All the Queen's Men (2001)

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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.
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PG-13
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Art House & International , Comedy
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Cast

Edward Fox
as Aitken
Matt LeBlanc
as O'Rourke
Udo Kier
as General Landssdorf
James Cosmo
as Archie
Karl Markovics
as Hauptsturmführer
David Birkin
as Johnno
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Critic Reviews for All the Queen's Men

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (13)

Not bad enough to qualify as a memorable dud, multinational production nonetheless misses mark on every level.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009
Variety
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The comedy is nonexistent.

Full Review… | November 1, 2002
Entertainment Weekly
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It all feels like a Monty Python sketch gone horribly wrong.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Seattle Times
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What we have here isn't a disaster, exactly, but a very handsomely produced let-down.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Not only does LeBlanc make one spectacularly ugly-looking broad, but he appears miserable throughout as he swaggers through his scenes.

October 25, 2002
New York Post
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I can imagine this movie as a b&w British comedy, circa 1960, with Peter Sellers, Kenneth Williams, et al., but at this time, with this cast, this movie is hopeless.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for All the Queen's Men

I am really surprised this got so many bad reviews. I found it quite delightful and engaging with excellent performances from Izzard, Krebitz (marry me, please), and Birkin. It is properly light hearted with great character interactions and some nice suspense.

Jacob Gehman
Jacob Gehman
½

A fairly unremarkable affair with an uneven tone that hops between serious and comic too often and takes a fairly predictable route to an ending that suddenly feels like something much better. Its a shame they didn't embrace the silliness, pepped up the flat dialogue and had some real fun with the implausibly crazy situation.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

If you can get past the incredibly bad beginning, it's actually not too shabby. Well, ok, it is...but Eddie and Udo make it bearable.

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