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'''Inspector Gadget''' is a 1999 live-action action-comedy film loosely based on the 1983 animated cartoon series of the same name. It starred [[Matthew Broderick]] as the title character, along with [[Rupert Everett]] as Dr. Claw, [[Michelle Trachtenberg]] as Penny, and [[Dabney Coleman]] as Chief Quimby. Two new characters were introduced, Brenda Bradford (played by Joely Fisher) and the Gadgetmobile (voiced by D. L. Hughley). The film tells the story of how Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw came to be in the cartoon.
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| name = Inspector Gadget
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| image = Inspector_gadget_ver2.jpg
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| alt =
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| caption = Theatrical release poster
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| director = [[David Kellogg]]
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| producer = [[Roger Birnbaum]]<br>[[Andy Heyward]]<br>[[Jordan Kerner]]<br>[[Aaron Meyerson]]
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| screenplay = [[Kerry Ehrin]]<br>[[Zak Penn]]
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| story = Kerry Ehrin<br>[[Dana Olsen]]
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| starring = [[Matthew Broderick]]<br>[[Rupert Everett]]<br>[[Joely Fisher]]<br>[[Michelle Trachtenberg]]<br>[[Dabney Coleman]]<br>[[D. L. Hughley]]
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| music = [[John Debney]]
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| cinematography = [[Adam Greenberg]]
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| editing = Alan Cody<br>[[Thom Noble]]<br>'''Uncredited:'''<br>[[Gerald B. Greenberg]]
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| production companies = [[Walt Disney Pictures]]<br>[[Caravan Pictures]]<br>[[DIC Entertainment]]<br>[[Avnet–Kerner Productions]]
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| distributor = [[Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|Buena Vista Pictures]]
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| released = {{Film date|1999|07|23}}
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| runtime = 78 minutes
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| country = United States
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| language = English
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| budget = $90 million
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| gross = $134.4 million
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}}
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'''''Inspector Gadget''''' is a 1999 action-comedy film loosely based on the 1983 animated cartoon series of the same name. It starred [[Matthew Broderick]] as the title character, along with [[Rupert Everett]] as Dr. Claw, [[Michelle Trachtenberg]] as Penny, and [[Dabney Coleman]] as Chief Quimby. Three new characters were introduced, Dr. Brenda Bradford (played by [[Joely Fisher]]), Mayor Wilson (played by [[Cheri Oteri]]) and the Gadgetmobile (voiced by [[D. L. Hughley]]). The film tells the story of how Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw came to be in the cartoon.
   
The film was produced by [[Caravan Pictures]] and DIC Entertainment and distributed by [[Walt Disney Pictures]]. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, California, with the ice castle-like main tower of Pittsburgh's PPG Place playing a central role. This was the last film produced by Caravan Pictures before it absorbed into Spyglass Entertainment. Its also the third film ever to have Matthew Brodrick and Andy Dick
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The film was produced by [[Caravan Pictures]] and [[DIC Entertainment]] (which was owned by [[The Walt Disney Company]] at the time of production) and distributed by [[Walt Disney Pictures]]. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, California, with the ice castle-like main tower of Pittsburgh's PPG Place playing a central role. This was the last film produced by [[Caravan Pictures]] before it absorbed into [[Spyglass Entertainment]]. The film was followed by the 2003 [[direct-to-video]] stand-alone sequel ''[[Inspector Gadget 2]]''.
 
The film was followed by the 2003 direct-to-video sequel [[Inspector Gadget 2]].
 
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
John Brown (Matthew Broderick) works as a security guard at the laboratory run by robotics scientist Brenda Bradford (Joely Fisher) and her father Artemus in Riverton, Ohio. John wishes to join the Riverton Police Department, with support from his niece Penny. Brenda and Artemus create a lifelike robotic foot which they can control through thought as a prototype for the Gadget Program. However, tycoon Sanford Scolex (Rupert Everett) attacks the lab, kills Artemus and steals the foot in his plan to replicate the technology, create an army of machines and eventually conquer the world. John chases Scolex but his Chevrolet Chevette is turned upside down due to some oil slick from the tycoon's limo, SCOLEX 1. This also causes a Yahoo! billboard to fall on top of SCOLEX 1. Scolex mockingly throws a "victory cigar" (dynamite in disguise) right beside John's car, causing it to blow up, and leaving Brown barely alive with extensive tissue damage. However, the explosion causes a bowling ball from the car to fly up in the air and crush Scolex's left hand. Brenda decides to turn John into a completely cybernetic man using a computer chip which powers John’s in-built gadgetry.
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John Brown is a humble, but clumsy security guard working at the Bradford robotics laboratory in Riverton, Ohio, run by Artemus Bradford and his daughter Brenda, whom Brown has a crush on. Brown wishes to become a police officer, with support from his niece Penny. Brenda and Artemus create a lifelike robotic foot as part of the Gadget Program, to create cybernetically augmented police officers. Tycoon Sanford Scolex attacks the lab, steals the foot, and has Artemus murdered before escaping in his limo. Brown goes chasing him down in his car, which leads to its being destroyed by Scolex's explosive cigar leaving brown for dead, but a bowling ball coming from the fiery blast of Brown’s destroyed car smashingly crushes Scolex's hand, forcing him to replace it with a mechanical claw.
   
