Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Comedy

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A 1960s secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

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  • Elizabeth Hurley and Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
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3 July 2002 | bob the moo
Dirty, funny spoof if you're in the mood
In the 1960's Austin Powers is one of the UK's best secret agents. He works as an international playboy who also fights international terrorists. However when Dr Evil tries fails to kill him, Dr Evil escapes into space where he is frozen until a time when he can return. Austin Powers also freezes himself to be defrosted later. In the late 90's Dr Evil returns to wreck havoc on the world and only a defrosted Powers can stop him – if he can adapt to the new world order. Mike Myers is very much an acquired taste but he did seem to hit it big with this series of films. The original film set the tone with not very basic jokes but certainly plenty of crude ones. The main film is split between a fish out of water film, with Austin trying to come to terms with the 90's, and also a James Bond spoof with Dr Evil as a more frustrated Bond baddie (complete with cat and bald head). The fish out of water stuff works well as Austin is a funny swinger and the 60's stuff is cool, however the best bits for me all relate to Dr Evil – whether it be his relationship with his son or the asides where the see the consequences of the death of his henchmen. The spoof on Bond movies gets the best laughs from me. Myers is good in both roles and clearly has fun with both. Hurley is OK but a bit wooden as Vanessa while Robert Wagner is good as number one. Michael York (whoooooo?) is good as control and there are some good cameos – Rob Lowe is funny but I still don't understand why the whole Christian Slater bit was put in the final cut?! Overall it may be rude and slightly crude in places but there's still plenty to enjoy. It's 90 minutes long but it's very funny and rushes by. You may not remember much of the plot but at least you go away chuckling.

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Did You Know?


When Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) suggests blackmailing the Royal Family about the Princess of Wales, in reality, she had been killed in Paris at the time of the film's release in the United Kingdom.


Dr. Evil: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my underground lair. I have gathered here before me the world's deadliest assassins, and yet each of you has failed to kill Austin Powers. That makes me angry. And when Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets ...


In the title sequence there's an "UNDERGROUND" sign on a wall, but it's missing the red roundel that London Underground street signs have. It's also a bit too large and there doesn't appear to be a station entrance anywhere in sight.

Crazy Credits

The final credits include scenes of a photo shoot with Austin Powers, as well as a music video of the song 'BBC' by Ming Tea.

Alternate Versions

The TBS broadcast contains some notable differences from the theatrical release:

  • The scene where Austin retrieves his Swedish-Made Penis Enlarger after being unfrozen appears to be an alternate take. The attendant says "Swedish Made Enlarger" instead, and he has not been overdubbed.
  • In the Group Therapy scene, after Dr. Evil talks about having his testicles shaved, he goes on to talk about wanting to be an actor - dialogue not in the original release.
  • An alternate take of a scene in Dr. Evil's lair. In the theatrical version, Scott describes his planned evening as "a titty movie on Skinemax." On TBS, he says "a porno movie on cable." Later, Dr. Evil asks Scott if he wants to see what Daddy does for a living. Scott's response is "Blow me," which he follows up with "Show me" when Dr. Evil asks him to repeat that. In the TBS version, Scott says "Bite me," which he follows up with "Might be fun."
  • The line "I never forget a pussy ... cat" has been redubbed "I never forget a kitty ... cat", which ruins the joke.
  • Two versions of the "lifeboat" alternate ending were broadcast on TBS. In one, Basil arrives hanging from a helicopter. He gives Vanessa her full accreditation as a field agent, and gives Austin the card of a dental specialist. In the second ending, after Austin and Vanessa kiss we are treated to a roll-call of the major characters and what happened to them, as the "Great Escape March" plays in the background.


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Adventure | Comedy

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