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The Spirit (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy  |  25 December 2008 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Gerrity ...
Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat ...
Damsel in Distress
Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ...
Officer MacReady
Pathos, etc.


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 {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


My city screams. She is my lover. And I am her spirit. 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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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Will Eisner's The Spirit  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,463,278 (USA) (26 December 2008)


$19,781,879 (USA) (16 January 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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The character, Morgenstern, the name means "morningstar" in German / dutch See more »


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 »


[repeated line]
Pathos, etc.: Silken Floss is the most beautiful woman ever!
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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 »


References Marathon Man (1976) See more »


Deutschland Uber Alles
Performed by Captain Helmut Witten and the German Airforce Band
Written by Joseph Haydn
Courtesy of Legacy International
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User Reviews

Wrongly marketed, loved/hated, I loved it
26 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spirit was marketed to be the next Sin City or 300 which makes you think of hardcore action not quirky humor or PG-13

What most people hate about this movie I found awesome

Yes, one liners were cheesy. Yes, Samuel Jackson is in every movie ever. Yes, the acting was over the top. Yes, the film looks like Sin City. Yes, I loved this movie. Its so bad, its good. The one liners, the acting, and the style all made it feel like the comic strip.

The plot was a little thin but they had the back story catchup so you still get the whole movie experience.

The only major downfall I see to this movie is the PG-13 but thats why the DVD will be amazing.

You will know if you love/hate this film within the first 10 minutes so go see it and if you hate it, walk out fast so you get your money back.

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