Meanwhile, Scolex's paranoid assistant Kramer builds a robotic claw to replace his boss' hand. He tries to move a robot with the stolen equipment, but this fails. When chief henchman Sykes calls it a lemon, Scolex has him try it on as well, but this fails as well (frying Sykes) and Scolex concludes that he needs Brenda's help.
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Brown survives the explosion and becomes the first test subject for the Gadget Program, as a cyborg with countless gadgets he can activate by saying "Go, Go, Gadget". Under Brenda’s guidance, Brown becomes Inspector Gadget. Scolex creates the alias "Dr. Claw" and uses the stolen technology to create his own robot for global domination, aided by his minions Kramer and Sykes, but the attempts fail. Much to the irritation of Chief Quimby, Gadget joins the police department, aided by his talking advanced car, the Gadgetmobile. However, Quimby refuses to give Gadget the Bradford case and instead assigns him to mediocre jobs, prompting Gadget to secretly investigate the case himself. Examining the evidence, he finds a connection to Scolex’s company, which Brenda has now gone to work for. Breaking into Scolex's lab, he locates the foot but is taken captive by Scolex, who discovers Gadget is powered by a processor chip, which Scolex removes, and has Sykes dump Gadget in a junkyard. Scolex unleashes Robo-Gadget, an evil replica of Gadget, who goes on a rampage across Riverton. Brenda, Penny, her dog Brain, and the Gadgetmobile track Gadget to the junkyard but find he is unresponsive. Penny believes her uncle doesn’t need the chip to live, which is proven when Brenda kisses Gadget, reactivating him.
   
John, now with the name of “Inspector Gadget”, joins the police much to the irritation of Chief Quimby. He is also accompanied by his talking, intelligent car, the "Gadgetmobile", and is forced to do community service assignments when wanting to investigate the Bradford case. Gadget is diappointed with his mediocre work and decides to take up the Bradford case in secret and with help from Penny and Gadgetmobile. Scolex, meanwhile, completes an evil replica of the inspector* named RoboGadget and powers him with a chip similar to Gadget's own chip, and then sends him out to terrorize the city. Gadget realizes Scolex may be endangering Brenda after establishing a connection to some evidence from the crime (the letters "S.I" matched the initials on a truck labeled "Scolex Industries). Brenda learns from RoboBrenda (an idiot duplicate also sent to replace her) that Scolex murdered her father. Gadget sneaks into Scolex's lair but is captured. Scolex "kills" Gadget by removing and crushing his computer chip, before dumping him in the junkyard.
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After dropping Penny and Brain off at home, Gadget, Brenda and the Gadgetmobile give chase to Scolex's limo. Gadget and Robo-Gadget battle on top of the roof but are knocked off, continuing their fight on a bridge until Gadget pulls a cord on his counterpart’s head, causing it to fall off. Gadget then chucks Robo-Gadget’s head into the river while the headless body runs off. Brenda is taken captive by Scolex, who tries to escape with her in a helicopter, only to be confronted by Gadget, who arrives using his helicopter hat.
   
RoboGadget goes on a rampage across the city, whilst Brenda, Penny, her dog Brain and Gadgetmobile come across Gadget in the junkyard. Brenda manages to revive Gadget by kissing him, proving that although mechanical, he still has a human heart. The group rushes to Riverton to stop Scolex and RoboGadget. John confronts RoboGadget and they battle across a bridge until John pulls a cord on his counterpart’s neck, causing his head to fall off which the inspector throws into the nearby river, whilst RoboGadget’s body runs off.
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Scolex snags Gadget on the helicopter’s landing gear, suspending him in midair. Gadget uses a projectile pencil to disable Scolex's claw, allowing Brenda to leap out the helicopter onto his back. They fall to the ground but Gadget saves them using an umbrella. Scolex parachutes down but is trapped by the Gadgetmobile. The police arrive, believing Gadget was responsible for the destruction, but Penny arrives with a guilt-stricken Sykes who surrenders the foot and admits to Scolex's plans. Gadget earns respect from Quimby, and departs with Brenda and Penny, though Scolex promises revenge on his nemesis. In the end credits, several afterscene clips play, including Sykes going to a minion-recovery group, and the Gadgetmobile addresses the audience till the end of the credits.
 
