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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ladislav Beran ...
Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
Ilsa Haupstein (as Bridget Hodson)
Kevin Trainor ...
Agent Lime
Agent Moss
Stephen Fisher ...
Agent Quarry


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 USA:

$23,172,440, 4 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guillermo del Toro for years considered this film a dream project, and had always wanted to cast Ron Perlman in the lead, but could never secure a budget or studio approval. After the massive success of Blade II (2002), del Toro was offered Blade: Trinity (2004) or Hellboy, and though he briefly considered trying to schedule both in, he chose Hellboy. See more »


Flubbed line. When Abe Sapiens reveals a number of facts about Myers, Myers is then supposed to say, "how did it ..." and subsequently be corrected by Prof. Broom, "he, Abe's a he." The subtitles have him saying it but if you listen Myers says "he" in the first place. 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

During the closing credits there's a brief shot of Dr. Manning still trying to contact someone on his team and getting nothing in response. A shadow of a Sammael passes in the background as the scene fades back to credits. See more »


Let's Stay Together
Written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. and Willie Mitchell
Performed by Al Green
Courtesy of Hi Records
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An awesome thrill-ride
2 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm usually pretty skeptical about comic book to film translations thanks to such esteemed turkeys as "Captain America", "Daredevil", and "Punisher" (the early 90's version with Dolph Lundgren). But this movie, which could've been bad.....real bad, somehow found a way to be ammusing and entertaining, while at the same time staying faithful to the comics original characters, storylines, and influences.

Now this film's not gonna win any awards and isn't going to turn non-comic fans into hardcore comic maniacs but it is a great pre-summer action/adventure film with some comedy and a bit of the eccentric tossed in for good measure.

I won't go into the usual routine and start giving away plot points and story snippits. All I will say is "Go see the movie". But before you do you must take all logic, all sarcasm and cyncism and toss those all out of the car window on the way to your local cinemas. This movie has alot of things that may contradict alot of things that most people believe in, but remember, ITS JUST A MOVIE. Thats what movies are for, they are meant to take the impossible and make it possible and so on. Like I said, this movies not going to be an award winner, and won't be on any critics ten best lists, but it will be a film that you'll laugh at, and generally have fun watching. Its a great escape from the surrealistic existence that many of us live every single day. So, take my advice, go see this movie, sit back, relax, and have some fun.

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