Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery


1h 29m 1997

Brief Synopsis

A hip secret agent frozen in the '60s thaws out in the '90s to face his greatest enemy.

Film Details

Also Known As
Austin Powers, Austin Powers - Hemlig internationell agent
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Spy
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Synopsis

A world-class playboy and part-time secret agent from the 1960s emerges after thirty years in a cryogenic state. The hipster secret agent is thawed in order to stop his arch-enemy Dr. Evil's absurd plot to take over the world.

Crew

Doug Aarniokoski

Assistant Director

Deena Appel

Costume Designer

Ben Baca

Props

Burt Bacharach

Other

Clement Bacque

Other

Scott Baker

Other

Matthew J Barden

Grip

Jackie Baskow

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tiffany Ann Battersby

Craft Service

Kylie Bell

Makeup Artist

Javier Bennassar

Sound Effects Editor

Douglas Berkeley

Set Designer

Joan Kelley Bierman

Production Coordinator

Melody Bishop

Art Department Coordinator

Kathy Blake

Researcher

Sashy Bogdanovich

Set Production Assistant

Kurt Bohney

Props

Daniel Brodo

On-Set Dresser

Paul Broucek

Music

Scott Browner

Camera Assistant

Greg Burun

Other

Christine Cantella

Wardrobe Assistant

Violet Cazanjian

Assistant Director

Carlo Jean-paul Chanez

Assistant

Cynthia Charette

Production Designer

Dorian Cheah

Sound Effects Editor

Andrea Chesney

Camera Assistant

Sadie Chrestman

Set Production Assistant

Bill Church

Visual Effects

David F Clark

Assistant Editor

George S. Clinton

Music

Beverley Collins

Makeup Assistant

Hugh Conlon

Construction Coordinator

Benjamin Cook

Sound Effects Editor

Gloria Cooper

Boom Operator

Tangi Crawford

Costume Supervisor

W Ty Crawford

Set Production Assistant

Louis Creveling

Dialogue Editor

Stephen Cruz

Visual Effects

Debbi Datz-pyle

Music Contractor

Evan Daum

Assistant Editor

Carole Lee Davis

Other

Deborah Myles Davis

Set Costumer

Jerry Day

Key Rigging Grip

Dave Deever

Video Assist/Playback

Peter Deming

Other

Peter Deming

Director Of Photography

Pen Densham

Special Thanks To

Carlos Depalma

Grip

Marguerite Derricks

Choreographer

Bill Devoe

Transportation

Chris Douridas

Music

Lisa Dunlap

Stand-In

Tillie Duran

Craft Service

Beth Edelstein

Other

Beth Emerson

On-Set Dresser

Lisle Engle

Sound Effects Editor

Mary Erstad

Foley Mixer

Avy Eschenasy

Production

Jeannine Fenton

On-Set Dresser

Lisa K. Ferguson

Other

Eddie Fickett

Assistant Location Manager

Paul Fischer

Grip

Debra Neil Fisher

Editor

Mike Flicker

Music Editor

Ann Foley

Set Costumer

Alan Freedman

Adr Mixer

Matt Friedman

Music

Cormac Funge

Sound Effects Editor

Frank Gaeta

Sound Effects Editor

Joe Gayton

Production Assistant

Danielle Ghent

Dialogue Editor

Danielle Ghent

Adr Mixer

Pete Gikas

Other

Rick Giovinazzo

Music

Emily Glatter

Production Coordinator

Kurt Godel

Visual Effects

Amanda Goodpaster

Music

Kathrine Gordon

Hair Stylist

David Grant

Dialogue Editor

Bill Green

Best Boy

Gregory Greer

Office Assistant

Pamela Louise Griner

Assistant

Madeleine R Gubbins

Assistant

Joshua Hancock

Other

Gabriel Hardman

Storyboard Artist

Catherine Harper

Foley Artist

Kevin Harris

Accounting Assistant

Lana Heying

Hair Assistant

Stephen Hibbert

Special Thanks To

Brian Hirai

Art Assistant

Christopher Hoffman

Assistant

Susanna Hoffs

Special Thanks To

Dawn Hoggatt

Editor

John Houlihan

Music Supervisor

Frederick Howard

Sound Editor

Stephan Howard

Props

Paul Hughen

Camera Operator

Steven A. Hughes

Rigging Gaffer

Jody Hummer

Location Manager

John Jackson

Mike Myers' Makeup

Robert C Jackson

Dialogue Editor

Greg Jensen

Best Boy

David Johnson

Visual Effects

Kirt Johnson

On-Set Dresser

Thomas Jones

Dialogue Editor

Suzie Katayama

Music

Diana Kaufman

Post-Production Supervisor

Mark S. Kaufman

Music Coordinator

Kate Kennedy

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Bob Kensinger

Set Decorator

Jeff Khachadoorian

Props

Ossama Khuluki

Foley Artist

Carol Koch

