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Spiceworld: The Movie

Movie Poster
Directed by Bob Spiers
Produced by Uri Fruchtmann,
Mark L. Rosen,
Barnaby Thompson
Written by Kim Fuller
Jamie Curtis
Starring Victoria Beckham
Melanie Brown
Emma Bunton
Melanie Chisholm
Geri Halliwell
Music by The Spice Girls
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (now Universal Studios)
Buena Vista International
Release date(s) 26 December 1997
23 January 1998
Running time 90 min.
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $25,000,000 (approximately)
IMDb profile

Spiceworld is the debut feature film of the four-time BRIT Award-winning English pop girl group Spice Girls directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. It details the events leading up to their upcoming major concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, liberally interspersed with dream sequences and flashbacks as well as non sequiturs such as surreal moments and humorous asides. Released in the UK on Boxing Day, 1997 and North America on 23 January 1998, the lighthearted comedy was made in a similar vein to The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and featured a multitude of cameos and guest stars including Roger Moore, Elton John, Jennifer Saunders, Richard E. Grant, Michael Barrymore, Hugh Laurie and Meat Loaf. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Bob Spiers is a British television director, who is best known for his work on various sitcoms and other comedy programmes. ... 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Contents

Plot

As the movie opens, the Spice Girls are enjoying their fame, but becoming dissatisfied with the burdens of it. The sinister owner of a newspaper, Kevin McMaxford (Barry Humphries (also known as Dame Edna Everage)) is trying to ruin their reputation in order to cash in on the headlines, and even dispatches a photographer (Richard O'Brien) to take pictures and tape recordings of the girls. Less threatening but more annoying is a film director (Alan Cumming) who with his crew stalks the band, hoping to use them as documentary subjects; at the same time, the girls' manager, Clifford, (Richard E. Grant) is fending off two over-eager Hollywood writers (George Wendt and Mark McKinney) who relentlessly pitch absurd plot ideas for a Spice Girls feature film. Elton John also passes by a crowd of people. John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934 in Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian, satirist and character actor best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife, and Sir Les Patterson, Australias foul-mouthed cultural attaché to Britain. ... Dame Edna Everage featuring on a billboard at the Myer department store in Melbourne. ... Richard OBrien (born Richard Timothy Smith on March 25, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is an English writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. ... Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... Richard E. Grant depicted as the unofficial Ninth Doctor. ... George Robert Wendt (born October 17, 1948) is an American actor best known for the role of Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. ... Mark Douglas Brown McKinney (born June 26, 1959) is a Canadian comedian and actor, best known for his work in the long-running sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall. ...


Amid this, the band must prepare for an Albert Hall concert, their biggest performance yet. At the heart of it, the constant practices, traveling, publicity appearances, and other burdens of celebrity affect them on a personal level, preventing them from spending much time with their best friend outside the band, Nicola (Naoko Mori), who is due to give birth soon. Throughout their busy schedule, the girls keep asking Clifford for time off to spend with Nicola and to relax, but he refuses--mainly because his own boss, the cryptic and eccentric "Chief" (Roger Moore), won't allow it. The stress and overwork compound, culminating in a huge argument with Clifford and among the bandmates; the girls storm out, refusing to play Albert Hall. “Albert Hall” redirects here. ... Naoko Mori )[1] (born 1975)[2] is a British Japanese actress. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ...


Separately, the bandmates think back on their humble beginnings, their struggle to the top, and their strengthened friendship. They reunite by chance outside the now-closed pub where they practiced in the early days, reconcile, then decide to take Nicola out dancing. However, she goes into labor at the nightclub and is rushed to the hospital in the tour bus (while the girls attempt to coach her with conflicting advice). The band stay at the hospital to provide Nicola with support, refusing to perform until after she has given birth.


