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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interrogation scene, the Spirit asks the Octopus "What's in the vase, Thor's hammer?" Samuel L. Jackson ( The Octopus )and Scarlett Johansson (Silken Floss) later appeared in Marvel's The Avengers (as Nick Fury and Black Widow, respectively), which also features Thor (here played by Chris Hemsworth) as a member of the team. 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 »


The Spirit: This is for Sand!
[hits The Octopus]
The Spirit: This is for me!
[hits The Octopus]
The Spirit: And this is for Muffins!
[roundhouse kicks The Octopus into a pillar with a Nazi Eagle on top]
The Octopus: Is that it?
[Giant marble eagle falls on The Octopus]
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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 »


Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Hitler's Harlot (2014) 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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I can't imagine what Frank Miller was thinking
25 December 2008 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

I honestly thought he would treat this much-loved and admired classic with some respect. Guess I'm naive. It certainly looks gorgeous, but that's almost regrettable in a film that's otherwise so utterly, grindingly, gone-to-hell stupid. Awful performances (except by Gabriel Macht as Our Hero, who looks great with his wide earnest eyes and buff physique, and handles the lines about his love for the city with fine, tough conviction), jaw-droppingly overdone dialogue, what seems like hours of totally unnecessary comic material, it's just dreadful, and a great disappointment to me. If I ever buy the DVD I'll only watch it with the sound turned off.

Poor Will Eisner must be spinning in his grave tonight.

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