Visual Effects

Steve Koch

Visual Effects

Robin Kolb

Props

Erwin H Kupitz

Wig Supplier

Gary Kurashige

Medic

Tom Larkin

Driver

Cindy Lasher

Medic

Steve Lauritzen

On-Set Dresser

Michael Laviolette

Lighting Technician

Tracy Lee

Makeup

Freddy Leiba

Other

Cindy Leinwand

Production Assistant

Tui Letuli

Transportation Captain

Adam Lieberman

Stand-In

Thomas Love

Special Effects

Lauren Lustig

Assistant Property Master

Laura Maffeo

On-Set Dresser

David Mann

Foley Editor

Tammy Maples

Consultant

Derek Marcil

Adr Mixer

Derek Marcil

Rerecording

Diane Marshall

Foley Artist

Adam Martinez

Production Assistant

Denise Martinez

Costume Supervisor

Michael Mccullers

Assistant

Russell Mcentyre

Transportation Captain

Jonathan Mchugh

Sound

Eric Mcleod

Executive Producer

Eric Mcleod

Unit Production Manager

Marina Mcleod

Rights & Clearances

Teresa L E Meyer

Production Coordinator

Michele Michel

Costume Illustrator

Michael Mikita

Other

Patty Miller

Hair Assistant

Bruce Mink

Property Master

J Ricardo Mona

Foreman

Demi Moore

Producer

Jennifer Mosberg

Production

Tricia Mulgrew

Transportation

Dan Muscarella

Color Timer

Mike Myers

Screenplay

Mike Myers

Producer

Freddie Negrete

Makeup Artist

Cheryl Nick

Makeup Assistant

Scott Nunes

Set Production Assistant

Rod Nunnally

Painter

Jeff Ogg

Props

Daniel Olexiewicz

Art Director

Vernon Ollar

Tailor

Jim Osburn

Boom Operator

Carla Palmer

Makeup Assistant

John Papsidera

Casting

Steven Pehl

Best Boy Grip

Michael Pennington

Props

Rafael Peregrina

Grip

Wally Pfister

Photography

Michael Pizzuto

Key Grip

Luke Ployhar

Other

Paul Prokop

Production Associate

Bill M Puluti

Transportation Coordinator

Emma Rappaport

Assistant

Patrick Ratliff

Special Effects

Rich Ratliff

Special Effects Coordinator

Ronit Ravich-boss

Script Supervisor

Judd Rea

Accountant

Jeff Recker

Assistant Location Manager

Marcos Rehlaender

Production

Matthew Reidenbach

Assistant Editor

Scott Ressler

Assistant Camera Operator

Jack Robinson

Location Scout

Peter Roderick

Special Effects

John Ross

Rerecording

Martin Roy Mervel

Set Designer

Claire Rudnick Polstein

Executive Producer

Robin Ruzan

Special Thanks To

Mark Sadler

Other

Eric Sandlin

Other

Dana Sano

Music

Amy Schmidt

Assistant Director

Marco Schnabel

Production Associate

Steve Schoenberg

Assistant Editor

Steve Scoville

Dialogue Editor

Susan Shin

Adr Supervisor

Alexis Silver

Wardrobe

Gary Simon

Assistant Editor

Michelle Skoby

Assistant Costume Designer

Doyle Smiley

Special Effects

Film Details

Also Known As
Austin Powers, Austin Powers - Hemlig internationell agent
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Spy
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Articles

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery


It all started in a bathtub. Or in the car listening to Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love." Maybe it was both--Mike Myers isn't saying for sure, but regardless of the exact inspiration, Austin Powers was born. The character started as pure amusement for Myers who toyed with the trademark voice and catchphrases around the house for a couple of days---he was quickly persuaded by his wife to write a screenplay that was completed in three weeks. In 1997, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery sped onto the scene in a Union Jack Jaguar roadster, with Myers at the wheel as the sexy super spy. Replete with excessive chest hair, crushed velvet suits, and grotty teeth, Austin zips from the sixties to the nineties via a cryogenic freezing in pursuit of his nemesis, Dr. Evil, also played by Myers. Heavily inspired by the James Bond flicks, and in part by the Matt Helm spy series, The Beatles' movies, films like Our Man Flint (1965), and the general pop culture look of the Brit glam sixties, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery re-envisioned the spy spoof genre and took it to a new level of hilarity. Yet the film's conception is also a fond memorial to Myers' father, who did not live to see his son's most successful creation to date.

