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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Bad Behaviour. Bad Attitude. Real Hero. 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  »

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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?


Michael Mann and Tony Scott were also considered for the director's role. See more »


During the shootout outside the bank, the bullet holes in the police cruisers are dented in, as if they were fired from the side of the car the officers are hiding on. If the bullets were coming from the other side, the holes should be bent outward. 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

A scene after the credits start to roll. See more »


References X-Men (2000) See more »


Highway 13
Written and Performed by John Lee Hooker
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
And courtesy of the John Lee Hooker estate
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User Reviews

Will Smith Delivers another Summertime Movie Treat
30 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I caught a preview showing of Hancock tonight. I enjoyed it for what it was which is a fun, mostly fast-paced popcorn flick. The writers of the film also tossed in a nice plot twist that I didn't see coming but it turned out to work just fine. This isn't Shakespeare so I don't demand a lot of deep thought just some escapist fun. Will Smith does an excellent job of playing the disinterested superhero with an existential crisis. It was good to see Jason Bateman again but a bummer as well seeing how he has aged. This means I am not so young myself anymore. Jae Head didn't overact nor did the script writers push the "cute" button to the point of being saccharine. It will be interesting to see how this movie performs to see if Smith wants to do a sequel. So I am more than happy to recommend Hancock to fans of the "Summer Blockbuster" and those who enjoy Will Smith.

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