PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two British agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.
Peter Bart's book "The Gross" covered the film's unfolding disaster in great detail. Among other facts: Warner Brothers greenlit the film largely on the strength of a star-packed cast and their appreciation of Jeremiah Chechik's work on Diabolique (1996) and were horrified when seeing what the first cut was like. The first screening took place in front of a "largely Spanish-speaking, working class" audience in Phoenix, Arizona, who hated the film; the studio then forced Chechik to cut many of his favorite scenes, and conduct reshoots; and the final cut went from 115 to 89 minutes, and was completely incoherent. The studio even refused to hold further test screenings, or to have an official premiere before the film's August 1998 release.
Sir August de Winter:
You will buy your weather from me! And by God you'll pay for it.
As Emma Peel passes by the orchids, the enlarging Fresnel plates miraculously always face the camera.
UK DVD Z1 15873 does not feature Eddie Izzard opening his knife in his final fight - footage cut but present in other versions. The shot of the knife being opened is replaced by a reaction shot of Emma that is not featured in versions that have the knife opening. As a result the different versions do not have a different running time as the action goes back perfectly in sync after this moment.
£937,166 (UK) (16 August 1998)
$23,322,832 (USA) (4 October 1998)
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