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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.



(screenplay), (comic book series)
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2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Gerrity ...
Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat ...
Kimberly Cox ...
Damsel in Distress
Brian Neal Lucero ...
Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ...
Officer MacReady


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's something the world needs... 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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

$19,781,879, 18 January 2009
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The underwater scenes were all shot dry-for-wet, which greatly relieved Eva Mendes, who didn't know how to swim. See more »


Despite the presence of probably over a hundred police, SWAT members and helicopter pilots who all just opened fire on him literally a minute earlier, the Octopus still grabs the vase with the blood in it out in the middle of all of these people, and somehow no one but Sand Saref apparently sees him do this. See more »


Silken Floss: On your knees, then!
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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 Superman (1978) See more »


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

decent film
11 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one,, not being a real comic book fan I decided that I would give it a chance, second, I wasn't expecting Sin City, which by the looks of the boards most of you were. Samuel Jackson did a great job in this movie,, Gabriel Macht was wonderful as our hero, and Eva Mendez sexy as ever. our hero is in charge of doing good in the city and saving as many people as he can,, there are lot's of people who would rather not have him around Central City, especially the loathsome Octupus,, play by Samuel Jackson,, there are lot's of sexy women in the film,, good action, thrills, suspense , a lot of the good vs evil theme, I like the whole approach the movie took,, it takes you on a mythical journey to somewhere where you can only imagine,, a lot of people bash this movie because it's not like Sin City, well so what,, I didn't want it to be that movie,, this is a decent movie,, worth watching,, won't win any Oscars, but I really don't think that it was attempting to.

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