The next morning, the day of their Albert Hall gig, Nicola finally gives birth to a girl. As they are leaving the hospital, the girls bump into a doctor, but when Emma notices he has a camera, the girls realize the doctor is the photographer whose been stalking them in disguise. The photographer runs off with the girls in hot pursuit, only to hit his head on the wall after colliding with an empty stretcher, and when he sees the girls standing over him, he tells them that they've made him see the error of his ways, and he goes after the owner of the newspaper, who is subsequently fired in a "Jacuzzi Scandal".


After noticing their bus driver (Meat Loaf) missing (who we found out later that he's sleeping on the grass), Victoria decides to drive herself. So, it becomes a race against time as she drives like a maniac, screaming, "Get out of the way! Get out of the way!" to innocent bystanders. Along the way to the Albert Hall, the bus drives by Buckingham Palace, the the girls wave to the Royal Family. Victoria puts her foot down on the gas pedal when Tower Bridge starts to go up to let a boat through. They land safely on the other side, but when Emma opens a trapdoor in the floor, she discovers a bomb, and the girls scream before Emma slams the trapdoor shut again. This article is about the singer. ... Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial. ... Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour ceremony The British Royal Family is shared between the Commonwealth Realms; this article focuses on the perspective of United Kingdom. ... For the bridge of the same name in California, see Tower Bridge (California). ...


The girls finally arrive at the Albert Hall, and run up the steps to the Rocky theme, but they have one more obstacle to overcome; a policeman who wants to charge them with "dangerous driving, criminal damage, flying a bus without a license, and frightening the pigeons". Emma is pushed forward, and she explains to the officer they were in a hurry. Emma smiles at him, and he lets them off. The Rocky Steps are the front steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. ... Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little & Nelson Pigford. ...


The girls finish the movie with a performance of "Spice Up Your Life". Footage airs during the closing credits of the films various stars talking about the film, and even talking to the girls. Mel C then looks towards the camera, and tells the other girls someone is watching them. The girls talk into the camera, and discuss various things. Victoria even says to a certain woman in the audience, "I like your dress". When Mel C suddenly asks what happened to the bomb on the bus, her question is answered by a loud explosion. Spice Up Your Life is a pop–samba song by the Spice Girls. ...


Cast

The Spice Girls

Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 17 April 1974) is an English singer, songwriter, fashion designer and television personality. ... Melanie Janine Brown (born May 29, 1975 in Leeds) (aka Mel B) is an English pop singer and songwriter turned actress and television personality best known as one of the members of the girl band the Spice Girls, one of the most successful female groups of all time. ... Emma Lee Bunton (born 21 January 1976) is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. ... Melanie Jayne Chisholm (born 12 January 1974 in Whiston, Merseyside) is an English singer, songwriter and television personality most famous as one of the five members of English girl group the Spice Girls, where she is known as Sporty Spice. She is also known as Melanie C or Mel C... Geraldine Estelle Geri Halliwell (born 6 August 1972) is an English pop singer and songwriter, television personality, writer, and actress, and became famous (under the nickname of Ginger Spice) in the late 1990s as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls. ...

Recurring

Richard E. Grant depicted as the unofficial Ninth Doctor. ... Richard OBrien (born Richard Timothy Smith on March 25, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England) is an English writer, actor, television presenter and theatre performer. ... Claire Rushbrook (born 1970 in Hertfordshire) is a British actress. ... Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish actor best known for his film roles of Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United and on the stage with his Tony Award-winning performance as the Emcee in the highly successful revival of Cabaret. ... Naoko Mori )[1] (born 1975)[2] is a British Japanese actress. ... Michael Ciaran Parker (born May 4, 1952 in Bermondsey, London), is an English comedian better known by his stage name Michael Barrymore. ... Julian Miles Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London) is an English virtuoso pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934 in Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian, satirist and character actor best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife, and Sir Les Patterson, Australias foul-mouthed cultural attaché to Britain. ... James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, comedian and writer known as Hugh Laurie. ... Kevin Allen (born September 15, 1962) is an actor, director and film producer. ...

