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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

After 30 years of cryogenic preservation, the title hero (a James Bond knockoff) and his archenemy Dr. Evil—both played by writer and coproducer Mike Myers—emerge to match wits all over again. What's really fun about this silly but spirited comedy (1997) isn't just the ribbing of "swinging London" fashion and social attitudes but the use of the compulsive zooms and split-screen mosaics of commercial movies of the 60s (some of the funniest gags derive from camera placement). There's a bit of fudging when it comes to the romantic interest: sidekick Elizabeth Hurley initially blanches at Austin Powers's advances but succumbs as soon as he treats her to a night on the town in Las Vegas, complete with champagne and Burt Bacharach. But 60s (and 50s) icons like Robert Wagner and Michael York (playing someone called Basil Exposition) make this exercise in historical relativity even funnier. Jay Roach directed with just the right amount of period tackiness. With Mimi Rogers, Seth Green, and Fabiana Udenio (as Alotta Fagina).

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Director:

  • Jay Roach

Cast:

  • Mike Myers
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • Michael York
  • Mimi Rogers
  • Robert Wagner
  • Seth Green
  • Fabiana Udenio
  • Mindy Sterling
  • Paul Dillon
  • Charles Napier
  • Will Ferrell

Writer:

  • Mike Myers

Producers:

  • Eric McLeod
  • Demi Moore
  • Mike Myers
  • Claire Rudnick Polstein
  • Jennifer Todd
  • Suzanne Todd

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