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Hancock (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 July 2008 (USA)
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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image.



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The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. Written by Rob Marshall, Chicago, IL

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He is saving the world whether we like it or not. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 July 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Hancock  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,589,095 (UK) (4 July 2008)


$227,946,274 (USA) (5 September 2008)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Will Smith will be producing Hancock Part 2. Star cast is not finalized yet. But rumors are Beyonce will be part of this movie. This sequel is in development. (February 2015) See more »


When Hancock stopped the train, the impact speed should've seriously injured or killed the locomotive engineer. See more »


[first lines]
Police Officer: All units. All units. Code 3 pursuit of 2-11 white SUV heading east on Alameda service road. Suspects: three Asian males. Request back-up immediately. Be advised. Shots fired. Shots fired.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.171 (2009) See more »


Serves You Right To Suffer
Written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker
Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

I guess some people just can't take a switch in tone.
5 July 2008 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I've read a lot of the reviews here complaining about the film flagging in its final act. I respectfully disagree.

Hancock is most definitely DIFFERENT in it's last half - it drops off the comedy significantly and introduces some fascinating superhero mythology that is almost like an ancient Greek myth in its context. It also introduces some pretty tense and violent moments that really made me wonder if they should be marketing it as the kid-friendly summer blockbuster that they are. However, both halves have their own merits - the first being the humour, and the second being the (almost tragic) origin mythos. I suspect if you are prepared for the switch in tone, rather than shocked when it arrives, you might enjoy Hancock as much as I did.

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