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All the Queen's Men (2001)

Cast: Matt LeBlanc, Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Izzard, more...
Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky, Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre: Costume Drama/Period Piece, War
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
A few good men are sent on a secret mission as a few good women in this comic tale of wartime espionage, loosely based upon a true story. Steven O'Rourke (Matt LeBlanc) is an American intelligence agent who, during World War II, has been assigned to obtain an Enigma machine, a special encoding-and-decoding device that Axis forces have developed to transmit their most sensitive secret information. A working Enigma machine would be invaluable to the Allied cause; O'Rourke is able to obtain a machine, but Col. Aiken (Edward Fox), a British officer whose stiff upper lip sometimes overwhelms his common sense, mistakes O'Rourke for a plunderer and destroys the previous gadget, which is hidden in a typewriter. An altercation with Aiken lands O'Rourke in military prison, but he's released in time to carry out a new plan to obtain an Enigma for Allied use. A small factory has been set up in rural Germany to build the machines, which is entirely staffed by women, so O'Rourke, communications expert Johnno (David Birkin), and veteran intelligence man Archie (James Cosmo) are to infiltrate the plant disguised as women, with Tony (Eddie Izzard), an agent who moonlights as a drag performer, giving the men a crash course in looking and acting like women. All the Queen's Men also features Nicolette Krebitz as Romy, a double agent working at the Enigma plant, and Udo Kier as Lansdorf, a Nazi general. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Poofters on Parade (and badly, at that) by talltale February 25, 2006 - 4:51 PM PST
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
In the first seconds of ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN, you'll see and hear an introductory narration that seems both unnecessary and (though it's obviously trying) unfunny. Things don't get much better for the next 100 minutes of this WWII, Yanks-and-Brits-behind-enemy-lines movie. Britain has a long, stellar and humorous history of drag performing, so why the producers and director came up with this particular cast--led by a way-out-of-his-element Matt Le Blanc--is the undiscussed elephant in this particular room.

Eddie Izzard manages the best of the lot, but even he is constrained by a script that is obvious and fails in humor, excitement and basic plot elements. The last half (if you get that far) does begin to improve but quickly sinks back again, as though all involved decided to play it safe, obvious and--let's just say it: stupid. There are a couple of surprises along the way--one not much, the other genuine--and the budget appears to have been big, so the look of the film is pretty snazzy. But looks aren't everything. Little wonder this one sank without a trace.

Not What I Expected by heathercottingham June 8, 2004 - 3:15 PM PDT
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6 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I have to admit, based on everything that I had heard (nothing) and read (the Greencine synopsis)about this movie I was half expecting something low budget and campy. Instead I got funny and well done with a great scenery bonus! There were plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing, an unexpected happy ending and hilarious one liners.




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What a Drag!
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Movies with a significant amount of drag. This list mostly concerns drag as performance, comedy or shock value, not transvestism and transexuals.
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