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Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy action comedy film. It is the third and final installment of the Austin Powers trilogy starring Mike Myers in the title role. The film was directed by Jay Roach, and co-written by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers. Myers also plays the roles of Dr. Evil, Goldmember, and Fat Bastard. The movie co-stars Beyoncé in her theatrical film debut, as well as Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Michael York, Verne Troyer, Michael Caine, Mindy Sterling and Fred Savage. There are a number of cameo appearances including Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Quincy Jones, Tom Cruise, Danny DeVito, Katie Couric, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Travolta, Nathan Lane, and The Osbournes.

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in Goldmember.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jay Roach
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Characters
by Mike Myers
Starring
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by
Production
company
Gratitude International
Team Todd
Moving Pictures
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • July 26, 2002 (2002-07-26)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $63 million
Box office $296.7 million

In a self-parody of the Austin Powers series, there is a film within the film in the opening. Austin Powers is featured in a bio-pic called Austinpussy (a parody of the James Bond film Octopussy) directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise as Austin Powers, Gwyneth Paltrow as Dixie Normous, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-Me, and John Travolta as Goldmember.

Goldmember is a loose parody of the James Bond films Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, also incorporating elements of The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun and GoldenEye.[not verified in body] The film grossed $296.6 million at the box office internationally.

Contents

PlotEdit

In his new headquarters behind the famous Hollywood sign, Dr. Evil plans to travel back in time to 1975 and bring back Johan van der Smut, aka "Goldmember", who developed a cold fusion unit for a tractor beam which Dr. Evil names "Preparation H". He intends to use the tractor beam to pull a meteor into the Earth, striking the polar ice caps and causing a global flood. Moments after this plan is revealed, Austin Powers and the British Secret Service attack the base and arrest Dr. Evil. Austin is knighted for his services, but is disappointed when his father, the famous super-spy Nigel Powers, does not attend the event. Basil Exposition later informs Austin that Nigel has been kidnapped, and the only clue is that the crew of his yacht have had their genitalia painted gold.

Austin visits the imprisoned Dr. Evil, who tells him that Goldmember is behind the abduction. Time-travelling to 1975, Austin infiltrates Goldmember's roller disco club and is reunited with his former lover, FBI agent Foxxy Cleopatra, who is undercover as a disco singer. With Foxxy's help, Austin locates his father, but is unable to rescue him. Goldmember takes Nigel through Dr. Evil's time machine into the present day. Foxxy wants revenge on Goldmember for murdering her partner, and accompanies Austin in his pursuit. In the present, Dr. Evil and Mini-Me instigate a riot in their prison, allowing them to escape. A British Intelligence mole named Number 3 informs Austin that Dr. Evil has moved to a new lair near Tokyo. Austin and Foxxy travel to Tokyo and confront Fat Bastard, who is now a sumo wrestler, but still does work for Dr. Evil. Fat Bastard explains that a Japanese business man, Mr. Roboto, is working on a device for Dr. Evil and Goldmember.

Austin and Foxxy later meet with Mr. Roboto, who pleads ignorance about Nigel's whereabouts. Unconvinced, Austin and Foxxy infiltrate Roboto's factory where the command unit for the tractor beam is being loaded in Goldmember's car, and Roboto hands Goldmember a golden key needed to activate the beam. Foxxy confronts Goldmember while Austin attempts to free Nigel, but Goldmember escapes with the command unit and flees to Dr. Evil's submarine. Unable to settle their differences, Nigel and Austin part ways when they disagree on how to deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Dr. Evil's son, Scott Evil, has become increasingly evil in an attempt to prove himself to his father, to the point that he too is going bald. Scott presents his father with sharks with laser beams attached to their heads, a request that had gone unfulfilled in the first film. Dr. Evil replaces Mini-Me with Scott as his favored son; the rejected Mini-Me defects and joins Austin.