Eric Myers passed away from complications of Alzheimer's in 1992, just before the opening of Wayne's World, an SNL-crossover hit and another of Myers' inventions. Myers was affected deeply by his father's death and took almost two years off from performing or writing of any kind. The ultimate breakthrough was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a concept that Myers felt honored the spirit of his father who was a big fan of silly humor. The production company Myers founded to help produce the film was another poignant reminder of his father's influence: Eric's Boy. The movie was a smash success, grossing over fifty million and spawning two sequels, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and a third installment to be released in the summer of 2002.

Elizabeth Hurley was cast as Austin's secret agent partner Vanessa Kensington, a move that would finally get her noticed as an actress instead of a Versace decoration on Hugh Grant's arm. Myers reportedly wrote the role specifically for Hurley after seeing her on a talk show. A former Estee Lauder model, Hurley had a difficult time containing herself on the set due to some of Myers' antics which were a constant source of laughter. The solution? She turned her left ear toward Myers as he delivered his lines and refused to make eye contact with him, thus avoiding an inevitable crack-up. Veteran actor Michael York was featured as Basil Exposition, a send-up of the character Q from Bond, who demonstrates the gadgets and techno toys for Powers, including a not-so-technical-but-very-necessary dental hygiene kit. Robert Wagner, another film and TV veteran, appears as Number Two, the right-hand man of Dr. Evil. Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise's ex, takes a turn as Mrs. Kensington, Austin's pal in the sixties and Vanessa's mother. Ever the fashion duo, both Rogers and Hurley asked for and got to keep the Emma Peel-inspired leather cat suits worn in the film.

Seth Green, best known as the character Oz from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-present), plays Dr. Evil's artificially inseminated and embittered son Scott. According to Green, most of the movie script was tossed out in lieu of improvisation. The infamous Shh! scene was one such case, as Myers and Green bantered back and forth on the fly. SNL cohort Will Ferrell steps in as another of Dr. Evil's henchmen, the Rasputin-esque Mustafa. Fabiana Udenio, a one-time Miss Italy, takes another crown for the character with the best name - in homage to former Bond girl Pussy Galore - Alotta Fagina. Featured as the head Fembot, a term actually created for an episode of The Bionic Woman (1976-78), was Cindy Margolis, another royalty of sorts, as the one-time "Queen of the Internet" due to a record number of downloaded pictures of her body.

Music buffs will spot Susannah Hoffs (of The Bangles fame) and Matthew Sweet as members of Austin's band Ming Tea. Credits watchers will catch Demi Moore as one of the producers and a curious special thanks to both fashion designer Paco Rabanne and fictional SNL philosopher Jack Handey.

Producer: Demi Moore, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Mike Myers
Director: Jay Roach
Screenplay: Mike Myers
Cinematography: Peter Deming
Costume Design: Deena Appel
Film Editing: Debra Neil-Fisher
Original Music: George S. Clinton
Principal Cast: Mike Myers (Austin Powers/Dr. Evil), Elizabeth Hurley (Vanessa Kensington), Michael York (Basil Exposition), Mimi Rogers (Mrs. Kensington), Robert Wagner (Number Two), Seth Green (Scott Evil), Charles Napier (Commander Gilmour), Will Ferrell (Mustafa), Fabiana Udenio (Alotta Fagina), Clint Howard (Radar Operator Ritter).
C-90m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.

