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Johnny English [DVD] [2003]

Rowan Atkinson , John Malkovich , Peter Howitt    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos, Ben Miller
  • Directors: Peter Howitt
  • Writers: Peter Howitt, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, William Davies
  • Producers: Chris Clark, Debra Hayward, Eric Fellner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A5BS7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,733 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

James Bond spoof starring Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English, a lowly government clerk who suddenly finds himself promoted to the position of Britain's Number One International Spy. Sent into action after the crown jewels are stolen, English and his sidekick Bough (Ben Miller) soon begin to suspect billionaire Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich). The plot thickens when the mysterious Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia) begins turning up in the most unexpected places.


There have been films based on books, video games, theme park rides and even songs, but Johnny English must be the first one based on an advert. Taking its inspiration from the Barclaycard commercials, which starred Rowan Atkinson as a hapless MI6 agent, this full-length film is a cross between a James Bond spoof and Mr Bean. Johnny (a pen-pusher who dreams of a life in her majesty's secret service) is given the mission to protect the crown jewels after a bomb kills all of MI6's existing spies. Unfortunately they are stolen from right under his nose by evil industrialist, Pascal Sauvage (a ridiculously accented John Malkovich) who is intent on seizing the British throne and turning the UK into the biggest prison colony in the world. Thus follows comic set-piece after set-piece, including a hilarious car chase and the obligatory breaking-into-the-evil-genius's-lair sequence, in which English, ably assisted by his much more intelligent subordinate Bough (a brilliantly patient Ben Miller), tries to recover the jewels, stop Sauvage's nefarious scheme, prove to his superiors that he is not completely insane and get the girl, here an Interpol agent played by Natalie Imbruglia.

It's a one-joke movie: he's the worst secret agent in the world. Situations and script are more than a trifle cliched, too, and John Malkovich's performance is cringeworthy. But Atkinson's talent for creating a frustrating but ultimately endearing character is firmly set in the British tradition of rooting for the underdog. The result is an entertaining and endearing spoof with some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and sparks of originality that more than outnumber the groans. --Kristen Bowditch

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as bad as everyone is making out! 6 Sep 2003
By "mdkp"
My son wanted to rent this last weekend, and I was not keen. I'd read the press reviews stating how limp is was, and I looked on the reviews here and thought that the rather mixed response would probably tally with my own view that, Rowan Atkinson, whilst funny on the small screen (with the exception of Thin Blue Line and Mr. Bean, which I find funny but too excruciating after a while) does not translate well to the big screen as a main character.
How wrong I was.
We rented it and, begrudgingly, I watched it. In moments I was thoroughly enjoying it. It is a pure example of classic British Farce, and the jokes, visual and aural, are enough to keep you laughing out loud, a rare event for me!
Certainly, if one is looking for a modern day commentary of government policy, the futility of life in western society, or even subtle comedy that you can smugly chuckle at in the safe knowledge that the plebians around you are too uneducated to understand, go to an arts cinema, but if you wish to be entertained and have your mood lightened by some classic silliness, then buy this movie.
We did. The day after renting it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Impressive Considering 31 Jan 2009
Considering that the premise for this film is based on a series of Barclaycard commercials, combined with the fact that I felt that these James Bond spy-like spoofs had been done to death (in the form of Austin Powers), and also the fact that everyone kept telling me that I wasn't missing anything from Johnny English, meant that when I finally got around to watching the film, I didn't hold out much hope. However all things considered, I was pretty impressed with what I got.

Rowan Atkinson plays the main character of Johnny English, a somewhat incompetent and half-witted clerk and secret agent for MI7. When an event causes the death of every single secret agent apart from Johnny, it's up to him to serve his queen and country by protecting the crown jewels. However despite his best efforts, they are stolen by Pascal Sauvage, a French man who has his eyes and the British throne, and also has a twisted desire into turning the entire United Kingdom in to a giant floating prison.

Needless to say, I was hooked from the moment I started to laugh at the opening sequence. The film is very comical throughout, very silly in places but more importantly it's also genuinely funny. While some of the jokes are old school to say the least, and not exactly original, they are still pretty funny when delivered in the way they are. Add some brilliant scenes, such as the car chase, some action, some romance, and not to forget the scene where Johnny English pretends to fight a made up burglar (with orange hair, and an eye patch among other things) makes for a very funny film.

The plot and script while not exactly Shakespeare were constant and well structured. Even the ending of Johnny English was pretty much picture perfect and entertaining.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny English 12 Nov 2011
By Mike
We wanted to see the 1st Johnny English before seeing Johnny English reborn and we are so pleased we did. It really is very very funny and well worth buying the DVD. Waiting in anticipation to see Johnny English reborn
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fun 3 Nov 2011
If like me you have just been to see the second Johnny English film then this is a must have Dvd, wether you've never seen it or haven't watched it in years, at this price , why wouldn't you buy it ?
I won't go over the plot as Amazon have already done that but it's a fantastically fun film and is suitable for the whole family.I would say that I actually preferred the sequal but this one is still great fun.
It's a bargain, buy it NOW!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Side-spiltting spy spoof 2 Jun 2007
This film is probably the greatest spy spoof since the original Pink panther films. It stars Rowan Atkinson as a hapless secret agent who is sent to find out who stole the crown jewels. He is the only secret agent left after all the others got killed in an explosion.Its seriously funny with some great performances from Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Natalie Imbruglia and John Malkovich. I would recommend this film to anybody exept from people who work closely with MI5!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Agent One! 3 April 2007
This got canned by the critics, but I think this is a great film. It has a surprisingly strong cast. Rowan Atkinson as the dufus Johnny English is spot on, backed up by Ben Miller as Boff, and Natalie Imbruglia in her role as the Interpol agent who assists English in solving the crimes he tackles.

Spoof in terms of the haphazard way English goes about his business, it is a light-hearted and a roll your eyes laugh during the whole film. John Malkovich plays the villain brilliantly.

The scenes worth mentioning are the car chase and the graveyard scene. Rowan Atkinsons physical comedy throughout is excellent, with brilliant support acting.

The Prime Minister looks like Gordon that a premonition??
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top British goof in comedy spy spoof 2 Dec 2011
Picked this up cheaper than my local supermarket who were selling it for a couple of pound more and what a bargain. Ive seen this on tv before so i knew what to expect but having it to watch whenever i want is great, Rowan Atkinson is good at this sort of goofy humour and fans of him won't be dissapointed. Plus if you get the fully loaded version you'll get a traler of the new johnny english film as well as some extras.
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