Mr. Magoo

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Mr. Magoo (1997 Movie)

“Mr. Magoo” is a live-action comedy film released in 1997, based on the popular cartoon character Mr. Magoo. The film was directed by Stanley Tong and stars Leslie Nielsen as the title character, Mr. Quincy Magoo.

The story follows Mr. Magoo, a wealthy and elderly man who is nearsighted and completely oblivious to the world around him. Despite his visual impairment, he refuses to wear glasses or acknowledge his poor eyesight, leading to a series of comical mishaps and misunderstandings.

In the film, Magoo becomes unintentionally involved in a plot to steal the legendary “Star of Kurdistan” diamond. A group of thieves, led by Austin Cloquet (played by Malcolm McDowell), try to manipulate Magoo’s blindness to their advantage and use him to locate the precious gem. Along the way, Magoo finds himself in various dangerous and humorous situations, completely unaware of the criminal activities happening around him.

Throughout the movie, Magoo’s bumbling actions create chaos and hilarity, and he becomes the unwitting hero in foiling the criminals’ plans. The film showcases his adventures and misadventures, all while maintaining his endearing and good-hearted personality.

“Mr. Magoo” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising Leslie Nielsen’s performance and the nostalgic homage to the classic cartoon character. However, others felt that the film did not fully capture the charm and humor of the original cartoons.

Despite its reception, “Mr. Magoo” remains a fun and family-friendly comedy that brings the beloved nearsighted character to the big screen. It is a lighthearted and entertaining watch for fans of the classic cartoon and those looking for a dose of slapstick humor.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1997
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $21.4 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Leslie Nielsen: Quincy
  • Kelly Lynch: Luanne LeSeur/Prunella Pagliacci
  • Matt Keeslar: Waldo
  • Nick Chinlund: Bob Morgan
  • Stephen Tobolowsky: FBI Agent Chuck Stupak
  • Ernie Hudson: CIA Agent Gustav Anders
  • Jennifer Garner: Stacey Sampanahodrita
  • Malcolm McDowell: Austin Cloquet
  • Miguel Ferrer: Ortega “The Piranha” Peru


  • Director: Stanley Tong
  • Producer: Ben Myron
  • Music: Mike Tavera

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