The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a superhero film adaptation loosely based on characters from the comic book limited series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, who is also famous for Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. It was released on July 11, 2003, in the United States, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Stephen Norrington and starred Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh.
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In an alternate version of 1899, the Bank of England in London is attacked by a group of men who appear to be German soldiers using advanced explosives, automatic weapons, and an armored tank. Next is an attack on a Zeppelin factory in Berlin, by the same men, this time dressed as British soldiers. The British and German Empires are ready to declare war, which many believe will spread throughout Europe. An emissary of the British government, Sanderson Reed (Tom Goodman-Hill), arrives in a gentlemen's club in British East Africa, to recruit the legendary, but now aged and world-weary, hunter and adventurer Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery) to investigate.
Because his adventures had cost the lives of many friends and lovers, two wives, and his beloved only child (a son, who died in his arms), Quatermain's enthusiasm for the British Empire and European wars has waned and he refuses. The words are hardly out of his mouth when men with automatic rifles burst into the club with attempts to assassinate Quatermain. The automatic rifles cause astonishment, as nobody known yet had invented a machinegun which was as small and light as a rifle. Soon the club is blown up, bringing the threat of war to his beloved Africa, and he agrees.
In London, Quatermain meets with the mysterious "M" (Richard Roxburgh), who explains his plan to assemble a modern version of a group of talented individuals known as the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", who have aided the world in times of need. In this case, they will combat the threat of the "Fantom", the true mastermind of the current crisis. M says they can ensure world peace, by stopping him from destroying Venice, where a peace conference is to take place. Quatermain is introduced to:
The Indian pirate and technology genius Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), who commands the world's only submarine, the Nautilus, with Ishmael, the narrator in Moby Dick, as his first mate.
An invisible thief by the name of Rodney Skinner (Tony Curran), who works for the government in the hope of finding an antidote for the invisibility serum he stole and drank.
Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), a well-regarded chemist and widow of Jonathan Harker, later revealed to have some vampire-type abilities (but without a vampire's aversion to daylight) with connections to Count Dracula; she can summon up a swarm of bats.
When the group visits the mysterious immortal Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), the Fantom and his men attack. They fend off his forces with the help of
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