Cameos

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jennifer Jane Saunders (born 12 July 1958) is a BAFTA Award-winning English comedienne, actress, and comedy writer. ... Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, writer, actor, novelist, filmmaker and television personality. ... Richard Briers, CBE (born on January 14, 1934) is a popular English actor whose career encompasses the theatre, television, film and radio. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... This article is about the singer. ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof, (or Zenon, sources differ)KBE[1], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [2], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Robert William Bob Hoskins Jr. ...

Reception

Critical and audience

The movie took in US $75 million dollars at the box office worldwide, including $29,247,405 in America.[1] Despite being a moderate commercial success, the film was widely panned by critics. For this the Spice Girls won the award for 'Worst Actress' at the 1998 Golden Raspberries. Later, on Rotten Tomatoes, the overall score was 25%. The Golden Raspberries or Razzies were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to complement the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Box office

United Kingdom

  • Premiere: 15 December 1997
  • Release date: 26 December 1997
  • Total UK box office takings: £10,932,698[citation needed]
Date Accumulative Box Office Taking
4 January 1998 £6,709,936
11 January 1998 £8,532,981
18 January 1998 £9,547,494
25 January 1998 £10,146,076
1 February 1998 £10,590,300
8 February 1998 £10,829,808
15 February 1998 £10,932,698

United States

  • Release date: 23 January 1998
  • Total USA box office takings: $29,247,405[1]
Date Accumulative Box Office Taking
25 January 1998
Opening weekend
$10,527,222
1 February 1998 $19,002,697
8 February 1998 $23,723,487
15 February 1998 $26,651,987
22 February 1998 $28,003,182
1 March 1998 $28,503,029
8 March 1998 $28,731,800
15 March 1998 $28,874,841
22 March 1998 $28,977,312
29 March 1998 $29,026,738
12 April 1998 $29,165,928
19 April 1998 $29,247,405

Global

Release dates:

  • UK: 26 December 1997
  • Germany: 1 January 1998
  • Australia: 8 January 1998
  • Canada: 23 January 1998
  • USA: 23 January 1998
  • France: 28 January 1998
  • Total estimated global box office takings: US$75,000,000[citation needed]

Notable achievements

  • Set the record for the highest ever weekend debut for Super Bowl Weekend (January 25, 1998) with box office sales of $10,527,222. This record was broken by the 2004 film The Butterfly Effect.[citation needed]

The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ...

Trivia

  • Among the many in-jokes is Dennis saying, when asked to fix the toilets, that he'd do anything for the girls, "but I won't do that!" - a reference to Meat Loaf's single, "I'd Do Anything for Love (but I Won't Do That)".
  • Frank Bruno was originally cast as the tour bus driver but left the film after a personal disagreement with the Spice Girls and was replaced by Meat Loaf.
  • Gary Glitter filmed a four-minute cameo appearance as himself but shortly before the film was to be released he was arrested on child porn offences . The Spice Girls and the production team agreed that his cameo should be deleted from the final print.
  • Two real world deaths after filming prompted edits to the movie. Mentions of both Princess Diana and the designer Gianni Versace were made in the film because they were both alive when the film was made but both died before its release.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about the singer. ... Audio sample: Chorus ( file info) — The final chorus, from a live performance in February 2004 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. ... Franklin Ray Bruno (born November 16, 1961) is an English former boxer whose career highlight was winning the WBC world heavyweight championship in 1995. ... The Spice Girls are a four-time BRIT Award-winning English all-female pop group, which formed in London in 1994. ... This article is about the singer. ... Paul Francis Gadd aka Gary Glitter (born May 8, 1944) is an English rock and pop singer and songwriter who had a string of chart successes with a collection of 1970s glam rock hits including Rock and Roll parts 1 & 2, I Love You Love Me Love, Im the... The Spice Girls are a four-time BRIT Award-winning English all-female pop group, which formed in London in 1994. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... Gianni Versace (December 2, 1946 – July 15, 1997) was an accomplished Italian designer of both clothing and theater costumes. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Spice World (1998) Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 14, 2006

Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ...

External links

  • Spice World at the Internet Movie Database
  • Review from the New York Times
  • Review from the San Francisco Chronicle

 
 

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