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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Mustafa (Will Ferrell)

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Film: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Deceased Character: Mustafa (Will Ferrell)
Archetype: Baddy (Minor)
Killed by: Dr. Evil (Mike Myers)
Killed with: Shot and Flames


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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 28th Jun 2006

Kindly submitted by Mad Movie Mathew

Mustafa is one of Dr. Evil's henchmen and designer of the BigBoy rocket that put Dr. Evil and his cute cat, Mr Bigglesworth into cryo-stasis. Upon being defrosted, Dr. Evil is most upset that the freezing process had unexpected side effects on Mr Bigglesworth; all of the cats hair had fallen out. "Look what you did to Mr. Bigglesworth!" screams Dr. Evil, revealing his now hairless cat.

Mustafa tries to explain that he could not "anticipate feline complications in the unfreezing process", but Dr. Evil is having none of it, and pressing one of the buttons on the control panel in front of him, he sends Mustafa down to the flame pit below.

Paying no more mind to Mustafa, Dr. Evil begins talking to his remaining henchmen, only to be interrupted by Mustafa's pleas for aid. "Somebody help me!" Mustafa pleads. "I'm alive, only very badly burned!" This proves to be very distracting, and after being interrupted several times, Dr. Evil picks up his phone, and reports the situation to a henchman. "I'll go deal with it," he assures Dr. Evil.

"If someone opens the retrieval hatch, I can get out," Mustafa explains. At this point, the hatch opens. Mustafa is at first grateful, but then a gunshot is heard. After a pause, Dr Evil is satisfied Mustafa is dead and attempts to continue explaining his plan, only be interrupted by Mustafa again, who says indignantly "you shot me! You shot me right in the arm! Why did you-". Mustafa sentence is cut short by a second gunshot, which proves to be the end for him, as the hatch is heard to close.



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This review has 15 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
I'd suggest "Cheating Death" since Mustafa returns in the sequel, but that's only because Austin travels back to the 60s.

Incidentally this would seem to create an interesting paradox; Mustafa actually survives his fall off the cliff (even though Dr. Evil says two of his assassins are dead, neither Mustafa nor Robin Swallows actually perished) as demonstrated by the end-of-the-credits extra scene. And since he was sent to kill Austin by the Dr. Evil from the future, while Dr. Evil of the past is still frozen within his Bob's Big Boy rocket orbiting Earth, and the future Dr. Evil remains in the 60s while Austin returns to the 90s, this would conceivably change events so that the past Mustafa would continue working for the futue-Evil-in-the-past and therefore conceivably avoid the fate of his future self from the original timeline.

My head hurts. And to think they actually made an effort to avoid us thinking about this stuff. "Just sit back and enjoy the ride," indeed.
Comment 2 by 'Mr. Briggs Incorporated' (reply to this comment)
I always thought of it as past Mustafa barely survives and comes back to work for Dr. Evil in the future, thus eliminating "Cheating Death" (Unless you use said category for the sequel)

Speaking of, How old is Mustafa anyway? What the Heck is a "Mustafa"? Why is it correctly spelled "musts"? Did Will Feral fund Halloween?

Those questions aside, wouldn't it be fun to see how the other executed baddies from the beginning fit in to the plot?
Comment 3 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
What do you mean? Isn't "Mustafa" an actual Arabic/Middle Eastern name? Anyway he has a full name, given in a book sold around the time the movie came out, but I forget what it is.

I'm unsure about his age, though, but he's obviously very old because he has grey hair and all. I think the real question is, how old is Nigel Powers supposed to be. XD

And with regards to the other guys Dr. Evil snuffs out earlier in the first movie, they're the best assassins in the world according to Evil's dialogue, and if you look at the control panel, which always has the names of the people next to the "insta-kill" buttons, you can see what their names are: Jurgen (the dentist), Generalissimo (the army guy), Don Luigi (the guy with a hook), and Rita (by process of - yuck-yuck! - elimination, the woman).
Comment 4 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Kooshmeister Wrote:
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> And with regards to the other guys Dr. Evil snuffs
> out earlier in the first movie, they're the best
> assassins in the world according to Evil's
> dialogue, and if you look at the control panel,
> which always has the names of the people next to
> the "insta-kill" buttons, you can see what their
> names are: Jurgen (the dentist), Generalissimo
> (the army guy), Don Luigi (the guy with a hook),
> and Rita (by process of - yuck-yuck! -
> elimination, the woman).

