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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. [2015] (1 disc)

Director:Guy Ritchie
Writer:Guy Ritchie
Lionel Wigram
Composer:Daniel Pemberton
Length:116 minutes
(1 hour 56 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:67%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

Reaction: Fun and stylish. Definitely has a feel of an older era. Also lots of Guy Ritchie style. Great movie.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Guy Ritchie => Director / Writer
Lionel Wigram => Writer
Daniel Pemberton => Composer
Adolf Hitler => Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Alicia Vikander => Gaby
Armie Hammer => Illya Kuryakin
Christian Berkel => Dr. Udo Teller
David Beckham => Projectionist
David Menkin => Jones
Elizabeth Debicki => Victoria Vinciguerra
Gabriel Lo Giudice => Count Lippi (as Gabriel Farnese)
Guy Williams [I] => Captain Smith
Henry Cavill => Napoleon Solo
Hugh Grant => Alexander Waverly
Jared Harris => Adrian Sanders
John F. Kennedy => Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)
Luca Calvani => Alexander Vinciguerra
Misha Kuznetsov => Oleg
Simona Caparrini => Contessa
Sylvester Groth => Uncle Rudi
Winston Churchill => Himself (uncredited) (archive footage)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Napoleon Solo, played by Henry Cavill (Superman in Man of Steel), was originally played by Robert Vaughn (the villain Ross Webster in Superman III).
  • Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have both had Jesse Eisenberg as a nemesis in a motion picture; Hammer played both Winklevoss twins opposite Eisenberg's portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and Cavill plays Superman opposite Eisenberg's portrayal of supervillain Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Napoleon Solo's trick of removing a tablecloth from a table while leaving all the objects undisturbed was not a visual effect. Henry Cavill actually performed it himself, having trained in the trick from British variety star [?] Mat Ricardo.
  • Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer often did their own stunts in the film. Hammer was more enthusiastic about his stunts; his stunt double joked that he "hardly has a chance to do anything because he's out there doing it all by himself."
  • Tom Cruise was cast as Napoleon Solo but chose to focus instead on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, so he dropped out. Henry Cavill, who was at first considered for the other role, was cast. Henry Cavill is now starring in the new [Mission Impossible] movie alongside Tom Cruise.
  • Henry Cavill admitted that he was very relieved to not have a shirtless scene in this movie after a string of movies where he had to be in top shape. Cavill said that he was glad to focus on his performance for once and not his physique, which he said took an enormous amount of work to present on screen.
  • One of the reasons the film stayed in the 60s time period was to allow them "to have our own world, our own reality, our own tone, which sets us apart" from films like the [Bourne] franchise and other recent spy thrillers.
  • The TV series [The Man From U.N.C.L.E.] was partially developed by Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond; Napoleon Solo had started out as a character in Fleming's novel Goldfinger. In homage, Alexander Waverly, in this film, is a Commander in the British Naval Intelligence, the same rank that James Bond holds.
  • Armie Hammer watched [The Man From U.N.C.L.E.] before starting production to prepare for his role as Ilya Kuryakin. He was the only member of the cast to do so.
  • The only principal cast members to use their natural accents in the film were English actor Hugh Grant and German actor Sylvester Groth.
  • Guy Ritchie looked at films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for inspiration, trying to create a juxtaposition between humor and serious and looking to "cross genres to a degree."
  • Armie Hammer confessed to being awed by co-star Henry Cavill on first meeting him. Hammer re-called, "I was overwhelmed by his good looks, his chiseled body, his muscles, pretty much everything. There was the whole package there."
  • Dialogue changed during the shooting of the film and improvisation was involved. When it came to the dialogue, Henry Cavill said, "Some days they stay exactly as they are, and other days they change completely, and that's quite refreshing." Actress Alicia Vikander said of this movie: "It's a great feeling knowing that, together, you've gone beyond what was originally on the page. You get to know your character better because you're not only thinking about what they say, but about what they might say." Actor Henry Cavill, for whom working with director Guy Ritchie was the number one reason he signed onto the project, concurred: "His movies are fantastic and his filmmaking style is unique. There's no over-rehearsing, so you can get in there and do it, and it feels very fresh and new when you shoot." Actor Armie Hammer added: "It really keeps you sharp. You have to do your homework and show up ready for anything because things can change," who likewise jumped at the chance to work with the acclaimed director. "I think he intentionally keeps the atmosphere light because you get the best work when everyone is free and everything is flowing. It's an open, inviting, creative space and that's what Guy tries to cultivate on the set."
  • Joel Edgerton and Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Illya Kuryakin.
  • George Clooney was originally cast as Napoleon Solo but dropped out due to health problems.
  • Some of the costumes in the film are actually vintage clothing.
  • U.N.C.L.E. is an acronym for "United Network Command for Law and Enforcement." In Latin-American countries, it was changed to C.I.P.O.L., standing this time for "Comisión Internacional Para la Observancia de la Ley" (International Commission for the Observance of the Law).
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Kinnaman, Russell Crowe, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds and Jon Hamm were all considered to play Napoleon Solo.
  • Variety reported that Emily Blunt was considered for the role of Gaby Teller when Steven Soderbergh was set to direct.
  • Steven Soderbergh was originally going to direct but exited the project over disagreements with the studio over budget and casting concerns.
  • David Beckham makes an cameo appearance in the movie as the projectionist at the beginning of the movie, when Illya is being briefed about Solo.
  • In the television series [The Man From U.N.C.L.E.], American agent Napoleon Solo is played by American actor Robert Vaughn, and Russian agent Illya Kuryakin is played by UK actor David McCallum (from Scotland). In the movie, it is the reverse: Solo is played by UK actor Henry Cavill (from England) and Kuryakin is played by American actor Armie Hammer.
  • When Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct, Channing Tatum was considered for the role of Napoleon Solo.
  • Gemma Arterton, Alice Eve, Mia Wasikowska, Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, Teresa Palmer and Sarah Gadon all auditioned for the role of Gaby Teller which in the end was cast with actress Alicia Vikander.
  • Armie Hammer was considered for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel, but that role went to Henry Cavill. He was later considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it went to Cavill's co-star Ben Affleck.
  • This film was released in the same year alongside the 007 film Spectre and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, all three of which are spy features that began in the 1960s.