Austin, Foxxy and Mini-Me (now a miniature version of Austin) infiltrate the submarine, but Austin is captured. Dr. Evil prepares to activate the tractor beam, but Foxxy has stolen the key and frees Austin. Austin prepares to shoot Dr. Evil, when Nigel appears and reveals Dr. Evil and Austin are brothers, separated when they were toddlers when an assassination attempt killed their mother, and Dr. Evil was found and raised by Belgians. Dr. Evil and Austin embrace, enraging Scott, who flees to pursue his own vengeance, whilst Goldmember commandeers the tractor beam's controls, unzipping his pants to reveal his gold-covered genitals to be a spare key. Goldmember activates the tractor beam, but Austin and Dr. Evil work together to reverse its polarity, destroying the meteor and saving the world. The heroes arrest Goldmember, who turns to the camera to reveal the entire string of events was adapted into a film by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise as Austin, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil, Danny DeVito as Mini-Me, and John Travolta as Goldmember. Austin, Foxxy, Dr. Evil, Mini-Me and Nigel are in the audience of a Hollywood theater watching the film. Upon exiting the theater they run into Fat Bastard, now thinner but flabby, thanks to the Subway diet. As Austin and Foxxy kiss, in Dr. Evil's Hollywood lair, Scott – now completely bald, dressed like and laughing in a manner similar to his father — declares he will get his revenge on Austin and begins dancing like Michael Jackson.

CastEdit

Myers's other roles in the film include:
Cameos

ProductionEdit

Title concernsEdit

The title of the film, Goldmember, led to legal action being taken by MGM, the distributors of the James Bond film franchise, that briefly led to the film's title being removed from promotional material and trailers. The dispute was quickly resolved and the film title remained unchanged on the provision that the film would include trailers in its cinema releases for the then-upcoming James Bond film, Die Another Day, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.[3]

CharactersEdit

Austin Powers (Myers), having conquered the '90s and the '60s, travels back to the 1970s and teams up with his nemesis Dr. Evil (also played by Myers) to thwart a new villain, Goldmember (Myers once again). Myers also plays Fat Bastard for the second time, this time parodying the kind of "wire fight" seen in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film also stars Beyoncé Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra (parodying blaxploitation heroines, primarily Foxy Brown and Cleopatra Jones, as well as Christie Love when she says, "You're under arrest, sugah!" ), Michael York, reprising the role of Basil Exposition, and Verne Troyer in his second appearance as Mini-Me. The film also introduced a new character named Number 3 (a.k.a. the Mole), who is portrayed by former child star Fred Savage. Clint Howard plays a radar operator in all three films. Michael Caine guest stars as Austin's father, Nigel; this role was inspired by The Ipcress File, a 1965 film starring Caine.[4]

Four actors who appeared in the earlier films play different characters in Goldmember.[citation needed] Rob Lowe, who played the friend of a dead guard in International Man of Mystery, reprises his role as a younger Number 2 from The Spy Who Shagged Me, while Neil Mullarkey (quartermaster clerk in International Man of Mystery) and Eric Winzenried (army private soldier in The Spy Who Shagged Me) appear as the Physician and Henchman Sailor in the Sick Bay. Michael McDonald (the Virtucon guard who got run over by a steamroller in "International Man of Mystery" and a NATO soldier in "The Spy Who Shagged Me") appears as the royal guard.[citation needed]

GoldmemberEdit

Johan van der Smut, better known as Goldmember, is a fictional villain played by Myers (John Travolta plays the character in a cameo at the end of the film). The name was inspired by the James Bond villain Auric Goldfinger. Goldmember's Dutch origins and character traits were, according to Myers, inspired by an episode of the HBO TV series Real Sex featuring a Dutchman who operated a "sex barn" north of Rotterdam. The man's distinct forms of expression caught Myers' attention while he was writing.[5]

ReleaseEdit

Box officeEdit

Austin Powers in Goldmember took in £5,585,978 in the United Kingdom on its opening weekend.[citation needed] In the United States, it broke the opening weekend record for a spoof movie, surpassing the previous Austin Powers film.[citation needed] The film grossed US$73 million on its opening weekend, and grossed a total of $213 million in the United States, according to Box Office Mojo.[citation needed]

Home mediaEdit

Austin Powers in Goldmember was released on video and DVD on December 3, 2002.[citation needed]

Critical reactionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 54%, based on 183 reviews, with the site's critical consensus reading, "While the narrative structure is messy and doesn't make much sense, the third installment of the Austin Powers franchise contains enough inspired bits to entertain".[6] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Myers was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for the third time, but lost against Daveigh Chase for her role as Samara Morgan in The Ring, making it the first time Myers lost the award.[citation needed] However, he did win the award for Best Comedic Performance, making it the first time he won the award, having previously lost twice for the first two films.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

