The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 56 mins

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At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.
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Cast: Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki, Henry Cavill, Hugh Grant

Crew: Guy Ritchie (Director), John Mathieson (Director of Photography), Daniel Pemberton (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Dates: 28 Aug 2015 (India), 28 Aug 2015 (Singapore)

Tagline: A higher class of hero

English Name: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Movie Rating
Based on 7 ratings
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Did you know? The movie was shot in the longest soundstage in London. Read More
*SPOILER*  Smart,sassy and fun at the cinemas.

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E", a delicious drama involving suspense, action, thrills and seduction is truly a must watch.This is a period drama with the backdrop of the world war in the 60's and boy-oh-boy, everything from the cars,the props, the costumes and the make up is so good and vintage that it sends u into the flash back mode.There are some clumsily rushed through action scenes in the 2nd half but that does not dampen the entire package.
Director Guy Ritchie keeps the pace uniformly even except for a few moments when the background music seems like its playing a homage to Indian cinema..i mean those violin strains and its long pauses et al.The cast is quite easy on the eyes..with both Henry Cavill (we can forgive you for the awful superman returns reprise) and Armie Hammer(the tough hunk with attitude and grit) locking horns literally and with the crafty wordplay.Both look like Ken dolls waiting to be wooed by the gals.As for the women, Alicia Vikander is all spirit and she reminded me so much of a cocktail Penelope Cruz and Annie Hathway.Elizabeth Debicki is lusciously sexy and wears evil like a cloak with consummate ease.And lets not forget Hugh Grant who may not have much screen time but still has the charm with all his wrinkles and wry smile intact.Some one interested in Notting hill 2!!
Sorry that I am not revealing much about the plot here.This is a movie that needs to be welcomed with lots of smiles/chuckles and a huge tub of popcorn.Fun and sizzle guaranteed in equal proportions.

A classic retro spy film..

as Gaby
as Illya
as Victoria
as Solo
as Waverly
as Lead Policeman
as Italian Guard
as Fishing Captain
as KGB Agent
as Mechanic
as Udo Teller
as Colonel Massid
as Projectionist
as Jones
as Italian Playboy #2
as Night Manager
as Italian Playboy #1
as Countess's Male Guest
as Pit Manager
as Race Guest
as Captain Smith
as Sanders
as Victoria's assistant
as Young Napoleon Solo
as Elite Guard
as Assistant
as Alexander
as Security Guard
as Desk Clerk
as Italian Playboy #3
as Oleg
as Lukas
as Harbourmaster
as Guard (Checkpoint)
as Guard
as Contessa
as Uncle Rudi
as East German Woman


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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Canon EOS-5D Mark II, GoPro HD Hero3, Canon EOS C500, ARRI ALEXA XT
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39 : 1 (Scope), 2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
A higher class of hero
Saving the world never goes out of style
Hugh Grant is the Intelligence
Character Error
When Illya puts the engagement ring on the finger of Gaby, he puts it on the left hand. Russians wear engagement and wedding rings on the right hand.

Solo's case officer says that Waverly is with British Naval Intelligence, but the end credits say he was with the F branch of MI-5.

Crew/Equipment Visible
In the retro torture room the swinging light is an incandescent bulb but with a LED inside the bulb producing the light. The faux incandescent filament can be seen, but it's not used.

Crew/Equipment Visible
About halfway through, when Gaby comes out of the hotel to meet Ilya, the car they're getting into has a camera (35mm) on the roof, facing the sidewalk. It's not part of the action, and neither Gaby nor Ilya notice it.

Factual Mistake
When Illya is being shown all the information on Solo via the projector, one of the newspaper clippings uses the font Myriad Pro. This font was first released to the world by Adobe in 2000, not the 50s or earlier, as suggested.

Factual Mistake
The Land Rover used in the cross country chase scene was from the late 60s (if not later). It had head lamps on the wheel arches and that change only occurred in 1968.

Factual Mistake
The vehicle that was used in east Berlin is Trabant 601s, which has two stroke, air cooled engine and does not sound like the one in the movie, also after the accident should not have smoke from the engine, because is no coolant there.

Factual Mistake
The characters referred several times to the "disks" containing nuclear research. Disks that small were not used for storage in 1963, magnetic tape would have been used. Also, when destroying one at the end of the film what was shown burning was magnetic tape.
Tom Cruise was cast as Napoleon Solo but chose to focus instead on Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), so he dropped out. Henry Cavill, who was at first considered for the other role, was cast.

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".

Napoleon Solo's trick of removing a tablecloth from a table while leaving all the objects undisturbed wasn't a visual effect - Henry Cavill actually did it, having trained in the trick from British variety star Mat Ricardo.

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 Comission for the Observance of the Law).

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 Bourne and other recent spy thrillers.

Warner Bros. had been trying to adapt The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) for over a decade; it was a project that couldn't get the green light.

