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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?


Hellboy was originally going to have cloven hooves for feet, like in the comics, but it was decided that it would be easier and safer for Ron Perlman to perform his stunts with normal, booted feet. See more »


Sammael couldn't reach Abe when he was hidden between the structure under water but he uses his "tongue" to long reach Hellboy in many fights. 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 »


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Red Right Hand
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User Reviews

Hell of a Movie!
29 January 2005 | by (The Movie Crypt) – See all my reviews

Alright, so seeing as how I'm comment #430, I don't imagine that anyone is going to read my review, or that anyone will be encouraged to watch Hellboy because of anything that I'll say. There are others who have written short novels on IMDb about what a great movie this is, so there's no point in me doing more of the same.

Suffice it to say that this movie is beautifully shot, well acted (with the exception of the kid who plays the FBI agent) and directed by masterful Guillermo Del Toro with style and grace. It's not for everyone, and those who are fans of the comic will probably enjoy it more than your average moviegoer. But if you like movies like The Crow or Darkman, this one is right down your dark little alley.

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