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The Spirit (1987)

A legally dead police detective decides to battle crime as a masked superhero.

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Michael Schultz

Writers:

Will Eisner (characters), Steven E. de Souza
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sam J. Jones ... Spirit / Denny Colt (as Sam Jones)
Nana Visitor ... Ellen Dolan
Bumper Robinson ... Eubie
Garry Walberg ... Commissioner Dolan
Les Lannom ... Officer King
Laura Robinson Laura Robinson ... P'Gell Roxton (as McKinlay Robinson)
Daniel Davis ... Simon Teasdale
Philip Baker Hall ... Sevrin
John Allen John Allen ... Bruno
Sarah Dammann Thomas Sarah Dammann Thomas ... Hilde (as Sarah Dammann)
Janet Rotblatt ... Victim
Ernestine Mercer Ernestine Mercer ... Martha
Annibal Llende Annibal Llende ... Ricardo
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Storyline

When Denny Colt, detective for the Central City Police Department, survives an assassination attempt by criminals, he is still believed by the public to be dead. He decides to use to his advantage, since being "dead", he isn't subject to the rules that bind regular cops. To this end, he equips an abandoned tomb in a graveyard into a residence and headquarters and prepares for a new career. With that, he becomes the Spirit, a mysterious crime fighter whose only costume is a blue business suit, fedora hat and a little eye mask. His first major case pits him against P'Gell, a femme fatal who has criminal designs on the city. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duh See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This TV movie almost didn't get seen at all. Due to a write-in campaign and a circulated petition it was aired on ABC TV in 1986, a full year after its making, and was a pilot for what could have become a series. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen climbs the fire escape she is wearing flats. Inside the factory she's in heels. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Dolan: Do I look like the kind of girl who goes around undressing men?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Feels like an 80s music video
28 March 2016 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This is an origin story, but does not dwell much on the character's origins. You get to see the moment he decides to become The Spirit, but not much of his story before that. The case he's trying to solve involves the curator of a museum being involved in criminal activity. The character himself is dumb, clumsy, and at times quite rude. It's hard to see why one should sympathize much with him.

The best thing with this movie (TV pilot) is also one of the things that makes it hard to take it seriously: it looks more like a music video then an action story. A bit similar to the Schumacher Batman-movies at times, while at other times it looks like any 80s TV-series. Especially the graveyard set reminds me of something like Michael Jackson's Thriller.

So is it worth a watch? Maybe if you have some sort of relationship with The Spirit, or if you like movies based on comic books. It's typical for its era, but that's about the only interesting thing about it.


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