Austin Powers: International Man of MysteryMay 2, 1997
A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 7.0/10 (97,004 voted)
Critic's Score: 51/100
Stars: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York
Austin Powers is a 60's spy who is cryonically frozen and released in the 1990's. The world is a very different place for Powers. Unfortunately for Austin, everyone is no longer sex-mad. Although he may be in a different decade, his mission is still the same. He has teamed up with Vanessa Kensington to stop the evil Dr. Evil, who was also frozen in the past. Dr. Evil stole a nuclear weapon and is demanding a payment of (when he realises its the 90's) 100 billion dollars. Can Austin Powers stop this madman? or will he caught up with Evil's henchman, with names like Alotta Fagina and Random Task? Only time will tell!
(as Anastasia Nicole Sakelaris)
Frozen in the 60's… thawing spring '97, baby!
Release Date: 2 May 1997
Filming Locations: Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino – 3535 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,548,111
(4 May 1997)
(28 September 1997)
Did You Know?
Mike Myers' wife suggested he dance in the movie during the credits, since he dances around his own house in the buff. This has become a continuing trademark of the series – in
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me he really does dance naked.
When Austin powers and Mrs.Kensington are shooting at the cryogenic freezing chamber which Dr.Evil has entered, the last two shots are heard, but the guns are not shooting anymore.
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 upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset… people DIE!
This should have been done years ago!!
In a time when we are almost constantly barraged with goofy spoof films,
it's amazing that no one had come out with a spoof of the James Bond films
until 1997. Those movies have been coming out and just BEGGING to be
since the early 60s, and Mike Meyers is the one who finally steps forward
do what simply has to be done, and he does a wonderful job at
Fans of the James Bond films will have a blast looking for all of the
allusions to the old Bond films and trying to determine which Bond film is
being spoofed at any given time, but it's important to keep in mind that
film pokes fun at the Bond series in good taste. Austin Powers:
International Man of Mystery is never disrespectful to the films that it
makes fun of, which is probably the single most important thing about a
spoof film that makes it good. This is why the Scary Movies, as just a
couple of examples, were such dismal, hideous failures. They try to be
by viciously making fun of all kinds of movies, and end up looking stupid
because they have such a nonexistent right to do that. You can't make a
stupid, stupid movie and make fun of a lot of great movies (and some not
great, admittedly) and try to pretend to be respectable at the end of it
all. That's the recipe for a crapfest.
While it's true that a lot of the comedy in the first Austin Powers film
slapstick and obviously contrived, I think it should be a testament to the
quality of the film that it is still so funny! We see all of the
Bond clichés in this movie, such as the usual one-liners (which are made
of extensively and with spectacular effect here), the fancy cars, the
cockiness, the teeth-grinding theme song, and the occasionally
popularity with the women (this allusion makes most sense when compared to
those Bond films that starred Roger Moore).
The plot involves a rivalry between Dr. Evil, an evil mastermind bent on
world domination, and Austin Powers, a mockish caricature of James Bond,
bent on stopping Dr. Evil's world domination schemes. Meyers portrays both
characters with hilarious skill, making Austin an awkward womanizer with
some serious dental problems, and Dr. Evil an evil schemer with a
cutesy side. Neither character really seems like they belong in the role
that they serve (as a spy and a doctor of evil), which is where a lot of
comedy comes in. There is also, of course the fact that they both spend
of the movie 30 years in their future, completely out of touch with the
world that they live in.
This is not a movie to be taken seriously, and quite frankly, I can't
understand all of these reviews that I've read on the IMDb that are
constantly complaining that Austin Powers is so cheesy or so childish.
heard this same complaint about lots of other movies that are also not
to be taken seriously, but this one is especially confusing. I trust that
all you people complaining about how childish Austin Powers is realize
it is a spoof based on a whole series of movies that are also not meant to
be taken seriously, right? I mean, that would be a hell of an oversight to
miss that little detail. Austin Powers is one of the most refreshing
comedies to come along in years, and it's sad that there are so many
who completely missed the boat on this one just because they pretend that
the movie is something that it's not and was never meant to be. It's true
that the movie is immensely immature and that it has unfortunately little
re-watch value (one of the biggest problems with the film), but the
of the comedy is unmistakable.