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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi | 14 February 2003 (USA)
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A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.


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Frankie J. Allison ...
Abusive Father (as Frankie Jay Allison)


Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

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A Guardian Devil. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daredevil: A Daring New Vision  »


Box Office


$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,033,454, 16 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,543,520, 13 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,179,718, 6 June 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The rat in the opening sequence is entirely CGI, the result of a real one not moving appropriately during filming. See more »


When Murdock is throwing a fit in his costume closet, he fails to knock off one of his walking sticks from its peg, but moments later the peg is empty. See more »


[to young Matt]
Jack Murdock: You can do anything if you're not afraid.
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Crazy Credits

For the first time, a sound effect of pages turning is added to the Marvel logo (aptly for a blind superhero who works through a radar sense). See more »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Plutonium Baby (2013) See more »


Right Before Your Eyes
Music by Daniel Estrin
Lyrics by Douglas Robb (as Doug Robb)
Performed by Hoobastank
Produced by Rich Costey
Hoobastank performs courtesy of Island Records
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It's like a darker, more violent version of "Spider-Man". Grade: B
7 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

That's why I think most critics hated this thing. It's not lighthearted fun like "Spider-Man" was, it's more adult-themed. I actually found it a bit more effective than Sam Raimi's superhero epic. Why? Because it wasn't campy and it didn't have cartoony special effects. The CGI in "Daredevil" is more photorealistic. I also loved the "Matrix"-like martial-arts incorporated throughout the film.

In fact, as far as darker-themed comic book movies go, I think "Daredevil" is a much better film than either of the first two "Batman" pictures were. I recently watched "Spider-Man" again on DVD and I've always had mixed reactions of it. I do think it works on the level of campy fun and for that I gave it a B Minus. But I think "Daredevil" is a more solid picture and I'd grade it with a B.

I like the look of the film, the washed-out colors make the movie look very 70's in certain scenes. Like "The Crow", the movie has an MTV mentality with rock and rap songs, but also has a love story as well. The sound design is awesome, if you have a good theatre sound system, "Daredevil" will take full advantage of it. I don't think Ben Affleck got credit when it was deserved. Along with Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan, Affleck was perfect cast.

Anyhow, as much as I believe "Daredevil" is a much better film than "Spider-Man" was. I actually think "Spider-Man 2" is better than "Daredevil". The best comic book movie ever placed on film. It shows that a director can really improve on his work. I highly recommend that film to anyone. Well, the bottom line is: "Spider-Man" (B-), "Daredevil" (B) and "Spider-Man 2" (A). I hope you enjoyed my review.

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