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The Spirit (1987)

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

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Spirit / Denny Colt (as Sam Jones)
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Eubie
Garry Walberg ...
Les Lannom ...
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P'Gell Roxton (as McKinlay Robinson)
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John Allen ...
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Sarah Dammann ...
Hilde
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Ernestine Mercer ...
Martha
Annibal Llende ...
Ricardo
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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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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 »

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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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In spite of its flaws I liked it.
28 January 1999 | by (Riverside, Ca) – See all my reviews

Based upon Will Eisner's comic book character, the movie manages to capture the essence of the hero while sacrificing the film noir elements of the original comic book. Here are all the trademarks of the original character: the torn shirt, the beautiful femme fatale, the cemetery, the rain storms. However, the film never looks "right" - the film appears low budget despite some very good actors and actresses. Part of the problem is the translation of the Spirit to the 1980's. Two scenes in the film stand out as classic Esiner: the scene in the foundry and the final fight in the museum. Not a great film but a fun way to spend an afternoon.


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