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Hellboy (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy, Horror | 2 April 2004 (USA)
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A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hellboy
... Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
... Liz Sherman
... John Myers
... Grigori Rasputin
... Tom Manning
... Abe Sapien
... Sammael
Ladislav Beran ... Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
... Ilsa Haupstein (as Bridget Hodson)
... Agent Clay
Kevin Trainor ... Young "Broom"
... Agent Lime
... Agent Moss
Stephen Fisher ... Agent Quarry
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Storyline

In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil. Written by Brian Barjenbruch

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and frightening images | See all certifications »

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2 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,172,440, 4 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$59,623,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,414,250
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(DTS HD Master Audio 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was Del Toro's idea for Kroenen to have a mechanical hand. See more »

Goofs

Hellboy is fireproof. He isn't affected by fire in any of the scenes in the whole movie. Yet after Hellboy emerges from under the train in scene nine, he touches his stunted horns which are now scalding hot and reacts in pain. See more »

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Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, a classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic, they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of ...
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Crazy Credits

Under the "Special Thanks To" - Erik Irastorza who was born during our shoot. See more »

Connections

Spin-off The B.P.R.D. Declassified (2004) See more »

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Breathe In
Written by James Grundler
Performed by Paloalto
Courtesy of American Recordings, L.L.C. & The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great entertainment delivered in a visually stylish package
20 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Guillermo Del Toro's "Hellboy" is really the sort of comic book adaptation that should be commonplace- a film that feels every bit like a comic book in its energy, style, and visual feel, but is entirely worthy on a cinematic level as well.

Sadly, "Hellboy" doesn't really have much of a plot, at least for half of its running time. Its first hour is Hellboy fighting squids and the mandatory character introductions, and its second hour feels pretty rushed as a result, having to introduce and resolve the bulk of the film's story. Thankfully, however, "Hellboy" avoids the comic book-to-film cliché of basing the first film of any given franchise on the 'superhero origin story' (not that Hellboy is much of a superhero, he's really just a smartass with a gun, except he's from hell), instead keeping all that to a short and dazzling pre-credits sequence. Other than the somewhat rushed and oddly-placed plot aspects, Del Toro's screenplay is fairly impressive, providing plenty of nods towards the comics and a good amount of wit and humor, also echoing the nature of Mike Mignola's work.

The most impressive aspects of "Hellboy" are Del Toro's direction and Guillermo Navarro's photography. Del Toro was always a superb director in terms of visuals, although I've had issues with several of his scripts. His most accomplished film to date in this regard would probably be the superb "The Devil's Backbone", but "Hellboy" shows that he has a surprising knack for directing action in a fluid manner without resorting to the cheap method of quick cutting. Also notable in terms of Del Toro's work here is how he subtly manages to pay homage to the memorable artwork of the comics, for example the overhead shots of Hellboy.

The CGI effects are quite good considering the film's relatively modest budget, and thankfully they don't form the basis for much of this film. The cast are all solid if not fantastic, although Ron Perlman is probably the best actor I can think of to play Hellboy. The final shot is beautiful and perfectly in keeping with the pulp poetry of not only this film but also the comics it is based on.

8/10


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