The Avengers (1998)

USA, 1998
89m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, English

An American science fiction film directed by Jeremiah Chechik.

Plot Summary

When a weather control system, the Prospero Shield, fails and the climate begins to get colder, British secret agent John Steed is called in to investigate. The prime suspect seems to be scientist Emma Peel who developed Prospero but has been filmed apparently sabotaging the system. But his investigations lead Steed to Sir August de Wynter who is planning to to rule the world using his own weather control machine.

Credits

Crew
Director: Jeremiah Chechik
Warner Bros. presents a Jerry Weintraub production
Executive Producer: Susan Ekins
Producer: Jerry Weintraub
Script: Don MacPherson
Television Series: Sydney Newman
Director of Photography: Roger Pratt
Editor: Mick Audsley
Music: Joel McNeely
Theme: Laurie Johnson
Production Sound Mixer: Clive Winter
Costume Designer: Anthony Powell
Key Make Up: Daniel Parker
Key Hair: Paolo Mantini
Special Effects: Mike Dawson, Brian Morrison, John Brown, John Holmes, Jonathan Angell, Kevin Draycott, Rob Malos, Rodney Fuller, Roger Nichols
Visual Effects Supervisor: Nick Davis
Visual Effects: Cinesite; Computer Film Company; Digital Unit; Mill Film Limited (London)
Model Supervisors: Chris Martin, Roy Scott, Robbie Scott, Nigel Blake, Tracy Curtis
Production Designer: Stuart Craig

Cast
Ralph Fiennes (John Steed)
Uma Thurman (Emma Peel)
Sean Connery (Sir August de Wynter)
Patrick Macnee (Invisible Jones)
Jim Broadbent (Mother)
Fiona Shaw (Father)
Eddie Izzard (Bailey)
Eileen Atkins (Alice)
John Wood (Trubshaw)
Carmen Ejogo (Brenda)
Keeley Hawes (Tamara)
Shaun Ryder (Donavan)
Nicholas Woodeson (Dr Darling)
Michael Godley (butler)
Richard Lumsden (Boodle’s porter)
Daniel Crowder (messenger)
Nadim Sawalha, Christopher Godwin, David Webber (World Council of Ministers)

Alternative Titles

The Avengers – Agenti speciali – Italy
The Avengers – Hævnere i kjole og hvidt – Denmark
Chapeau melon et bottes de cuir – France
Hämnarna – Sweden
Me vakoojat – Finland
Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone – Germany
Los vengadores – Spain
Os Vingadores – Brazil

See also
The Avengers (1961-1969)
The New Avengers (1976-1977)

References

Periodicals

  • American Cinematographer vol.79 no.10 (October 1998) pp.109-110 – illustrated article
  • Cinemanía September 1998 pp.38-39 (Mexico) – article (La venganza es un plato que se come frio by J. Bekhor)
  • L’Écran Fantastique no.183 (March 1999) p.81 – illustrated article (Musiques de films by Nicholas Michel)
  • Empire no.112 October 1998 p.36 – illustrated review (by Kim Newman)
  • Film Review October 1998 p.20 – review (by James Cameron-Wilson)
  • Film Score Monthly vol.4 no.2 (1999) p.39 – illustrated soundtrack review (by Andy Dursin)
  • Film tutti i film della stagione vol.5 no.37 (January/February 1999) pp.62-64 (Italy) – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Film tutti i film della stagione vol.6 no.37 (1999) pp.62-64 (Italy) – illustrated credits, review (by Simone Emiliani)
  • Music from the Movies no.22 (Winter 1999) pp.23-24 – illustrated article
  • Sight & Sound vol.8 no.10 (October 1998) pp.38-39 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Soundtrack!: The Collector’s Quarterly no.18 (Spring 1999) p.55 – illustrated soundtrack review (by Janet Shprintz and Martin Peers)
  • Starburst no.242 (October 1998) pp.52-55 – illustrated article
  • Total Film September 1998 p.91 – review (by Dean Evans)
  • Video Watchdog no.51 (1999) pp.42-43 – illustrated review (by Tim Lucas)

Newspapers

  • A Capital, Guia TV 26 March 1999 – review (by Rui Brazuna)
  • Correio da Manhã 4 September 1998 – review (by Vitoriano Rosa)
  • Diário de Notícias 4 September 1998 – review (by Eurico De Barros)
  • Diário de Notícias, DNmais 5 September 1998 – review (by José De Matos-Cruz)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 16 August 1998 – review (Connery har för lite att göra i Hämnarna by Elisabeth Sörenson)