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Defendor -- A comedy centered around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he's a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager he befriends.
Defendor -- A comedy centered around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he's a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager he befriends.
Defendor -- Reality intersects with delusion in the mind of Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona known as Defendor and combs the city streets at night in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry.


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13 May 2010 (Brazil) See more »
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Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as 'Defendor', and combs the city streets at night, in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Harrelson ... Arthur Poppington / Defendor

Elias Koteas ... Sgt. Chuck Dooney

Michael Kelly ... Paul Carter

Sandra Oh ... Dr. Ellen Park

Kat Dennings ... Katerina Debrofkowitz

Clark Johnson ... Capt. Roger Fairbanks

Lisa Ray ... Dominique Ball

Alan C. Peterson ... Radovan Kristic (as A.C. Peterson)

Kristin Booth ... Wendy Carter (as Kristen Booth)

Charlotte Sullivan ... Fay

Tony Nappo ... Biker Cliff
Ron White ... Judge Wilson
David Gardner ... Grandpa Henry

Bryan Renfro ... Mr. Debrofkowitz
Max Dreesen ... Young Arthur

Matt Gordon ... Jerry

James Preston Rogers ... Biker Bob
Graham Abbey ... Constable Mike

Michael Cram ... Blake

Lyriq Bent ... Wayne

Tatiana Maslany ... Olga

Peter Stebbings ... Doctor

Dakota Goyo ... Jack Carter - 9

John Paul Ruttan ... Jack Carter - 4
Ryan Dineen ... Graffiti Artist (as Ryan Dineen a.k.a. Rons)

Jim Ladd ... Radio Announcer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cynthia Amsden ... Woman with Poinsettia (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Stebbings 
Writing credits
Peter Stebbings (written by)

