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Mystery Men (1999)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 6 August 1999 (USA)
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A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillain threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

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Kinka Usher

Writers:

Neil Cuthbert, Bob Burden (comic book series)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Azaria ... Blue Raja
Janeane Garofalo ... Bowler
William H. Macy ... Shoveler
Kel Mitchell ... Invisible Boy
Paul Reubens ... Spleen
Ben Stiller ... Furious
Wes Studi ... Sphinx
Greg Kinnear ... Captain Amazing / Lance
Geoffrey Rush ... Casanova Frankenstein
Lena Olin ... Dr. Anabel Leek
Eddie Izzard ... Tony P
Artie Lange ... Big Red
Pras Michel ... Tony C (as Prakazrel Michel)
Claire Forlani ... Monica
Tom Waits ... Doc Heller
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Storyline

In order to generate more endorsement revenue, Champion City's resident superhero Captain Amazing arranges for the release of supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, only to be captured by him. The city's fate rests in the hands of seven loser superhero wannabes: the spoon-flinging Blue Rajah, the shovel-wielding Shoveler, the possessed bowling ball-hurling Bowler, the flatulent Spleen, the only-when-nobody's-looking Invisible Boy, the mysterious Sphinx, and the perpetually-angry Mr. Furious. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Rated PG-13 for comic action violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery Men See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$68,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,017,865, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$29,762,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,461,011
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mystery Men creator Bob Burden believes Universal chose Casanova Frankenstein as the film's antagonist simply because of his name. See more »

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Pencil Head's costume appears to have the initials "PM" on it. This seems to suggest his original name was "Pencil Man". See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Heller: [offering an old lady candy at the Senior dance] Would you like something sweet?
Old Lady: [impressed] Oh!
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There is a statement in the closing credits: "Dockers Khakis are the official khakis of Champion City." See more »

Alternate Versions

UK video version is cut to get a PG rating. A double ear clap is removed, as well as the sound of a head-butt. The UK cinema version was uncut with the same rating. See more »

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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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Lightweight, Goofy & Fun
3 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was different, that's for sure. Just look at the cast! Talk about oddballs.

William H. Macy and Ben Stiller were the stars, although a bunch of actors almost share the spotlight, in this farce about superhero-wannabees. The most outrageous was played by Paul Reubens of "Pee Wee Herman" fame.

There is lots of humor, garish colors and no lulls. It's a pretty entertaining, lightweight comedy with nothing but goofy characters, all of whom want to be heroes a la Superman, Batman, Spiderman, you name. They have talents in strange areas, however, that the real heroes don't (and don't want to!). It's silly, but you know that going on.

It's also a film you can watch in installments and not really miss any continuity. It's a long movie for one so hectic, so taking a break here and there is okay. The language was tame so kids could enjoy this, too. In fact, I don't recall any swearing in here, except the guy in the theater next to me who kept uttering, "What a dumb, f---ing movie." I thought it was fun two hours but I'd rather watch it on DVD and take a few breaks.


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