A legally dead police detective decides to battle crime as a masked superhero.



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Cast overview:
Spirit / Denny Colt (as Sam Jones)
Garry Walberg ...
Les Lannom ...
Officer King
Laura Robinson ...
P'Gell Roxton (as McKinlay Robinson)
Simon Teasdale
John Allen ...
Sarah Dammann ...
Ernestine Mercer ...
Annibal Llende ...


When Denny Colt, detective for the Central City Police Department, survives an assassination attempt by criminals, he is still believed by the public to be dead. He decides to use to his advantage, since being "dead", he isn't subject to the rules that bind regular cops. To this end, he equips an abandoned tomb in a graveyard into a residence and headquarters and prepares for a new career. With that, he becomes the Spirit, a mysterious crime fighter whose only costume is a blue business suit, fedora hat and a little eye mask. His first major case pits him against P'Gell, a femme fatal who has criminal designs on the city. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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31 July 1987 (USA)  »

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This TV movie almost didn't get seen at all. Due to a write-in campaign and a circulated petition it was aired on ABC TV in 1986, a full year after its making, and was a pilot for what could have become a series. See more »


Ellen Dolan: Do I look like the kind of girl who goes around undressing men?
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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Semi-comical version of a serious character, but it mainly works
27 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this pilot when it was first shown, and I'm sure countless "Spirit" fans hate it, because, like Batman, the Green Hornet etc., it took the character in the direction of "camp". But I evidently never got enough of Batman, because I thought it was entertaining, in some of the same ways as that show. There are two parts that stay with me. First, when Denny's partner has been fatally wounded, and he makes a dramatic speech about how he always stood for the law, and obeying the exact letter of it. Then, he says something like, "Boy, was I stupid!" Which is his way of telling Denny to become a vigilante instead, which he does (though the TV Batman kind). Then, there's the scene where he tries to seduce the villainess into letting him go by kissing her, but she isn't fooled, because he's too honest to kiss her convincingly ! This was a great example of "camp", that was also "underplayed", by both the actor and actress.

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