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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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Meet the superhero everybody loves to hate. 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)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train wreck scene was filmed in San Pedro, CA, in conjunction with Pacific Harbor Line RR. The movie crew changed a PHL SD18 diesel locomotive #40 to the fictitious Southland & Western RR. See more »


When Hancock throws Michel into the air, then catches him, the car in the background, which is hit by the refrigerator later, is already damaged. Only the windows are broken, and that could've been caused by flying pieces of asphalt or the concussion of Hancock's landing. 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 #7.4 (2008) See more »


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Written by Christian Frederickson, Rachel Grimes, and Jason Noble
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User Reviews

This deserves some credit
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I'm being generous, but I think this movie deserves some credit. It's a serious take on a dysfunctional superhero that isn't based upon a Marvel Comics or DC Comics character. The special effects aren't as good as a movie like Transformers, but at least you aren't getting an animated CGI character hopping around like you do in Hulk and Spiderman. It appears that several elements of this movie may be inspired by the now defunct Broadway Comics. The classic scene of a car being skewered on a spire was depicted in the "Powers That Be" comic and the dysfunctional marriage relationship in the movie is not unlike the "Shadow State" comic by Broadway. Perhaps seeing similar depictions hit the big screen made me appreciate the movie more.

Will Smith and Charlize Theron do a great job. The hero is flawed, but he's not a wimp. The movie's biggest weakness is the pacing. Some of the special effects go by so fast that you don't get to appreciate them. Some of the drama plays out so slowly that you might be wondering why they don't rush it along. The movie is faithful to the trailer. It's tough writing a spoiler-free review of this since there are some great twists in the plot.

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