The arch nemesis of U.N.C.L.E. is T.H.R.U.S.H., the acronym for Technical Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.

When Napoleon is sitting in the truck and going through the radio stations, one station is playing a snippet of the theme music from the original TV series.

Armie Hammer watched The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) before starting production to prepare for his role as Ilya Kuryakin. He was the only member of the cast to do so.

Kuryakin bickers with Solo over how Gaby should be dressed. This refers to The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983), where Kuryakin took up high-fashion designing after leaving UNCLE.

The movie takes place a year or two after the Cuban missile crisis, an origin story that the TV show never explained. Presenting the origin story was one of the reasons Ritchie and Wigram wanted to do the project.

Former England international football star David Beckham has a brief cameo in the film as a projectionist.

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."

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.

Steven Soderbergh was originally going to direct but exited the project over disagreements with the studio over budget and casting concerns.

Some of the costumes in the film are actually vintage clothing.

George Clooney was originally cast as Napoleon Solo but dropped out due to health problems.

Guy Ritchie looked at films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) for inspiration, trying to create a juxtaposition between humor and serious and looking to "cross genres to a degree".

Illya Kuryakin is seen using a modified Walther P38 pistol with extensions and scope. This is an homage to the same Walther P38 used in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964).

The only principal cast member to use their natural accent in the film was Hugh Grant.

Joel Edgerton and Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Illya Kuryakin.

Robert Vaughn and David McCallum played the lead roles in the original TV series.

Lionel Wigram says one of the reasons Italy was a location in the film is because of the world of La Dolce Vita (1960), the world of Federico Fellini, and the world of Michelangelo Antonioni. He said they "thought that was just a very sexy, fun, glamorous time."

Gemma Arterton, Alice Eve, Mia Wasikowska, Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, Teresa Palmer and Sarah Gadon all auditioned for the role of Gaby Teller.

Armie Hammer was considered for the role of Clark Kent/Superman in Man of Steel (2013), 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 (2016), but it went to Cavill's co-star Ben Affleck.

One of the men Illya beats up in the racetrack bathroom is credited as Count Lippe, who is a Spectre agent in the James Bond novel/film Thunderball (1965).

The production used real equipment salvaged from 1963 on some of the sets. This specific set was used during two days of production but was an important sequence in the film. The specific scene wasn't revealed.

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".

Kuryakin wears a bowtie in one scene and Solo says he looks bad with it. David McCallum, who played Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and plays Ducky on NCIS (2003), wears bow ties (and looks good in them).

The TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." was partially developed by Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. Fleming reworked a character from the Bond novel "Goldfinger" into Napoleon Solo.

Hugh Grant shot his scenes over three weeks.

The movie was shot in the longest soundstage in London.

Guy Ritchie's first screenwriting credit since RocknRolla (2008).

This film was released in the same year alongside the OO7 film Spectre (2015) and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), all three of which are spy features that began in the 1960s.

The family name of the hydrogen bomb builder was Teller. Edward Teller, who worked on the Manhattan Project, was called the "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb".

The Rome racetrack was actually filmed at Goodwood race track in England.

Napoleon Solo, played by Henry Cavill (Superman in Man of Steel (2013)), was originally played by Robert Vaughn (the villain Ross Webster in Superman III (1983).

Is based off the show of the same name, which ran for five years (1964-1968).

Guy Ritchie's first film since Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).

In the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), 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.

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer have both had Jesse Eisenberg as an nemesis in a motion picture; Hammer played both Winklevoss twins opposite Eisenberg's portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010) and Cavill plays Superman opposite Eisenberg's portrayal of supervillain Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

This is Guy Ritchie's first film shot entirely on digital cameras.

60% of the film was shot on location. Also, 60% of the film took place on interior sets, while 40% on exterior.

Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) gives Solo (Henry Cavill) the nickname of Cowboy; Hammer had previously starred as the cowboy hero The Lone Ranger (2013). In similar irony, Solo gives Kuryakin the nickname of Red Peril (or Peril for short); Cavill had previously starred as the all-American hero Superman in Man of Steel (2013).

Henry Cavill is the second actor to be cast in a lead role by Guy Ritchie immediately following a breakout role in a Zack Snyder film (Man of Steel (2013)). The first actor was Gerard Butler, who starred in Snyder's film 300 (2006) and later Ritchies's film RocknRolla (2008)

The code name used by the studio for covertly shipping copies of the film to theaters was "Waterloo".

The main antagonists' last name is Vinciguerra. This is a portmanteau of the Italian phrase "vinci guerra" ("win war").

Michael Fassbender auditioned for the role of Napoleon Solo. Should he have gotten the role, he would have played opposite his girlfriend Alicia Vikander, who plays Gaby Teller in this film.

Despite the careful costuming, including vintage clothing, Gaby can be seen wearing a pair of 2015 Russell & Bromley sandals at one point.

The ship the missile is hidden on is called the Diadema. This is a type of sea urchin.
Filming Start Date:
01 Sep 2013