I actually submitted them all (complete with the uncredited actors) recently when I went on my Austin Powers submitting spree. The only one I didn't get one for Generalismo (that's how it's spelt) because IMDb doesn't have the actor who played him. Because of this, I put him in the Jurgen write-up.

I'm pretty sure that if Mustafa from the 60s came back from his fall (let's just say he did), then that wouldn't change Mustafa in the 90s. He had already designed and sent off the Big Boy rocket leading to his demise.
Comment 5 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Actually, I just remembered, Mustafa was originally going to be in Goldmember but his scenes were deleted. This was as late as an issue of Entertainment Weekly about the movie, although I'm unsure why the scenes weren't in the DVD. So unless he was supposed to appear in the segment set in the 70s, there's a good chance he's still kicking. (Although this does not change the fact he dies in International Man of Mystery).
Comment 6 by 'Mr. Briggs Incoporated' (reply to this comment)
:
I actually submitted them all (complete with the uncredited actors) recently when I went on my Austin Powers submitting spree.
Are No. 2 and (ugh) the Oddjob guy counted as dead? What category did you use for Alotta *****?

I think Mustafa should link to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. No. 9 and vice-versa. As for categories, I think It should be "Execution" and not "Death-trap" unless Mustafa didn't know about the chair (which he admits he does.)
Comment 7 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Number Two I didn't do (but I will now, seeing as he's an ideal candidate for 'Cheating Death'). Random Task (the Oddjob guy) I counted as dead, seeing as he doesn't return (usually, any surviving members of Dr. Evil's crew will return for the next film). I didn't realize Alotta Fagina (as it is spelt) actually died until I just popped in the DVD - it appears Vanessa gives her a throat chop. I guess that counts as Asphyxiation and maybe Martial Arts (it is the fictional Judo Chop, after all).

Execution I think should be added (I forgot that one), but Death Trap I hope stays, as it was a trap for any members who have failed Dr. Evil.

I'm kinda glad Mustafa did not appear in Goldmember. As much as I am a fan of Ferrell, he would ruin continuity if he wasn't in the 70s scene and there was no need for him in the film. Also it was a recycled gag from The Spy Who Shagged Me where he had to answer a question if it was asked a certain amount of times (except it was 4, instead of 3 this time), which Goldmember had more than enough of. The only reason I know is that the scene is briefly detailed in 'The World Of Austin Powers' book, along with Felicity Shagwell's deleted scene from Goldmember.
Comment 8 by 'Dana' (reply to this comment)
What is the proper spelling for the Battle Cry he exclaims as he goes to Attack Austin Powers...Please e-mail me
Comment 9 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
It's "doctari," according to Shagadelically Speaking: The Words and World of Austin Powers.
Comment 10 by 'Pyro' (reply to this comment)
Mustafa actually did survive his fall in the second movie (Dr. Evil probably just assumed he had died when Mini-Me shot him, seeing as Mini-Me didn't stick around long enough to hear him shouting for help afterward). If you sit through the end credits, it cuts back to the cliffside, where Mustafa, still very much alive, only very badly injured, begins asking if anyone's up there, then begins calling out to the audience for assistance.

As a result, this does not paradox the present time, as it can probably be assumed someone found him and he survived, as a result he would still be alive in the 90's where Dr. Evil would successfully kill him.
Comment 11 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Exactly my point.

"I'm going to try the other leg!"
*snap*
(Mustafa screams)
Comment 12 by 'Xocchi' (reply to this comment)
I don't think Alotta Fagina survived, since the whole base exploded after Dr. Evil froze himself in again. But, of course, she could've been taken out by, who knows, Random Task, or Frau. Maybe Generalissimo, Jurgen, Rita and Don Luigi will return. Since Number Two actually got thrown in the burning basement too in the first movie, and eventually got out in the second movie (i'm still wondering how he did that).
Comment 13 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Well, there was an escape hatch. Although Mustafa's death seems to indicate you can't open it from inside (for obvious reasons).

I always though Alotta died when Vanessa gave her a throat chop. It's a potentially fatal move in real life, as it punctures the windpipe.
Comment 14 by 'Brian' (reply to this comment)
Dr evil's agent kills mutsafa but mustafa comes back from the dead resurrection.
Comment 15 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Not really, since Austin travels back in time a point before Mustafa died.