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The Spirit (2008)

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Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

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(screenplay), (comic book series)
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Cast

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Dan Gerrity ...
Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat ...
Himself
Kimberly Cox ...
Damsel in Distress
Brian Neal Lucero ...
Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
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Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ...
Officer MacReady
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Mahmoud
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Storyline

Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again. When a Rookie cop named Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face who has other plans. He's going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this cold hearted killer from the city's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Will Eisner's The Spirit  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,463,278, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,781,879, 18 January 2009
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the early 1970s, William Friedkin bought the film rights to The Spirit and asked Will Eisner to write a screenplay. Eisner declined, but recommend Harlan Ellison to write the script. In 1976, it was announced that Friedkin's Spirit film would be a TV movie and air on NBC. Plans for the film dissolved when Friedkin and Ellison had an unrelated argument. See more »

Goofs

The soles of The Spirit's signature Converse-style shoes switch back and forth between black and white. This is intentional and matches how Frank Miller would draw the shoes. When the bottoms are featured, they are white. Otherwise the shoes are black on black. See more »

Quotes

Silken Floss: We knew there had to be a better way of keeping someone alive other than cutting them up like some free-range chicken.
The Octopus: Eurgh. Free-range chickens with their big brown ugly-ass eggs. They piss me off. Every time I think about those big brown eggs they piss. Me. Off.
Silken Floss: Or pills.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the title of the film is the very last thing shown. Typically, the title appears early in the credits, and "directed by" is the final credit. See more »


Soundtracks

Falling in Love Again
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Produced by Linda Perry
Written by Friedrich Hollaender and Samuel Lerner
Christina Aguilera appears courtesy of Sony/BMG Music Entertainment
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Frank Miller Does It Again
28 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

No really. He takes a property that is fun and clever and entertaining, spews his well-worn brand of "dark and gritty" all over it, and proceeds to waste a little over an hour and a half of your life (more if parking was a pain in the rear - as it tends to be during the holiday season).

We'll start off with what's right with this movie.

It's... um... "visually stunning?" Maybe. If you haven't seen "300" or "Sin City" or "Sky Captain" before. (Please note that while two of the three mentioned films are based on his work - there's a good reason they're watchable. You guessed it - he didn't write and/or direct them) And that's about it.

The acting was phoned in - it takes a great director to wring a great performance from actors who are given laughably bad, pseudo-noir lines to puke out and guess what? Frank Miller isn't a great director. He isn't even mediocre. He's just plain bad.

So, what possessed the studio to gamble several millions of dollars when Robocop 2 and 3 should have been all the proof they need that one shouldn't waste more than the cover price of a comic book on this man's dubious talents? I'd like to think it was drugs instead of just plain stupidity, but I somehow doubt it.

There's several good reasons why they waited until Will Eisner was dead before making this. Do yourself a favor, take my word for it, and don't waste your time and money finding out what those reasons are for yourself.


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