Award Category Name Outcome
2003 MTV Video Music Awards Best Video From a Film "Boys (The Co-Ed Remix)" by Britney Spears (feat. Pharrell) Nominated
BMI Film & Television Awards BMI Film Music Award George S. Clinton Won
Black Reel Awards of 2003 Best Breakthrough Performance Beyoncé Knowles Nominated
Best Song Beyoncé Knowles, "Work It Out" Nominated
Canadian Comedy Awards Film – Pretty Funny Male Performance Mike Myers Won
Film – Pretty Funny Writing Mike Myers Won
Empire Awards 2003 Best Actor Mike Myers Nominated
Scene of the Year The opening sequence Nominated
Golden Satellite Awards 2002 Best Costume Design Deena Appel Nominated
Best Original Song "Work It Out" Nominated
Best Overall DVD Nominated
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards Best Character Hair Styling – Feature Candy L. Walken, Jeri Baker, Susan V. Kalinowski Nominated
Best Period Hair Styling – Feature Candy L. Walken, Jeri Baker, Susan V. Kalinowski Nominated
2003 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Won
Favorite Female Butt Kicker Beyoncé Knowles Nominated
Favorite Male Movie Star Mike Myers Nominated
Favorite Fart in a Movie Nominated
2003 MTV Movie Awards Best Comedic Performance Mike Myers Won
Best Villain Mike Myers Nominated
Best Female Breakthrough Performance Beyoncé Knowles Nominated
29th Saturn Awards Best Costume Deena Appel Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Comedy Mike Myers Nominated
Choice Movie: Female Breakout Star Beyoncé Knowles Nominated

SoundtrackEdit

Austin Powers in Goldmember: Music from the Motion Picture
 
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released July 16, 2002 (2002-07-16)
Genre
Length 62:30
Label Maverick
Producer
  • Danny Bramson
  • John Houlihan
Austin Powers series chronology
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
(2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember: Music from the Motion Picture
(2002)
Singles from Austin Powers in Goldmember
  1. "Work It Out"
    Released: June 11, 2002
  2. "Boys"
    Released: July 29, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [7]

The song "Hey Goldmember" interpolates and is a parody of four 1970s disco songs formed into a medley; "Sing a Song" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Get Down Tonight", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", and "That's the Way (I Like It)", all by KC and the Sunshine Band.

"Sing a Song" is not listed in the credits but is sung by Beyoncé at the beginning.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Work It Out" – Beyoncé
  2. "Miss You" (Dr. Dre Remix 2002)The Rolling Stones
  3. "Boys" (Co-Ed Remix)Britney Spears featuring Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D)
  4. "Groove Me" – Angie Stone
  5. "Shining Star" – Earth, Wind & Fire
  6. "Hey Goldmember" – Foxxy Cleopatra featuring Devin and Solange
  7. "Ain't No Mystery" – Smash Mouth
  8. "Evil Woman" – Soul Hooligan featuring Diana King
  9. "1975" – Paul Oakenfold (samples "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy)
  10. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" (Dr. Evil Remix)Dr. Evil
  11. "Daddy Wasn't There" – Ming Tea featuring Austin Powers
  12. "Alfie (What's It All About, Austin?)" – Susanna Hoffs

ChartsEdit

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[8] 34
Irish Compilation Albums (IRMA)[9] 6
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 25
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[11] 1
US Billboard 200[12] 27
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 46
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

Possible sequelEdit

In October 2005, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mike Myers discussed the possibility of studio sources moving forward with a fourth film. "There is hope!". "We're all circling and talking to each other. I miss doing the characters."[13] In May 2007, in an interview with IGN, "So no more Austin Powers?" was asked, and Myers replied, "No, no, there is a fully conceived idea for a fourth and I can just say that it's from Dr. Evil's point of view. So if you balanced how much of it was Austin with Dr. Evil, it's more about Dr. Evil than Austin".[14] Also, in the audio commentary from the DVD release of Goldmember, Myers revealed that in the fourth film, Fat Bastard would return and regain the weight that he lost in Goldmember.[15]

In May 2007, at the Shrek the Third première, Mike Myers announced that a fourth Austin Powers film was planned, but that it would focus more on Dr. Evil rather than Austin. He also said that he'd start work on it after he started work on The Love Guru, which became a box office bomb.[16] In February 2008, it was announced that Jay Roach would return as director. In April 2008, it was reported that Gisele Bündchen had been offered a role in the film.[17] However, Seth Green, who played Scott Evil, state that there was any script at the moment and that Austin Powers 4 would be made if a script is written and approved.[18] In June 2008, in an interview, when asked about another Austin Powers film, Myers stated, "I have an idea, and again it's one of those things that will emerge or it won't."[19] In July 2008, Mike Myers stated that he had begun writing Austin Powers 4, and that the plot is "really about Dr. Evil and his son."[20]

