Austin Powers in Goldmember

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Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers in Goldmember.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jay Roach
Produced by Jan Blenkin
John S. Lyons
Eric McLeod
Demi Moore
Mike Myers
Written by Mike Myers
Michael McCullers
Based on Characters 
by Mike Myers
Starring Mike Myers
Beyoncé Knowles
Seth Green
Michael York
Robert Wagner
Mindy Sterling
Verne Troyer
Michael Caine
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Peter Deming
Edited by Greg Hayden
Jon Poll
Production
company
Gratitude International
Moving Pictures[disambiguation needed]
Team Todd
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release dates
  • July 26, 2002 (2002-07-26)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $63 million
Box office $296,655,431

Austin Powers in Goldmember is a 2002 American spy comedy film. It is the third installment of the Austin Powers film series starring Mike Myers in the title role. The movie 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 Knowles in her theatrical film debut (though she had previously appeared in the made-for-TV film Carmen: A Hip Hopera), 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.

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. The film grossed $296.6 million at the box office internationally.

Plot[edit]

In 2002, in a new lair behind the famous Hollywood sign, Dr. Evil outlines his newest plan to his minions: he will go 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, not to be confused with the well known product of the same name - Preparations A through G had failed earlier. He intends to use the tractor beam to pull a meteor into the Earth to strike the polar ice caps and cause global flooding. However, moments after revealing this plan Austin Powers and the British Secret Service attack and arrest Dr. Evil. Austin is knighted for his services, but is disappointed when his father, the famous super-spy Nigel Powers, fails to attend the event. At a party to celebrate his knighthood he sings a song with the band Ming Tea; later he meets two Japanese twins named Fook Mi and Fook Yu and is about to have a threesome with them when Basil Exposition informs Austin that his father has been kidnapped, the only clue being that the crew of his yacht have had their genitalia painted gold.

In search of answers, Austin visits the imprisoned Dr. Evil, who tells him that Goldmember is behind the abduction. Traveling to 1975, Austin infiltrates Goldmember's roller disco club Studio 69 and meets up with Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles), an old flame and FBI agent who is undercover as a disco singer. With Foxxy's help, Austin locates his father but is unable to rescue him. Goldmember takes Nigel with him through Dr. Evil's time machine into 2002, and leaves his golden clad henchwomen to kill Austin. Foxxy helps Austin escape, and asks to accompany him to the future in an effort to save his father and exact revenge upon Goldmember for murdering her partner. In 2002, Dr. Evil and Mini-Me instigate a riot in their prison, allowing them to escape. A British Intelligence mole named Number 3 (Fred Savage), who coincidentally has a large mole on his face, informs Austin that the doctor has moved to a new lair near Tokyo – a giant submarine shaped like Dr. Evil. Austin and Foxxy fly to Tokyo and confront one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, Fat Bastard, now a sumo wrestler. After a humorous fight between Austin and Fat Bastard, Foxxy arrests Fat Bastard who tells them 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 sub. 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, 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 infiltrate the sub, 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 bump 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 the singer Michael Jackson.

Cast[edit]

Cameos[edit]

Production[edit]

Title concerns[edit]

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]

Characters[edit]

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 movie 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 Fred Savage. Clint Howard plays a radar operator in all three movies. 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 movies play different characters in Goldmember. Rob Lowe who played the friend of a dead guard in Austin Powers: 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.

Goldmember[edit]

Johan van der Smut, better known as Goldmember, is a fictional villain played by Mike Myers (John Travolta played 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]

Reception[edit]

Critical reaction[edit]

Austin Powers in Goldmember received mixed reviews from critics, earning a score of 54% on Rotten Tomatoes.[6]

The film took in £5,585,978 in the United Kingdom on its opening weekend. In the United States, it broke the opening weekend record for a spoof movie, surpassing the previous Austin Powers film. 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.

Mike 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, having previously won twice for the first two films. 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.

Awards[edit]

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 Breakout Star – Female Beyoncé Knowles Nominated

Soundtrack[edit]

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released July 16, 2002
Genre Disco, funk, pop, rock
Length 62:30
Label Maverick, Warner Bros.
Austin Powers series chronology
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
(1999)
Austin Powers in Goldmember
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]

The song "Hey Goldmember" interpolates and is a parody of four '70s 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.

  1. "Stay" - The Rolling Stones
  2. "Work It Out" – Beyoncé
  3. "Miss You" (Dr. Dre Remix 2002)The Rolling Stones
  4. "Boys" (Co-Ed Remix)Britney Spears (feat. Pharrell of N*E*R*D)
  5. "Helluva Life" - Smash Mouth and They Might Be Giants
  6. "Groove Me" – Angie Stone
  7. "What Do You Want" - Devin
  8. "Shining Star" – Earth, Wind & Fire
  9. "Hey Goldmember" – Beyoncé (feat. Devin and Solange)
  10. "Ain't No Mystery" – Smash Mouth
  11. "Evil Woman" – Soul Hooligan (feat. Diana King)
  12. "1975" – Paul Oakenfold (which samples "A Fifth of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy)
  13. "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" (Dr. Evil Remix)Dr. Evil
  14. "Daddy Wasn't There" – Ming Tea (feat. Austin Powers)
  15. "Goodnight Kiss" - Earth, Wind & Fire
  16. "Bad Boys" - Inner Circle
  17. "Alfie (What's It All About, Austin?)" – Susanna Hoffs
  18. "Soul Bossa Nova" – Quincy Jones
  19. "Beyond the Sea" - Bobby Darin

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r598486

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