Later, Brenda is taken captive by Scolex who attempts to make his escape in a helicopter. Gadget appears using his helicopter hat, but is shot down and suspended from the landing gear of Scolex’s helicopter above the city. Gadget launches a pen into the helicopter's cockpit and hits the shutdown button on Scolex's claw, crushing the controls. Gadget and Brenda escape, using an umbrella to sail safely to the ground. Claw follows but is caught by the Gadget mobile. The police arrive and although they think Gadget is responsible for the recent attacks, Penny appears with Sykes who hands over the robotic foot to Chief Quimby, and they both say Scolex created RoboGadget to terrorize Riverton. As Gadget and Brenda walk away, Scolex yells out, "Arrivederci, Gadget! This is not goodbye. I'll get you next time, Gadget! I'll get you!". At the end, Gadget launches fireworks from his right foot while Gadget mobile chases a red Volkswagen.
 
 
During the closing credits, RoboBrenda is shown teaching "robo-aerobics", RoboGadget is running around town still without his head, Sykes is being congratulated at a minion-recovery group, Penny is now equipped with a watch trying to make contact with Brain (when Brain responds, he uses Don Adam's voice), and finally, the Gadgetmobile's computer screen thanks us for watching his movie, even though it's called "Inspector Gadget". He says that he got married to the Volkswagen at a drive-through chapel and are expecting a small car soon. He's thinking of calling it "The Love Bug", which he says is in no way a plug for his employer, the Walt Disney Company, even though he's sure the young one will say, "I'm going to Disneyland!" when he's old enough. Lastly, he asks the audience not to leave the theater yet, as all the people in the credits make him look good. At the end of the credits, he asks the audience to leave the theater, and says "Good night, Riverton!"
 
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
* [[Matthew Broderick]] as John "Inspector Gadget" Brown/RoboGadget
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* [[Matthew Broderick]] as John Brown/Inspector Gadget/RoboGadget
* [[Rupert Everett]] as Sanford "Claw" Scolex
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* [[Rupert Everett]] as Sanford Scolex/Dr. Claw
 
* [[Joely Fisher]] as Dr. Brenda Bradford/RoboBrenda
 
* [[Joely Fisher]] as Dr. Brenda Bradford/RoboBrenda
 
* [[Michelle Trachtenberg]] as Penny
 
* [[Michelle Trachtenberg]] as Penny
* [[Don Adams]] as the voice of "Brain"
 
* [[D. L. Hughley]] as the voice of the Gadgetmobile
 
 
* [[Dabney Coleman]] as Chief Quimby
 
* [[Dabney Coleman]] as Chief Quimby
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* [[Andy Dick]] as Kramer
 
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* [[René Auberjonois]] as Dr. Artemus Bradford
 
 
* [[Frances Bay]] as Thelma
 
* [[Frances Bay]] as Thelma
* [[J.P. Manoux]] as the Mayor's assistant
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* [[J. P. Manoux]] as the Mayor's sycophantic assistant
 
* [[Brian George]] as the Sore Guru
 
* [[Brian George]] as the Sore Guru
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During the "Minions Anonymous" scene in the credits, the henchmen include [[Mr. T]] and [[Richard Kiel]] (who is credited as the "Famous Bad Guy with Silver Teeth", in reference to his role of James Bond's enemy Jaws), as well as Richard Lee-Sung as the "Famous Villain with Deadly Hat", Bobby Bell as the "Famous Identifier of Sea Planes", Hank Barrera as the "Famous Native American Sidekick", and Keith Morrison as the "Famous Assistant to Dr. Frankensomething". Broderick and Coleman previously worked together in the film ''[[WarGames]]''.
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Revision as of 23:01, November 20, 2015

Inspector Gadget is a 1999 action-comedy film loosely based on the 1983 animated cartoon series of the same name. It starred Matthew Broderick as the title character, along with Rupert Everett as Dr. Claw, Michelle Trachtenberg as Penny, and Dabney Coleman as Chief Quimby. Three new characters were introduced, Dr. Brenda Bradford (played by Joely Fisher), Mayor Wilson (played by Cheri Oteri) and the Gadgetmobile (voiced by D. L. Hughley). The film tells the story of how Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw came to be in the cartoon.

