is a 1998 action movie inspired by the British TV series The Avengers
. It starred Ralph Fiennes
, Uma Thurman
and Sean Connery hamming it up
as an evil Scotsman who can control the weather. Eddie Izzard
plays the henchman Bailey.
The film was a flop, and is widely regarded by fans of the series as a travesty
— although at least one reviewer has pointed out that the weird touches the movie gets hammered for are the same kind of thing the series did all the time; the difference is that the series had the period, style and panache to get away with it. It doesn't help that the film was re-edited shortly before release to bring the running time down, losing several important plot points in the process, and the film violated the franchise's No. 1 taboo (no hanky panky between Steed and Peel).
Do try your best to not confuse this with 2012's Marvel Cinematic Universe
mega cross-over hit, The Avengers
The Avengers contains examples of:
- The Ace: Mrs. Peel is perfect at whatever she does, from science to chess to swordplay, making Steed's character seem somewhat redundant.
- Alice Allusion: Multiple; see the shout-outs page for details.
- Almost Kiss: Steed and Mrs. Peel, while he's helping her put on her boots.
- Are These Wires Important?: Steed rips the guts out of one of Sir August's robot insects.
- Attack Drone: Sir August's flying armed robot insects.
- Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Bailey said "Oh F*** " just before his death to raise the film's rating. The line was clearly dubbed in by someone who isn't Eddie Izzard; his lips don't move, and it sounds nothing like him.
- Badass Back: Mrs. Peel during her sword fight with Steed.
- Banister Slide: Mrs. Peel does a short one during her sword duel with Steed.
- Battle in the Rain: The final fight between Steed and Sir August.
- Bears Are Bad News: The bear costumes the recruited scientists wear.
- Bulletproof Vest: Steed's Trubshaw waistcoat.
- Casual Danger Dialog: This movie relies heavily on this trope; virtually no one shows any amount of emotion at any point in the entire movie despite being in mortal danger.
- Caretaker Reversal: After Steed is attacked by Mrs. Peel's clone, the real Mrs. Peel takes him to her home to recover and nurses him back to health. Later on, after Mrs. Peel is captured and brainwashed by Sir August, Steed rescues her and takes her to his home to recover.
- Chekhov's Gun: The boots Steed gives to Mrs. Peel.
- Chekhov's Skill: Steed's training in hand-to-hand combat at the beginning of the film and his later battles using those skills.
- Clear My Name: Mrs. Peel after her clone blows up the Prospero lab.
- Collapsing Lair: Sir August's underground island base.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Sir August could have legally made billions of dollars by selling the use of his Weather Control Machine to the nations of the world.
- Damsel in Distress: Subverted when Mrs. Peel escapes from Sir August on her own.
- Day of the Week Name: Sir August and his family, named after months.
- Deus Ex Scuse Me: Steed and Mrs. Peel are at Wonderland Weather getting a tour from the receptionist. There's a noise (telephone ring?) elsewhere and the receptionist leaves, allowing Steed and Mrs. Peel to look around unnoticed.
- Diabolical Mastermind: Sir August
- Dirty Old Man: Sir August and Mrs. Peel (Sean Connery is 40 years older than Uma Thurman).
- Disney Villain Death: Bailey's demise.
- The Dragon: Mrs. Peel's clone and Bailey.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Mrs. Peel may have done this with her clone's Spy Catsuit.
- Dull Surprise: John Steed and Emma Peel spend the film reacting politely and bantering during dangerous situations instead of getting excited or freaked out by any of it.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Sir August's island base.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Mrs. Peel's car after the flying robot insect attack.
- Evil Twin: Mrs. Peel's clone, created by Sir August.
- Fast Roping: Used by Bailey just prior to his fight with Mrs. Peel.
- The Film of the Series
- Flower Pot Drop: At the beginning of the film. Steed is almost hit by a flowerpot that drops down from a window above him.
- Forbidden Fruit: Steed warns Mrs. Peel not to take a macaroon when they have tea with Mother.
- Foreshadowing: The Wonderland Weather globes and Steed's "I'll stick to swordplay".
- Fun with Acronyms: BROLLY (British slang term for "umbrella").
- Fur and Loathing: Mrs. Peel's clone when she tries to kill Steed.
- Going in Circles: Mrs. Peel while trapped in Sir August's tesseract trap.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: The milkman, during Steed's test.