Produced by
Tim Brown .... executive producer (as Tim J. Brown)
Sean Buckley .... executive producer
Joel Burch .... associate producer
Leah Jaunzems .... associate producer
John N. Kozman .... executive producer (as John Kozman)
Tim Merkel .... executive producer
Mark Slone .... executive producer
Nicholas Tabarrok .... producer (as Nicholas D. Tabarrok)
Original Music by
John Rowley (music composer)
Cinematography by
David Greene (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Geoff Ashenhurst 
Casting by
Sara Kay 
Nancy Klopper 
Jenny Lewis 
Production Design by
Oleg M. Savytski  (as Oleg Savytski)
Art Direction by
Anthony A. Ianni  (as Anthony Ianni)
Set Decoration by
Cheryl Dorsey 
Costume Design by
Gersha Phillips 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... first assistant hair stylist (as James Brown)
Linda Dowds .... key makeup artist
Liz Gruszka .... first assistant makeup artist (as Elizabeth Gruszka)
Diana Ladyshewsky .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Daniel Bekerman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Buckley .... second unit director
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Kira McCord .... trainee assistant director
Lawrence Ng .... assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Raj Singh .... third assistant director
Art Department
Artchild .... artist: Defendor mural
J.P. Dame .... set dresser
Ryan Dineen .... artist: Defendor mural (as Rons)
Mauro Iacobelli .... key painter
Alan Letts .... construction coordinator
Mario Moreira .... assistant prop master
James R. Murray .... property master (as Jim Murray)
John Rankin .... set dresser
Sean Scoffield .... graphic artist
Adam Smith .... specialty prop fabricator
Geoffrey Smith .... leadman (as Geoff Smith)
Rob Valeriote .... head carpenter
Dawna Weeks .... on-set dresser
Jennifer Wood .... set dec buyer
Sound Department
Tobias Bjarnason .... foley recordist (as Toby Bjarnason)
Tom Bjelic .... sound designer
Tom Bjelic .... sound effects editor
Pat Cassin .... boom operator
Greg Chapman .... sound mixer
Christian T. Cooke .... sound re-recording mixer (as Chris Cooke)
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Katie Halliday .... sound effects editor
Joel Katz .... adr recordist: Maui
Doug Latislaw .... adr recordist: Burbank
Dale Lennon .... dialogue & adr editor
Steve Moore .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim O'Connell .... foley artist
James Robb .... first assistant sound editor (as Jimmy Robb)
Lucas Roveda .... re-recording assistant
John Douglas Smith .... supervising sound editor (as John Smith)
Robert Woolfson .... sound mixer (as Rob Wolfson)
Special Effects by
Warren Appleby .... special effects coordinator
Tim Barraball .... special effects on-set key
David Allen Hill .... snow effects technician (as Dave Hill)
Gregory Jones .... snow effects technician (as Greg Jones)
John MacGillivray .... special effects first assistant
Fiona MacPherson .... special effects shop coordinator
Visual Effects by
Chris Abbas .... compositor
Andy Asperin .... lead 3D animator (as Andres Asperin)
Nadine Blackler .... compositor
Kyle Botha .... 3D artist
Stanislav Enilenis .... 3D effects technical director (as Stan Enilenis)
Elaine Fung .... 3D artist
Jason Giberson .... digital restoration artist
Sean Gilhooly .... visual effects coordinator
Louie Hinayo .... 3D animator
Milton Muller .... compositor
Gordon Oscar .... 3D artist
Richard Patterson .... CG supervisor
Vasho Pekar .... compositor
Kenton Rannie .... compositor
Adam Stern .... visual effects producer
Adam Stern .... visual effects supervisor
Brent Veal .... compositor
Tom Farr .... stunt rigger
Kelly Jones .... stunt rigger
Billy Oliver .... stunt double: Defendor
Bryan Renfro .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Billings .... key grip (as John Billings)
Sam Bojin .... best boy electric
Dave Bouskill .... electric
Carly Brenner .... camera trainee
Jayson Clute .... first assistant camera
Ciaran Copelin .... camera assistant
Ron Forward .... dolly grip
Peter Gmehling .... daily video playback
Tony Guerin .... camera operator
Greg Haddow .... electric
Colin Hoult .... director of photography: second unit
Marcel Janisse .... first assistant camera: prep
Lainie Knox .... camera operator: EPK
Marek Krawczyk .... lighting technician
Bernie Lalonde .... electric
Jason Lenoury .... best boy grip
Jeremy Lyall .... camera assistant
Mike McDonald .... key gaffer
Sheena Munroe .... camera loader
Steve Myers .... best boy electric (as Stephen Myers)
Doug Reid .... best boy grip (as Douglas Reid)
Herb Reischl Jr. .... rigging gaffer
Dana Rutledge .... second assistant camera
Tauqir Shah .... camera operator: EPK
Sean Skarupa .... generator operator
Jeremy Tabarrok .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Reg Waddell .... generator operator: night (as Reggie Waddell)
