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Hellboy (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy, Horror | 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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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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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:

Ellespuika  »

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Box Office


$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$59,035,104 (USA) (21 May 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Professor Bruttenholm is showing Agent Myers through the BPRD when he first arrives, a greyish male humanoid statue with a large ring on its groin is momentarily seen. This is actually Roger the Homunculus, a supporting character introduced late in the Hellboy comics (in the story arc "Almost Colossus"), who often goes through periods of dormancy; when active, he is a special BPRD agent much like Abe. Roger did not make it into the movie script as a character, but made it into the film as a piece of set decoration instead. Another comic-book prop reference in the same scene is the large set of metal boots sitting in one of the glass display cases. These belonged to a supernatural creature called "The Iron Shoes" from the short story of the same name. See more »


Underground, just after Abe is injured underwater, and the two agents are killed, Hellboy is walking into a room. As he enters, his RIGHT hand is normal and holding his gun. Just after he approaches the table, now, his LEFT hand is normal and holding the gun. His large hand has changed sides. 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, a 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 ...
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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 »


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Let's Stay Together
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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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