- Groin Attack: Mrs. Peel to Bailey during their fight in Sir August's base.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Sir August, by his own fighting staff and a bolt of lightning from his Weather Control Machine.
- Hot Scientist: Mrs. Peel.
- Hypnotize the Princess: Sir August tries this on Mrs. Peel.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Sir August to a captured Mrs. Peel.
- Idiot Ball: Mother takes possession of it early on. The Ministry has video evidence that Mrs. Peel is the one who sabotaged the Prospero project, yet they see it fit to have her assigned to the case.
- Impersonating the Evil Twin: Mrs. Peel enters Sir August's base by posing as her Evil Twin clone.
- Instant Sedation: Sir August to Mrs. Peel (drug-tipped dart) and Father to Mrs. Peel (aerosol gas).
- Karmic Death: Father and Mrs. Peel's clone.
- Knockout Gas: Father knocks Mrs. Peel out instantly with gas from an aerosol can.
- Large Ham: Sean Connery as Sir August de Wynter.
- Let's Split Up, Gang: Five times.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Such as pulling Sir August high up into the air.
- Meaningful Name: The villain's name is Sir August de Wynter, and he can control the weather.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Lab destruction -> weather control extortion conspiracy.
- Missing Trailer Scene: As noted, a huge chunk of the storyline was cut out prior to release, including a major opening sequence setting the plot. The trailer features footage from these deleted scenes (such as (the fake) Emma Peel uttering the code phrase "How now, brown cow?").
- The Mole: Father
- Monumental Damage: Nelson's Column and Big Ben's clock tower.
- Mythology Gag
- Neck Snap: Mrs. Peel's clone, to a Prospero Project Lab staff member.
- Odd Couple: Steed plays by the rules, Mrs. Peel doesn't.
- Offhand Backhand: Steed, at the conclusion of one of his fight scenes.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Sir August plays one in his mansion.
- Opposites Attract: See Odd Couple above.
- Parasol of Pain: Steed uses his umbrella as a weapon numerous times.
- Pungeon Master: Mrs. Peel.
- Remake Cameo: Patrick Macnee provided the voice of the invisible Colonel Jones.
- Secret Test: Steed's inviting Mrs. Peel to Boodles.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: The Weather Control Machine after it's turned off.
- Share Phrase: "How real will it feel" and "I thought I was seeing double".
- Shout-Out: Enough to get its own page.
- Smart People Play Chess: Mrs. Peel during her game with Steed.
- Spot of Tea: Steed has a tap in the dashboard of his Bentley that dispenses the stuff. He and Mrs. Peel take tea as they drive.
- Stalker Shrine: Sir August has one to Mrs. Peel (or her clone) in his mansion.
- Standard Hollywood Strafing Procedure: The flying robot insects, to Steed and Mrs. Peel.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Sir August after his fight with Steed in the hedge maze.
- Stock Phrases
- Storming the Castle: Steed and Mrs. Peel, to Sir August's base.
- Swiss Cheese Security: The meeting of the Council of Ministers.
- Sword Cane: In the final fight with Sir August, Steed reveals his sword umbrella.
- Tagline: "When evil reigns/rains, only one team can weather the storm." But can they weather a Hurricane of Puns?
- Tap on the Head: Bailey to Alice and Mrs. Peel's Evil Twin clone to Steed.
- Tracking Device: The "micro-tag" (radio homing signal) in Mrs. Peel's boots.
- Tranquillizer Dart: Sir August renders Mrs. Peel unconscious with a drug-tipped dart.
- Unflinching Faith In The Brakes: Alice, as Mrs. Peel's car approaches.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Steed and Mrs. Peel. At least until near the end when they kiss romantically, breaking every rule in the Avengers book.
- Unwinnable Training Simulation: When Steed is attacked at the beginning of the movie.
- The Voiceless:
- Bailey says two words just before he dies (see Avoid the Dreaded G Rating above). According to Eddie Izzard, the script only gave him a few bland lines and generic threats, and he decided the character would work better saying nothing at all.
- Mrs. Peel's clone.
- Weather Control Machine
- We Can Rule Together: Sir August to Mrs. Peel after he captures her.
- Wire Dilemma: Mrs. Peel, while trying to turn off the Weather Control Machine.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Sir August and his scientists.