Ken Woroner .... still photographer (as Ken Woronor)
Casting Department
Rita Bertucci .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Trelawnie Mead .... costume truck supervisor
Bonnie Sutherland .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Louis Casado .... film timer: Technicolor Toronto
Michael Dobroski .... colourist: dailies, Technicolor Toronto (as Mike Dobroski)
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
Rob Gyorgy .... digital intermediate on-line editor: Technicolor Toronto (as Rev. Rob Gyorgy)
Graham Hoselton .... supervisor: front end, Technicolor Toronto
Jeremy Kay .... digital intermediate project coordinator: Technicolor Toronto
Mark Kueper .... digital intermediate colorist: Technicolor Toronto
Margaret Mansell .... digital film technician: Technicolor Toronto
Andrew Pascoe .... digital film supervisor: Technicolor Toronto
Brian Reid .... manager of digital imaging: Technicolor Toronto
Kurt Reid .... dailies assistant: Technicolor Toronto
Nicole Sison .... editing intern
Duff Smith .... editing intern
Music Department
Bernie Cisternas .... engineer: brass recordings
Charlie Finlay .... music editor
Jason Logue .... musician: trumpet
Gord Myers .... musician: trombone
Brian O'Kane .... musician: trumpet
John O'Mahony .... music mixer
Rebecca Pellett .... orchestrator: brass recordings
Rebecca Pellett .... producer: brass recordings
Terry Promane .... musician: trombone
John Rowley .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Rudy Baccuchi .... driver: W. Harrelson
Dave Kinnear .... driver: cast
Dwyane Mead .... transport co-captain
Bruce Raymer .... transportation coordinator
Reg Reynolds .... driver: honeywagon
Steven Sacrob .... transport captain (as Steve Sacrob)
Marco Sousa .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Chris Abbas .... title designer
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Peter Antal .... craft server
Timothy Ashley .... production intern
Daniel Baruela .... production intern
Jim Benson .... security
Jeff Brush .... craft server
Christina Buchli .... legal services
Brynn Byrne .... production intern
Aaron Champion .... assistant to producer
Adam Chuckryk .... stand-in: Defendor
Angela 'Mega' Clarke .... first assistant accountant (as Angela Clarke)
Jorge Contras .... location production assistant
Heather K. Dahlstrom .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Sarah Dodd .... story editor
Ricky Dogon .... production intern
Claude Forest .... insurance broker
Ashleigh Gillan .... stand-in: Kat
Doug Gillespie .... production accountant
Ryan Greig .... production intern
Sara Holmes .... post production accountant
Ryan Hupponen .... assistant production coordinator
Diana Jackson .... assistant: K. Dennings
Leah Jaunzems .... development executive: Darius Films
Susan R. Jones .... production coordinator
Patricia Joyes .... script supervisor
Jane Kim .... assistant: W. Harrelson
Dina Leal .... account manager: The National Bank of Canada
Jim Lovisek .... wrangler: animal/wasp
Robert Milicevic .... set security
Sonia Morris .... loan officer: The National Bank of Canada
Boramey Ngem .... production intern
Kyle O'Connor .... location manager
Daphne Park .... business affairs consultant
Michael Pivar .... production office assistant
Jarod Powell .... intern
Andrew Pritchard .... set production assistant
Katrina Saville .... assistant: P. Stebbings
Christopher Warre Smets .... epk producer
Lindsay Somers .... set medic
David Steinberg .... production legal: Heenan Blaikie
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Chris Trebilcock .... shadow director
Nick Veziris .... armorer
Eardley Wilmot .... location manager
Matthew Wygodny .... production office assistant (as Matt Wygodny)
Jimmy Ye .... audit & tax accounting: Kudlow & McCann
Igor Zambeli .... location production assistant
Shannon Chow .... set medic (uncredited)
William Barron .... very special thanks: without whose support this film would never have been made, Telefilm Canada
Isaac Clements .... very special thanks: without whose support this film would never have been made, Telefilm Canada
Ivonete de Sousa .... our thanks to: OMDC
John Galway .... our thanks to: The Harold Greenberg Fund
Martin Harbury .... our thanks to: OMDC
Andrea Langford .... our thanks to: The Movie Network
Dan Lyon .... very special thanks: without whose support this film would never have been made, Telefilm Canada
Michael Mabbott .... special thanks
Michelle Marion .... our thanks to: The Movie Network
Kathleen Meek .... our thanks to: The Movie Network
Anna Newallo .... our thanks to: OMDC
Karen Paré .... very special thanks: without whose support this film would never have been made, Telefilm Canada (as Karen Pare)
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy .... very special thanks: without whose support this film would never have been made, Telefilm Canada (as Carrie Paupst-Shaughnessy)

