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Hellboy (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  2 April 2004 (USA)
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A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ladislav Beran ...
Ilsa Haupstein (as Bridget Hodson)
Kevin Trainor ...
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In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Helboj  »

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Box Office


$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,172,440 (USA) (2 April 2004)


$195,023 (South Africa) (15 October 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guillermo del Toro was not the studio first choice as director. Others considered were Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Peter Hyams and David S. Goyer. See more »


Whenever anyone fires an automatic pistol in the film, as when Myers shoots Sammael in the alley, there is no rearward action of the slide, no ejected shell casings or apparent recoil, and the muzzle flash is obviously superimposed, because the shooter is not illuminated by it. The only exception is agent Clay's gun when he is shooting at Kroenen, which in fact is a blank-firing weapon - the gun even locks empty (slide back). See more »


[first lines]
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start. Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of history ...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits save the 3-D title, which is flown over several times by the camera before it pulls back to reveal the full title. See more »


We'll Meet Again
Written by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Performed by Vera Lynn
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

Great Film- Possible Tent Pole
19 November 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Hell Boy is a near classic of great proportion as played by the underrated Ron Perlman(Beauty and the Beast ) Perlman is an actor you probabley wouldn't recognize as he has had to wear so much facial make up in his career but he imbues 'Hell Boy' with a real humanity and a scathing wit ."How am I ever gonna get a girl when I drive around in a garbage truck ? " John Hurt as his father has little to do but that he loves Hell Boy there is no doubt having rescued him on the night he came from hell . Dr. Broom adopts the boy and they live at the Center For Paranormal Studies in New Jersey with a fish like creature and a fire starter girl who Hell Boy loves to pieces . I hope that this becomes a tent pole series for the studio as I would like to see Hell Boy in other situations . Five of 5 stars for 'Hell Boy'

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