Mr. Magoo (film)

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Mr. Magoo
Mr magoo.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byStanley Tong
Produced byBen Myron
Written byPat Proft
Tom Sherohman
Based onMr. Magoo 
by Millard Kaufman
John Hubley
StarringLeslie Nielsen
Kelly Lynch
Matt Keeslar
Nick Chinlund
Stephen Tobolowsky
Ernie Hudson
Music byMike Tavera
CinematographyJingle Ma
Editing byMichael R. Miller
Stuart Pappé
David Rawlins
StudioWalt Disney Pictures
UPA Productions
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
(Thru Warner Bros. Pictures)
Release dates
  • December 25, 1997 (1997-12-25)
Running time91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million
Box office$21,437,192
 
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Mr. Magoo
Mr magoo.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byStanley Tong
Produced byBen Myron
Written byPat Proft
Tom Sherohman
Based onMr. Magoo 
by Millard Kaufman
John Hubley
StarringLeslie Nielsen
Kelly Lynch
Matt Keeslar
Nick Chinlund
Stephen Tobolowsky
Ernie Hudson
Music byMike Tavera
CinematographyJingle Ma
Editing byMichael R. Miller
Stuart Pappé
David Rawlins
StudioWalt Disney Pictures
UPA Productions
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
(Thru Warner Bros. Pictures)
Release dates
  • December 25, 1997 (1997-12-25)
Running time91 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$30 million
Box office$21,437,192

Mr. Magoo is a 1997 live-action comedy film based on the original 1960s cartoon of the same name. The film was produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and starred Leslie Nielsen as the title character, along with Kelly Lynch, Matt Keeslar, Nick Chinlund, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Ernie Hudson. It was produced by Ben Myron and was the first English language film made by Hong Kong director, Stanley Tong. The film both received mostly negative reviews and flopped at the box office. After just 2 weeks in theatres, the film was pulled and rushed to home video release instead.

Plot[edit]

Mr. Quincy Magoo (Leslie Nielsen) goes to the museum where a party is playing. While there, Waldo (Matt Keeslar) Mr. Magoo's nephew spies a woman named Stacey Sampanahoditra (Jennifer Garner) whom he gets a crush on. Later that night, Luanne LeSeur (Kelly Lynch) and Bob Morgan (Nick Chinlund) steal the museum's beautiful ruby the "star of kuristan" and are off on a boat trip to Austin Cloquet (Malcolm McDowell) Bob's boss.

Meanwhile Mr. Magoo and his dog Angus go fishing in the same ocean the boat with Luanne and Bob are. Luanne picks a fight with Bob and they accidentally lose the ruby which lands in Mr. Magoo's boat. Bob goes after the ruby but fails by falling into a paddle wheel on a paddle boat.

At the museum, the curator and Stacey send two agents Gustav Anders CIA (Ernie Hudson) and Chuck Stupak FBI (Stephen Tobolowsky) to track down the ruby and spy on Mr. Magoo whom they think stole the ruby. Stacey mentions she was invited to the opera where the Magoos go that night. Anders and Stupak go to the opera and look for Mr. Magoo who is in the show. At the opera Mr. Magoo meets Luanne who pretends to be an FBI agent named Prunella Pagliachi. She wishes Mr. Magoo luck at the opera. Stupak sneaks on the stage and fails to get a clue about Mr. Magoo with Mr. Magoo hitting Stupak with a big tool.

The next morning, Luanne tricks Mr. Magoo into taking her to his house with an injured ankle. Stupak finds a notebook with Luanne's fingerprints on it and realizes who Mr. Magoo is with. He and Anders go to Mr. Magoo's house where Stupak sneaks in looking for the ruby. Mr. Magoo and Luanne arrive at the house and Stupak hides from them. Bob sneaks into Mr. Magoo's house and finds the ruby then steals Mr. Magoo's studebaker with the Magoos and Luanne chasing after him with the eggplant mobile. Bob loses them and brings the ruby to Austin.

Austin plans an auction for his friends around the world and shows them the ruby. Mr. Magoo disguises himself as Ortega Peru (Miguel Ferrer) a thief from Brazil who never goes anywhere and joins the auction. Luanne ruins the auction steals the ruby and escapes on a snow mobile away from the lair. The government arrests Austin and his friends while Mr. Magoo, Waldo and Angus sneak out of the lair and track down the ruby.

Angus sees Luanne and spills her purse which gives Mr. Magoo and Waldo a clue about where Luanne is going. The Magoos follow Luanne to Brazil where Waldo spies on Ortega and his friends. Mr. Magoo steals a bride dress from Ortega's girlfriend Rosita (Monique Rusu) and is lead to the wedding. Mr. Magoo steals the ruby from Ortega and he and Waldo return it to the museum with the government arresting Ortega, Luanne and the people from Brazil.

Mr. Magoo and Angus go home after returning the ruby back to the museum. A series of outtakes are shown during the closing credits.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Mr. Magoo was shot in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, Argentina and Vancouver, Canada.

Reception[edit]

Despite the sizeable cast, and success of Disney's prior cartoon adaptation, George of the Jungle, Mr. Magoo was a flop at the box office, since it grossed only $21.4 million domestically against a $30 million budget, which makes the film a box office bomb. In fact, reaction from blind and near-sighted groups was so negative, Disney was forced to pull the film after just two weeks and rush it to home video.[1]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics with a "Rotten" 4% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes,[2] , lambasting it for its lame slapstick humour (the script being co-written by Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker collaborator Pat Proft) and portrayal of near-sighted people (though, in the end credits, the film makes a statement about how those with vision difficulties can lead normal lives, and the film is not meant to be an accurate depiction).[3][4][5] On Siskel and Ebert, both critics gave the film a thumbs down.[6]

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