by Eleanor Quin
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

It all started in a bathtub. Or in the car listening to Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love." Maybe it was both--Mike Myers isn't saying for sure, but regardless of the exact inspiration, Austin Powers was born. The character started as pure amusement for Myers who toyed with the trademark voice and catchphrases around the house for a couple of days---he was quickly persuaded by his wife to write a screenplay that was completed in three weeks. In 1997, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery sped onto the scene in a Union Jack Jaguar roadster, with Myers at the wheel as the sexy super spy. Replete with excessive chest hair, crushed velvet suits, and grotty teeth, Austin zips from the sixties to the nineties via a cryogenic freezing in pursuit of his nemesis, Dr. Evil, also played by Myers. Heavily inspired by the James Bond flicks, and in part by the Matt Helm spy series, The Beatles' movies, films like Our Man Flint (1965), and the general pop culture look of the Brit glam sixties, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery re-envisioned the spy spoof genre and took it to a new level of hilarity. Yet the film's conception is also a fond memorial to Myers' father, who did not live to see his son's most successful creation to date. Eric Myers passed away from complications of Alzheimer's in 1992, just before the opening of Wayne's World, an SNL-crossover hit and another of Myers' inventions. Myers was affected deeply by his father's death and took almost two years off from performing or writing of any kind. The ultimate breakthrough was Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a concept that Myers felt honored the spirit of his father who was a big fan of silly humor. The production company Myers founded to help produce the film was another poignant reminder of his father's influence: Eric's Boy. The movie was a smash success, grossing over fifty million and spawning two sequels, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and a third installment to be released in the summer of 2002. Elizabeth Hurley was cast as Austin's secret agent partner Vanessa Kensington, a move that would finally get her noticed as an actress instead of a Versace decoration on Hugh Grant's arm. Myers reportedly wrote the role specifically for Hurley after seeing her on a talk show. A former Estee Lauder model, Hurley had a difficult time containing herself on the set due to some of Myers' antics which were a constant source of laughter. The solution? She turned her left ear toward Myers as he delivered his lines and refused to make eye contact with him, thus avoiding an inevitable crack-up. Veteran actor Michael York was featured as Basil Exposition, a send-up of the character Q from Bond, who demonstrates the gadgets and techno toys for Powers, including a not-so-technical-but-very-necessary dental hygiene kit. Robert Wagner, another film and TV veteran, appears as Number Two, the right-hand man of Dr. Evil. Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise's ex, takes a turn as Mrs. Kensington, Austin's pal in the sixties and Vanessa's mother. Ever the fashion duo, both Rogers and Hurley asked for and got to keep the Emma Peel-inspired leather cat suits worn in the film. Seth Green, best known as the character Oz from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-present), plays Dr. Evil's artificially inseminated and embittered son Scott. According to Green, most of the movie script was tossed out in lieu of improvisation. The infamous Shh! scene was one such case, as Myers and Green bantered back and forth on the fly. SNL cohort Will Ferrell steps in as another of Dr. Evil's henchmen, the Rasputin-esque Mustafa. Fabiana Udenio, a one-time Miss Italy, takes another crown for the character with the best name - in homage to former Bond girl Pussy Galore - Alotta Fagina. Featured as the head Fembot, a term actually created for an episode of The Bionic Woman (1976-78), was Cindy Margolis, another royalty of sorts, as the one-time "Queen of the Internet" due to a record number of downloaded pictures of her body. Music buffs will spot Susannah Hoffs (of The Bangles fame) and Matthew Sweet as members of Austin's band Ming Tea. Credits watchers will catch Demi Moore as one of the producers and a curious special thanks to both fashion designer Paco Rabanne and fictional SNL philosopher Jack Handey. Producer: Demi Moore, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Mike Myers Director: Jay Roach Screenplay: Mike Myers Cinematography: Peter Deming Costume Design: Deena Appel Film Editing: Debra Neil-Fisher Original Music: George S. Clinton Principal Cast: Mike Myers (Austin Powers/Dr. Evil), Elizabeth Hurley (Vanessa Kensington), Michael York (Basil Exposition), Mimi Rogers (Mrs. Kensington), Robert Wagner (Number Two), Seth Green (Scott Evil), Charles Napier (Commander Gilmour), Will Ferrell (Mustafa), Fabiana Udenio (Alotta Fagina), Clint Howard (Radar Operator Ritter). C-90m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning. by Eleanor Quin

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video October 21, 1997

Released in United States September 1997

Released in United States Spring May 2, 1997

Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 5-14, 1997.

Began shooting August 5, 1996.

Released in United States Spring May 2, 1997

Released in United States September 1997 (Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 5-14, 1997.)

Released in United States on Video October 21, 1997

Completed shooting October 12, 1996.