The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (film)

2003 superhero film by Stephen Norrington

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a 2003 film based on the comic-book tales of Alan Moore of a rare group of legendary fictional heroes, each one usually a loner, who come together to save the world in 1899.

Directed by Stephen Norrington.
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Allan QuatermainEdit

  • If you can't do it with one bullet, don't do it at all.
  • Automatic rifles. Who in God's name has automatic rifles?
  • Very American. Fire enough bullets and hope to hit the target.
  • [last words to Tom, as he's dying] May this new century be yours, son, as the old one was mine.
  • [About Hyde] That was naughty!
  • [teaching Tom to shoot] Take your time. [Tom shoots and misses] Too soon, but that was bloody close.
  • [after having to put his glasses on before shooting someone] I hate getting old.
  • [Knocks out an enemy by smashing a liquor bottle on him; looks at the broken bottle] Wicked waste.
  • [He impales an enemy on the horn of a bull head on the wall. The Union Jack then drapes over the dead enemy] Rule Britannia.

Tom SawyerEdit

  • [after seeing Mina kill one of M's men] Boy. They told me European women had funny ways.
  • [Allan is teaching him to shoot from the deck of the Nautilus] Did you teach your son to shoot like this? [turns to see Allan has left]
  • We're alive. If M has any ideas to the contrary, that gives us an edge

Dr. Henry JekyllEdit

  • Dr. Jekyll, at your service, sir.
  • [As reflection, to Hyde] Bravo, Edward.
  • [To Hyde, the reflection] What are you talking about?!?
  • No! I will not let Hyde use me again!
  • Now lets not make a saint out of a sinner! Next time he may not be so helpful!
  • [To Nemo, Hyde just tried to strangle him] Your talk is all well and good, sir! But your own past is far from laudable! [leaves]

Edward HydeEdit

  • Home. Home is where the heart is, that's what they say, and I have missed London so. Its sorrow is as sweet to me as a rare wine.
  • We can do it, Henry, together.
  • [To Sawyer, after he claims not to be afraid] YOU STINK OF FEAR!
  • [As Henry's reflection, while listening to M's and Dorian's message]:Turn it off, Henry... turn it off!!

Rodney SkinnerEdit

  • Oh, chemist, eh? Do we get to blow something up, then?
  • [after groping Mina] I've been waitin'all week to do that!
  • [A note from the Nautili] 'Ello, my freaky darlings.
  • This is a charming spot. Does Jack the Ripper live here?
  • I'm feeling a bit of a draft in my nether regions. And I must say, it's quite refreshing.

Mina HarkerEdit

  • Not Gray. He's lived long enough.
  • Save your bullets. These men are MINE!
  • [to Dorian Gray] You broke my heart once. This time you missed.

Dorian GrayEdit

  • I've lived long enough to see the future become history, Professor. Empires crumble. There are no exceptions.
  • I'm an immortal, sir, not a gazelle!
  • Sensors attached to bombs. Bomb voyage.
  • [to Mina after impaling her] I was hoping I'd get to nail you one last time...I didn't think it'd be literally.
  • [Fighting Mina, who is also immortal] We'll be at this all day.
  • [Mina has stabbed him in the groin] If that had been permanent, I would have been very upset!

M/The FantomEdit

  • [to Gray] You think you're better than me. You forget: I've seen your painting.
  • [To Quatermain] Oh, and I'm scarred, Mr. Quatermain, not blind. Drop the gun.


Karl Draper: (in German) What do you want?
The Fantom: The world, Herr Draper. I want the world.
[The Fantom is thrown a rocket launcher by one of his men]
Karl Draper: Are you crazy? This place is full of hydrogen gas!
The Fantom: Really? That's so frightening. [Fires the rocket at a zeppelin]

[After Allan reveals his identity to Reed]
Nigel: Shall I toddle off, then, Allan?
Allan Quatermain: Yes, of course, Nigel, toddle off.
Nigel: Toddling.

Sanderson Reed: [War with] Everyone. A world war.
Allan Quatermain: And this notion makes you sweat?
Sanderson Reen: Heavens, man. Doesn't it you?
Allan Quatermain: This is Africa, dear boy. Sweating is what we do.

Sanderson Reed: Where is your sense of patriotism?
Allan Quatermain: [stands up with his drink] God save the Queen!
[the other patrons of the club mutter an apathetic return to the toast]
Nigel: God save her, Allan, God bless her.
Allan Quatermain: [to Reed] That's about as patriotic as it gets around here.

Nemo: We have trouble.
Hyde: Trouble? I call it sport.

