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MR MAGOO

SYNOPSIS:
When a stolen gem lands in the possession of bumbling millionaire Quincy Magoo (Leslie Nielsen),a sinister plot is hatched to steal it back. Perpetually the target of evil culprits, Magoo consistently manages to escape unharmed, totally oblivious to the dangers that surround him. Hunted by robbers and set up by a conniving female thief (Kelly Lynch), Magoo ultimately nabs the real villains with the help of his nephew, Waldo (Matt Keeslar), and his trusty bulldog, Angus, and is hailed a hero.

Sorry, we have not been able to review this film – either because the distributor hasn’t been able or willing to have a media preview for it. We will endeavour to add our reviews later. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from reviews published elsewhere.

"Magoo drives a red Studebaker convertible in ``Mr. Magoo,'' a fact I report because I love Studebakers and his was the only thing I liked in the film. It has a prescription windshield. He also drives an eggplantmobile, which looks like a failed wienermobile. The concept of a failed wienermobile is itself funnier than anything in the movie. Mr. Magoo'' is transcendently bad. It soars above ordinary badness as the eagle outreaches the fly. There is not a laugh in it. Not one. I counted. I wonder if there could have been any laughs in it. Perhaps this project was simply a bad idea from the beginning, and no script, no director, no actor could have saved it….Magoo is played by Leslie Nielsen, who could at the very least have shaved his head bald for the role. He does an imitation of the Magoo squint and the Magoo voice, but is unable to overcome the fact that a little Magoo at six minutes in a cartoon is a far different matter than a lot of Magoo at 90 minutes in a feature. This is a one-joke movie without the joke…"
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"…What's most surprising about the movie is the fact that it got made in the first place. Granted, the cartoon was thought to be funny for its time. But the '90s are more politically correct times, and the idea's not nearly amusing enough to be translated from animation to live-action. Another warning sign for the producers should have been the presence of star Leslie Nielsen, who hasn't made a funny film in years. He and veteran Hong Kong action director Stanley Tong make a powerful formula for disaster…. The action-filled finale isn't any better than what preceded it. And things are worsened by Tong's seeming lack of control of his actors, none of whom are remotely funny. Worst of all is Nielsen, who doesn't seem to know who he's playing from scene to scene. In fact, he's actually more annoying when he tries to replicate Jim Backus' Magoo cackle."
Jeff Vice, Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 2
Mixed: 0
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MR MAGOO (PG)
(US)

CAST: Leslie Nielsen, Kelly Lynch, Matt Keeslar, Nick Chinlund, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ernie Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Miguel Ferrer, L. Harvey Gold, Art Irizawa, John Tierney, Terence Kelly, Rick Burgess, Jerry Wasserman, Bill Dow

DIRECTOR: Stanley Tong

PRODUCER: Ben Myron

SCRIPT: Pat Proft, Tom Sherohman (based on the character Mr Magoo)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jingle Ma

EDITOR: Stuart Pappé

MUSIC: Michael Tavera

PRODUCTION DESIGN: John Willett

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

 

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: May 14, 1998







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