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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen [2003] (1 disc)

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Director:Stephen Norrington
Writer:James Robinson
Composer:Trevor Jones
Length:110 minutes
(1 hour 50 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:5.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:17%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
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  • Sci-Fi
  • Family
  • CG
  • Mystery
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Synopsis: In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, SF and adventure characters team up on a secret mission.


Reaction: The idea is interesting but it keeps playing out rather blandly. A few fun moments, though.


Personal Rating: 6/10

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Stephen Norrington => Director
James Robinson => Writer
Trevor Jones => Composer
Alan Moore => Comic Books
Kevin O'Neill => Comic Books
David Hemmings => Nigel
Ewart James Walters => Toby
Harmage Singh Kalirai => Crewman Chandra
Jason Flemyng => Dr. Henry Jekyll / Edward Hyde
Mariano Titanti => Edgar Shreave
Max Ryan => Dante
Naseeruddin Shah => Captain Nemo
Neran Persaud => Crewman Patel
Peta Wilson => Mina Harker
Richard Roxburgh => M
Robert Willox => Constable Dunning
Rudolf Pellar => Draper
Sean Connery => Allan Quatermain
Shane West => Tom Sawyer
Stuart Townsend => Dorian Gray
Terry O'Neill => Ishmael
Tom Goodman-Hill => Sanderson Reed
Tony Curran => Rodney Skinner
Winter Ave Zoli => Eva  (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Sean Connery was offered roles in The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, but said he didn't understand the scripts. So when offered another screenplay he didn't quite get, (LXG) he took it.
  • When Alan Quartermain is teaching Tom Sawyer to fire long-distance shots, you can see Shane West's (Tom Sawyer) arm and shoulder shaking from the strain of holding the gun. He says on the cast commentary that he was quite embarrassed because Sean Connery, who was nearly 72, seemed to have no problem holding the solid wood and metal gun while firing a shot, whereas he, in his early twenties, found it incredibly heavy and strained to hold it still while aiming at the target.
  • Stephen Norrington had such a hard time with this film that he announced he would never direct another film again. As of 2015, he hasn't.
  • At one point, Peta Wilson does a humorous impersonation of Sean Connery's voice. According to Wilson, this was a last-minute addition to the scene, and she felt nervous doing it, since Connery impersonations was considered a no-no on the set. Before the shoot she called Connery and offered not to do the accent, but he insisted she should. Afterwards she asked him what he thought. He replied, "You were great!" She was taken aback and asked if he really meant it. He said, "Yeah, it's terrible! It's the worst impersonation I have ever heard, and it's perfect."
  • The reason Captain Nemo denounces the kidnapping of the scientists' wives and children as 'monstrous' is from personal experience. In Jules Verne's original story, Nemo's own wife and child were kidnapped and murdered; grief-stricken, Nemo built his submarine and retreated into the sea.
  • While filming in Prague, the cast went to an Indian restaurant for lunch. The Indian proprietor recognized Naseeruddin Shah, called him by name, escorted the party to his best table, and waited on them personally.
  • Nemo's name is actually a Latin word, which means, "nameless" or "nobody". In the graphic novel, when someone asks him his name, he often replies "I am no one."
  • Sean Connery had a particularly bad working relationship with director Stephen Norrington. This was his last film before he decided to retire from acting.
  • LXG takes place in an alternate universe where technology is more advanced in 1899 than it was in real life. Aside from the use of an automobile and other advanced devices, we also see Captain Nemo's crew using sonar and Nemo refers to solar power many years before they were invented.
  • Tony Curran's agent did not want him to take the role of Skinner. He reasoned that since the character is invisible for most of the film, no one would care about who was playing him. Once the film came out Skinner became a fan favorite.
  • All of the characters except Rodney Skinner (the Invisible Man) have fallen into the public domain, which means that anybody can write about them. Apart from the 19th Century characters used in the film, this goes for some Golden Age comic book characters.
  • Captain Nemo, an Indian, is seen performing martial arts throughout the movie. The martial arts discipline of Shin Sun Do is thought to have originated in India.
  • The film's literary characters are Allan Quatermain, introduced in [?] H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines; Mina Harker from [?] Bram Stoker's Dracula; Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Rodney Skinner, who replaced Griffin from H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man (due to rights issues, and the character in the comic was given the name Hawley Griffin as the original novel gave no first name); Captain Nemo from [?] Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island; Dorian Gray from [?] Oscar Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray; Tom Sawyer from [?] Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequels; Ishmael from [?] Herman Melville's Moby Dick; and Professor James Moriarty from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Final Problem, one of the [Sherlock Holmes] stories. The Fantom's mask design alludes to [?] Gaston Leroux's The Phantom Of The Opera. British Intelligence chief "M" alludes to Casino Royale by Ian Fleming as does Campion Bond, a character from the script (who never made it into the movie), who is supposed to be the grandfather of James Bond.