Dr. Henry Jekyll: No. Hyde will never use me again.
Dorian Gray: Then what good are you?

Marksman #2: What are you?
Dorian Gray: I'm complicated.

Allan Quatermain: Ah, you're missing a picture, Mr. Gray.
Dorian Gray: And you don't miss a thing, do you, Mr. Quatermain?
Allan Quatermain: Oh, sometimes.

Mina Harker: Nemo worships death. Are we sure we can trust him?
Allan Quatermain: He's not the one I'm worried about.

Allan Quartermain: Well, we were the faster, but now we're the tortoise to his hare.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: So, we're done?
Tom Sawyer: No, we're alive. If M has any idea to the contrary, that gives us an edge.
Captain Nemo: The sea is vast, he could be anywhere.
Tom Sawyer: Yeah, well, I'm an optimist, now maybe that's a crime to you twisted so-and-so's but it keeps me from going crazy.
Mina Harker: Your optimism's out of place.
Tom Sawyer: You're wrong! Because we'll get out, man... at least, *I* will. That other agent I told you about... was my childhood friend. We were agents together until The Fantom shot him dead. Now you can be done, but I am not. I will avenge his death.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: It's not about any one of us, Tom. It's bigger than that.
Tom Sawyer: Yes, it is, Jekyll! The fate for the world is in our hands... the world! So M tricked you, he brought you all together and you walked straight into his trap. But the way that I see it, that's the part he did wrong... He brought you together.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: He has a point.
Allan Quartermain: And the boy becomes a man... perhaps a leader of men.
Mina Harker: And Women.

Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): And they'll provide an antidote... well, that's if I'm a good boy.
Allan Quatermain: And are you a good boy?
Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): I guess you'll find out, won't you?

Allan Quatermain: I've had women along on past exploits, and found them to be, at best, a distraction.
Mina Harker: Do I distract you?
Allan Quatermain: My dear girl, I've buried two wives and many lovers... and I'm in no mood for more of either.
Rodney Skinner (The Invisible Man): You can send 'em my way.
Allan Quatermain: Skinner, shut up.

Captain Nemo: [Seeing one of M's men who has taken a large amount of Hyde's formula] What is that thing?
Hyde: He's me on a bad day.

Phantom's Soldier: [To Nemo] Draw your pistol.
Captain Nemo: I walk a different path. [draws sword]

Quotes about The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (film)Edit

  • I got offered The Lord of the Rings, and I turned it down because I didn’t understand it. I was offered The Matrix — twice — and I turned it down because I didn’t understand it. I don’t understand this movie, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to turn it down.
  • My first response to the script was that it was a bit far-out. But that never stopped me before. It didn’t stop me from doing Zardoz.
  • I don't really mind the movie's lack of believability. Well, I mind a little; to assume audiences will believe cars racing through Venice is as insulting as giving them a gondola chase down the White House lawn. What I do mind is that the movie plays like a big wind came along and blew away the script and they ran down the street after it and grabbed a few pages and shot those. Since Oscar Wilde contributed Dorian Gray to the movie, it may be appropriate to end with his dying words: "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."
  • Of all the comic book properties eagerly purchased by studios following X-Men, Alan Moore's highly-acclaimed melding of Victorian adventure fiction and super-heroics was undoubtedly the most exciting. Teeming with inspired wit and invention, only a supreme effort could screw it up. "Prepare For The Extraordinary" screamed the presumptuous trailer. You should indeed - albeit, crushingly, an extraordinary display creative cowardice and mishandling. The drive to concoct a period X-Men results in a depressingly clumsy action movie, one which treats the audience's intelligence with infuriating contempt.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a gigantic missed opportunity. What could have been a fun adventure, something akin to The Mummy meets X-Men, is seriously botched by a hideously poor script, that's almost entirely made up of plot holes and implausibilities. This is a movie that actively seems to think that it's audience is stupid. Worse still, the acting is incredibly poor from nearly everyone except Jason Flemyng, who does a decent job as Jekyll and Hyde. Probably the worst part of the film, are the jaw-droppingly bad special effects, that would have been downright appalling in 2003, and a simply dire in 2012. If this is to be Connery's final live-action film, it's a sad way for a legendary actor to go out.


  • Prepare for the Extraordinary
  • The power of seven become a league of one
  • A Rogue. A Scientist. A Spy. A Hunter. A Vampire. A beast. An Immortal.
  • Waiting To Be Impressed? You're About To Be.
  • An Adventure in a League of Its Own
  • This summer, Join the League.


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