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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Good, but not great.
25 February 2009 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this adaptation of The Spirit comics, and in many ways it caught the flavor and humor of the original stories. It had a nice cast of virtual unknowns, and hit all the marks for fun and adventure. Sam J. Jones did a creditable job, and Laura (McKinley) Robinson had P'Gell down cold, and was a gorgeous femme fatal. It had a low budget look, tho, for much of its length, and not enough of the wonderful camera angles The Spirit comic practically cried out for. That said, Will Eisner told me himself, at a ComicCon, that he would rather I never mentioned it again. He wanted a darker, more noir look to it, with a better cast. As for the re-make from 2008, which reeked, the less said the better - I'm sure Mr. Eisner would have plenty of negatives to talk about for that film; many, many more than for this one.

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