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Rated R for drug use and language throughout, violence and sexual content
101 min | Canada:95 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (edited TV version) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45809)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Apparent homage: The headline of a front page of a newspaper seen in the film reads, "HERO OR MENACE?". This is the same headline that appears in Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man" comic on the front page of The Daily Bugle newspaper.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Arthur makes a big deal about being called "DefenDOR", yet when he's talking with Kat, he calls himself "Defender".See more »
[first lines]
Dr. Park:Arthur? Arthur.
Arthur Poppington:Yeah.
Dr. Park:Are you thinking about the question?
Arthur Poppington:Mmm... Are you Japanese?
Dr. Park:No.
Arthur Poppington:Mieko Tatsuri is Japanese.
Dr. Park:Oh. Who is Mieko Tatsuri?
Arthur Poppington:Mmm... She's the leader of Blowback. Her father is a ninja and her mother is an alien from the gamma sector.
Dr. Park:Okay well, I'm Korean from Earth.
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174 out of 217 people found the following review useful.
Clever parody juxtaposed with intriguing self-reflexive darkness - an inspired revision of the superhero myth, 12 September 2009
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

Given the recent onslaught of superhero films hitting theatres, it would seem only natural to anticipate parodic responses to the genre, sending up its excesses and sillier elements. On the surface, it would appear that debut director Peter Stebbings' Defendor is exactly such a film, casting Woody Harrelson's oddball everyman as a surrogate crimefighter and exploiting his antics for humour in the vein of 1999's Mystery Men. And initially this is the approach the film itself appears gearing up to take, opening with a hysterical spoofing of overblown superhero film clichés, including rooftop billowing fog, high contrast city lights against nighttime darkness, and larger than life acrobatic feats ("always check the garbage days" moans a wounded Defendor after leaping off a rooftop into a dumpster recently emptied of garbage to cushion his fall). Such astute genre awareness combined with the wonderfully imaginative collection of Defendor's makeshift crimefighting weapons (including the most inspired use of marbles seen in ages) could easily have assured for an hour and a half of lighthearted, enjoyable cinematic fun.

But Stebbings' film has grander ambitions than a mere surface level parody, which subtly unfold as the film progresses. As the laughs slowly become fewer and fewer, Defendor's narrative becomes steadily more engrossing, settling on a tone pitched halfway between exhilarating crime/mystery thriller and poignant character study, as the viewer is led increasingly to question Defendor's mental stability, and even the ethics of his imbalanced war against injustice. While such transitioning between tones could prove a dangerous stumbling ground, Stebbings is careful to distinguish between his darker themes and moments of levity, utilizing dashes of all too real violence to savagely undercut the fantasy or parodic elements. For all Defendor's silliness, it certainly packs a brutal punch when necessary.

Of course, being the work of a first time director, one would expect the occasional fumble, and Stebbings' film does lose its way for a period nearing the climax, meandering somewhat and losing its rhythm. Nonetheless, an emerging subplot musing on the roots and importance of heroism (clearly borrowing amply from Christopher Nolan's recent two Batman reboots among other sources) which could have been the clumsiest addition to the movie actually emerges as surprisingly tasteful and functional, adding more nuance and complexity to the unfolding film without coming across as excessively pretentious. Completing the package is the wonderfully grandiose musical score by John Rowley, managing to perfectly encompass each tonal shift, whether gleefully riffing on superhero musical motifs or offering something more profound and honest, either way adding welcome depth and volume to a film already far from lacking in either.

The casting of Woody Harrelson as the titular hapless crimefighter also proves a stroke of genius, as Harrelson's naturally wacky yet powerful charisma exemplifies the essence of the film, beautifully blending child-like emotional simplicity, tenacious determination and enough flat out weirdness to make it all ring true, as well as an inspired ripoff of Christian Bale's now iconic Batman voice. Kat Dennings is equally delightful to watch as a young prostitute who may be either befriending or manipulating Defendor, warping her naturally quirky and spunky energy into something darker, yet just as resonant. Elias Koteas essays antagonistic clichés with the utmost grotesque skill as a crooked cop, and Michael Kelly reconciles a weakly written role with a gruff credibility as Defendor's employer and solitary friend. Finally, Sandra Oh is superb in her few scenes as Defendor's psychological examiner, infusing impressive dramatic tension with moments of deadpan humour, and bringing welcome life to the film.

It would be easy to compare Defendor as a film to its protagonist: slightly cumbersome and prone to stumbling at times, yet cleverly self-aware, comical yet with layers of unexpected darkness, and overall encompassed by such an infectious sense of classic, cheesy charm that it is near impossible not to love in the end. Whether taken as a superhero parody, straight out superhero film or character study (or ultimately all three), Defendor proves a highly enjoyable success, and one easily worth a watch.


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