Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

PG-13  |  Video  |   |  Comedy  |  27 January 2004 (USA)
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The relationship between Hollywood and comic book culture is lambasted in this mockumentary as a beloved heroic character is rung through the studio system.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Swan
Liberty Lass / Papaya Smith
Leo Matuzik
Joseph Burns ...
Jack Whitney (as Joseph I. Burns)
Taylor Donohue
Anita Levine
Commander Courage / Bruce Easly
Derek Sprang
Mac (Comic Store Pal #1)
Kurt (Comic Store Pal #2)
Ms. Q (studio secretary)
Robert M. Lange ...
Robert Lange
Debby Newman


A host of real-life celebrities - including Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith - journey into the world of comic book fandom! Documentary filmmaker Donald Swan heads to the world's largest comic book convention where he encounters a culture of craziness that he's totally unprepared for! Written by Comic Book : The Movie

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Hollywood invaded the Comic Book World... Now the real Comic Book Heros are striking back!



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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »




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27 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Don Swan (Mark Hamill) interviews Kevin Smith in the movie and asks him about Smith's fictional first draft of the 'Commander Courage' movie. Smith mentions the movie's producers constantly hounding him over adding a giant spider to the 'Courage' script for no reason, among other problems. The scene is directly referencing Smith's famous real-life hassles attempting to draft a 'Superman' script for Warner Bros. See more »


Ricky: I notice that a lot of these comic books you're selling are old, and I think maybe you'd do more business if you got some brand-new ones, because people like to have new stuff more than old.
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Crazy Credits

Above all, We're thankful for the comic books themselves. So to all the artists and writers, both famous and faceless, we dedicate this film. See more »


References Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) See more »


To Be Alone
Written by Danny Blitz
Performed by Danny Blitz
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Not that it was bad, but...
9 August 2004 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I was very excited to see this and sat patiently for two years while it spent months collecting dust on the Miramax shelves, finally being released direct-to-video. I'm in it--kinda. Since I was at the Comic-Con that year--I can see about a fourth of my face in one of the crowd shots--this added to the excitement. And I'm a comic fan, and a Mark Hamill fan and a fan of cartoon voices. So what could go wrong?

So I watched it, finally, and desperately wanted to like it. I mean, it was about comic fans! But...after the first five minutes or so the novelty wore off and I was stuck with a draggy, boring movie. The cast is game, but without much going on it gets a-mighty tedious. Still, it was nice to revisit a great con that I've not been to since two years after it happened.

For a much more entertaining evening, go to the second disk on the DVD package for "Behind the Voices," the hysterical symposium fans sat through to get themselves on film. They cut out most of it, (the guys doing the Animaniacs singing the Country song from memory, Billy West singing "Happy Happy Joy Joy) but it's still great. The movie: C+ The Other Stuff: B+

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