In March 2010, Jay Roach indicated to MTV that Myers is working on ideas for a fourth film.[21][22] In August 2011, Mike Myers revealed he would return, and had begun writing a script for a fourth installment.[23] In September 2013, when asked about the future of Austin Powers, Myers answered "I'm still figuring that out."[24] In September 2015, Verne Troyer expressed his desire to return as Mini-Me if he was asked to do so.[25]

On May 20, 2016, Roach was asked about the fourth Austin Powers film during an interview with Larry King, and he stated the ideas for the fourth film that he and Myers have are good and interesting.[26] In August 2016, in a telephone interview, Mike Myers stated "Everything is being negotiated and worked out and all that stuff" in regards to the fourth installment of the Austin Powers film series.[27]

In April 2017, as the twentieth anniversary approached for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mike Myers claimed he would love to do another Austin Powers film, but you would just have to see.[28] Two days later, Roach stated that a fourth film would only occur if Myers creates a good story for it.[29] On May 26, 2017, Troyer stated that Mini-Me will reveal that he can speak in the fourth movie.[30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Golden Girl: Beyonce's Glittering Film Debut Destined to Turn Heads, and Makeup Trends". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Michael Caine: The original Austin Powers". CNN. July 26, 2002. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Spy vs. spy ends amicably". USA Today. 2002-04-10. Retrieved 2007-04-07. 
  4. ^ Leyland, Matthew (January 6, 2006). "The Ipcress File (1965)". BBC. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ Seiler, Andy (2002-07-25). "Movie news". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 20, 2009. 
  7. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Austin Powers in Goldmember [Original Soundtrack] – Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Soundtrack – Austin Powers: Goldmember". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "GFK Chart-Track – Multi-Artist Compilation Albums: Week 33, 2002". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Soundtrack – Austin Powers: Goldmember". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Soundtrack Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "Austin Powers in Goldmember [Original Soundtrack] – Original Soundtrack | Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Mike Myers may return to ''Austin Powers''". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  14. ^ "IGN: Interview: Mike Myers and Antonio Banderas". IGN. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  15. ^ http://www.today.com/news/austin-powers-needs-kill-fat-bastard-wbna44147655
  16. ^ Adler, Shawn (8 May 2007). "Mike Myers Revives Dr. Evil, Plus Kirsten Dunst, 'High School Musical' & More, In Movie File". MTV. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  17. ^ Orange, B. Alan (14 April 2008). "Is Gisele Bundchen the Next 'Austin Powers' Girl?". Movieweb.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  18. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/2429982/sorry-giselle-but-austin-powers-4-still-isnt-happening-says-seth-green/#more-2191
  19. ^ "Mike Myers on Love Guru, Shrek 4, Austin 4 and Wayne's World". Latino Review. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  20. ^ "Mike Myers is Writing Austin Powers 4". Slashfilm. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  21. ^ "Fourth 'Austin Powers' Movie Will Go 'Somewhere You Haven't Though Of,' Jay Roach Says". MTV. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  22. ^ "Mike Myers Revives Dr. Evil". MTV. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  23. ^ "Exclusive: Mike Myers is signed, sealed, delivered for 'Austin Powers 4'". Hitfix. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 
  24. ^ "Toronto: Fleming Q&A's Mike Myers On 'Supermensch' Directorial Debut". Deadline. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  25. ^ http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/entertainment/verne-troyer-waiting-for-the-call-for-austin-powers-4-697306.html
  26. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/film/austin-powers-4-could-still-happen-according-to-di-885106
  27. ^ The Canadian Press (25 August 2016). "Mike Myers talks 'Wayne's World,' the Leafs, 'Austin Powers'". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  28. ^ "Austin Powers 4: 'I would love to do another' Mike Meyers says as original turns 20". independent.co.uk. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  29. ^ http://www.darkhorizons.com/jay-roach-on-why-theres-no-austin-powers-4/
  30. ^ http://www.mymbuzz.com/2017/05/26/verne-troyer-teases-austin-powers-4-mini-me-will-speak/

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