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Johnny English (2003)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 July 2003 (USA)
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After a sudden attack on the MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas McFerran ...
Steve Nicolson ...
Dieter Klein
Terence Harvey ...
Official at Funeral
Prime Minister
Pegasus, Head of MI7
Pegasus' Secretary
Rowland Davies ...
Philippa Fordham ...
Snobby Woman
Tim Berrington ...


Rowan plays the eponymous lead character in a spoof spy thriller. During the course of the story we follow our hero as he attempts to single-handedly save the country from falling into the hands of a despot. Written by Alistair Knight

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He's the kind of secret agent the Secret Service keeps secret. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for comic nudity, some crude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny English - Der Spion, der es versiebte  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,435,342 (UK) (11 April 2003)


$734,283 (Japan) (10 October 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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The Chinese title of this film literally translates into "Mr. Bean (or 'silly bean' as he's called in Chinese) Becomes a Secret Agent". In Brazilian Portuguese it's "Mr. Bean - Um Agente Muito Louco" (a very crazy agent). See more »


When the crown jewels are returned to the police station. The Police station has a sign saying "City of London Police", on the news report it says "The crown jewels were returned to a police station in north London". However the 'City of London' police only patrol within 'the square mile' in the centre of Greater London. North London would refer to northern Greater London, which is covered by the Metropolitan Police. Even if the City of London police station was in the north of the square mile, no-one would refer to it as north London as it's such a small area. See more »


[first lines]
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Patchy but likable Spy Spoof
26 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The talented Rowan Atkinson expands his character from a series of TV adverts shown in the UK in the late 1990's onto the big screen.So does the transfer from two-minute sketches adapt successfully into feature-length narrative? The answer surprisingly is quite well,although the film does have flat spots and gags that somewhat misfire.The plot and incidents that take place are an obvious mixture and borrowing from the NAKED GUN and AUSTIN POWERS series of parodies,but what is refreshing is that the character of Johnny English is mostly free of the occasional mugging that was witnessed in the above films,and also Atkinson's MR BEAN creation,which was of course wordless but did sometimes engage in some rather messy slapstick.There is some messy slapstick here,but Atkinson's interpretation is closer to his greatest comic character of Edmund BLACKADDER,with his sometimes cynical and sarcastic tone,though he has traits of bumbling incompetence like Mr.Bean,though not total idiocy which makes English more sympathetic.A lower budget than the AUSTIN POWERS series means there are fewer elaborate set pieces,but some scenes work very well and there are some witty exchanges of dialogue.There's decent support from Natalie Imbruglia,Ben Miller and Tim Pigott-Smith,but John Malkovich is the most amusing as the villain with his cod French accent.It is encouraging to see a comedy which underplays it's scenes these days,rather than performers shouting and screaming in a desperate bid to force laughter out of an audience.That said,some scenes in the film don't always come off,perhaps because they are understated too much,but the best bits are very funny(especially the final scenes)and further sequels with this character would be most welcome.

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