The film was produced by Caravan Pictures and DIC Entertainment (which was owned by The Walt Disney Company at the time of production) and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, California, with the ice castle-like main tower of Pittsburgh's PPG Place playing a central role. This was the last film produced by Caravan Pictures before it absorbed into Spyglass Entertainment. The film was followed by the 2003 direct-to-video stand-alone sequel Inspector Gadget 2.

Plot

John Brown is a humble, but clumsy security guard working at the Bradford robotics laboratory in Riverton, Ohio, run by Artemus Bradford and his daughter Brenda, whom Brown has a crush on. Brown wishes to become a police officer, with support from his niece Penny. Brenda and Artemus create a lifelike robotic foot as part of the Gadget Program, to create cybernetically augmented police officers. Tycoon Sanford Scolex attacks the lab, steals the foot, and has Artemus murdered before escaping in his limo. Brown goes chasing him down in his car, which leads to its being destroyed by Scolex's explosive cigar leaving brown for dead, but a bowling ball coming from the fiery blast of Brown’s destroyed car smashingly crushes Scolex's hand, forcing him to replace it with a mechanical claw.

Brown survives the explosion and becomes the first test subject for the Gadget Program, as a cyborg with countless gadgets he can activate by saying "Go, Go, Gadget". Under Brenda’s guidance, Brown becomes Inspector Gadget. Scolex creates the alias "Dr. Claw" and uses the stolen technology to create his own robot for global domination, aided by his minions Kramer and Sykes, but the attempts fail. Much to the irritation of Chief Quimby, Gadget joins the police department, aided by his talking advanced car, the Gadgetmobile. However, Quimby refuses to give Gadget the Bradford case and instead assigns him to mediocre jobs, prompting Gadget to secretly investigate the case himself. Examining the evidence, he finds a connection to Scolex’s company, which Brenda has now gone to work for. Breaking into Scolex's lab, he locates the foot but is taken captive by Scolex, who discovers Gadget is powered by a processor chip, which Scolex removes, and has Sykes dump Gadget in a junkyard. Scolex unleashes Robo-Gadget, an evil replica of Gadget, who goes on a rampage across Riverton. Brenda, Penny, her dog Brain, and the Gadgetmobile track Gadget to the junkyard but find he is unresponsive. Penny believes her uncle doesn’t need the chip to live, which is proven when Brenda kisses Gadget, reactivating him.

After dropping Penny and Brain off at home, Gadget, Brenda and the Gadgetmobile give chase to Scolex's limo. Gadget and Robo-Gadget battle on top of the roof but are knocked off, continuing their fight on a bridge until Gadget pulls a cord on his counterpart’s head, causing it to fall off. Gadget then chucks Robo-Gadget’s head into the river while the headless body runs off. Brenda is taken captive by Scolex, who tries to escape with her in a helicopter, only to be confronted by Gadget, who arrives using his helicopter hat.

Scolex snags Gadget on the helicopter’s landing gear, suspending him in midair. Gadget uses a projectile pencil to disable Scolex's claw, allowing Brenda to leap out the helicopter onto his back. They fall to the ground but Gadget saves them using an umbrella. Scolex parachutes down but is trapped by the Gadgetmobile. The police arrive, believing Gadget was responsible for the destruction, but Penny arrives with a guilt-stricken Sykes who surrenders the foot and admits to Scolex's plans. Gadget earns respect from Quimby, and departs with Brenda and Penny, though Scolex promises revenge on his nemesis. In the end credits, several afterscene clips play, including Sykes going to a minion-recovery group, and the Gadgetmobile addresses the audience till the end of the credits.

Cast

During the "Minions Anonymous" scene in the credits, the henchmen include Mr. T and Richard Kiel (who is credited as the "Famous Bad Guy with Silver Teeth", in reference to his role of James Bond's enemy Jaws), as well as Richard Lee-Sung as the "Famous Villain with Deadly Hat", Bobby Bell as the "Famous Identifier of Sea Planes", Hank Barrera as the "Famous Native American Sidekick", and Keith Morrison as the "Famous Assistant to Dr. Frankensomething". Broderick and Coleman previously worked together in the film WarGames.

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