jim Broadbent. Patrick Macnee. Uma Thurman in a black castsuit. The Avengers. All these elements, mixed together, should equal a summer smash hit. With Patrick Macnee moved to a voice-over, and the style of 'The Avengers' not quite translated onto celluloid properly, the film suffers - but only a bit.

Why critics smacked this film is beyond understanding. It homages several episodes from the original series - where Mrs Peel is trapped on the never-ending staircase, and the whole 'controlling the weather' plot - and maintains the series' level of absurdity without going over the top. Sean Connery in a teddy bear suit? It could have come from an Emma Peel episode.

And yet Ralph Fiennes is a let down. He has no chemistry with Uma Thurman. He tries admirably, but you simply cannot beat Patrick Macnee.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Positive Witty Experience
Quite a few reviews were pretty negative. I found the film not great but a clever parody. Opening art work was a 'take-off' of all the "007" openings. Read more
Published 24 days ago by craig brammer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good DVD condition
Published 2 months ago by Lorie Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful movie.
Published 2 months ago by Diane Wade
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay!
A bit dull but Ralph makes it exciting!
Published 2 months ago by Haifaisms
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Doesn't Make Sense, But Excellent!
I find it bizarre how poor so many of the reviews of this movie are. I love this movie, I've seen it half a dozen times over the years, and I just saw it again, now. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Corsa
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it. Outstanding -...
Wow, this flick is one of my all-time favs! I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it. Outstanding - if they had a six star rating, I would give it that. Superb. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Merrill
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Movie I Ever Paid To See
This movie was so bad that I decided to close my eyes and sleep rather than keep watching it. Beyond bad.
Published 4 months ago by Punk Doctor
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven movie version of the tv show....
"The Avengers" (1998) was directed by Jeremiah S.Chechik (Benny and Joon, Diabolique). Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman star as John Steed and Emma Peel, two British secret agents,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edmonson
3.0 out of 5 stars awful and yet fun.
I am a fan of the original television show the Avengers. Emma Peel, obviously but even more, Tara King. Read more
Published 8 months ago by infinte_variety
2.0 out of 5 stars Sean Connery in a teddy bear outfit!
Seeing Sean Connery in such a silly role is kind of worth it just as proof that it actually happened. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jonathan M. G. Wright
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I think it was a good movie, but it was badly edited. For instance, how did Emma know the pass-word to Sir August's lair when she's never heard it before (not to mention that her evil clone says it in the trailer)? Also, the shot in the trailer where Emma karate-chops the bellhop shows how she... Read More
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