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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.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Perlman ... Hellboy
John Hurt ... Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Selma Blair ... Liz Sherman
Rupert Evans ... John Myers
Karel Roden ... Grigori Rasputin
Jeffrey Tambor ... Tom Manning
Doug Jones ... Abe Sapien
Brian Steele ... Sammael
Ladislav Beran ... Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
Biddy Hodson ... Ilsa Haupstein (as Bridget Hodson)
Corey Johnson ... Agent Clay
Kevin Trainor ... Young "Broom"
Brian Caspe ... Agent Lime
James Babson ... Agent Moss
Stephen Fisher ... Agent Quarry
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Storyline

At the end of World War II, Nazi officers Karl Ruprecht Kroenen and Ilsa Haupstein start an experiment to raise the forces of Hell trough Russian dark mystic Rasputin on a Scottish island, but it's interrupted by an allied commando guided by professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm. He prevents killing the human-demonic half-blood, which was accidentally created and raises this "Hellboy", while rising to head of a secret C.I.A.-linked U.S. agency Bureau of Paranormal Research, which secretly studies and uses the occult, including supernatural freaks. As "father" Broom is aging, he hand-picks brilliant, sensitive Agent John Myers as new minder-companion, as regular "warrior" Agent Clay can't empathize and lacks flexibility mental. Hellboy is quite a handful, regularly spotted by worried civilians on unauthorized excursions, especially to pyro-telekinetic freak friend in a mental asylum. Johnny, Hellboy, and Clay team up on missions against paranormal threats with aquatic-bionic freak Abe ... Written by KGF Vissers

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From the Dark Side to Our Side See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

None of the cast member's names are written on the promotional posters, mentioned in the trailers, nor shown in the opening credits for this movie. See more »

Goofs

Underground, just after Abe is injured underwater, and the two agents are killed, Hellboy is walking into a room. As he enters, his RIGHT hand is normal and holding his gun. Just after he approaches the table, now, his LEFT hand is normal and holding the gun. His large hand has changed sides. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The Hellboy 3-disc director's cut DVD is ten minutes longer. (132 minute director's cut versus 122 minute regular version). Restores a few deleted/extended scenes back into the movie. See more »

Connections

References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy Come, Easy Go
Written by Edward Heyman and Johnny Green (as John Green)
Performed by Johnny Crawford
Courtesy of Centropolis Records
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B+ Good script, well-paced, overall very entertaining.
13 April 2004 | by yak-yakSee all my reviews

Hellboy is a well-balanced and very well-paced movie that avoids tiresome action movie content (mostly).

Script: Very efficient. The snappy-attitude lines are allowable because of Hellboy's partially juvenile personality.

Acting: I credit Pearlman for presenting a complete character without being gabby and coy. Well-done. Almost all of the other significant characters are equally well-presented by their respective actors, save for one. del Toro certainly dropped the ball in writing/directing that character (though I won't mention who so as not to give anything away). He messed up only one character, and I forgive him. Nobody's perfect.

Casting: Appropriate.

Pace/balance: The movie reminded me of X2 in this respect. It moved well, didn't get stalled anywhere, and both the action and drama were moderated with smooth transitions between each.

For comparison, Spiderman was good but overacted, X2 was good but with a few eye-rolling moments.

Overall, I found this movie provided high entertainment value. B+


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Country:

USA

Language:

German | Latin | English | Russian

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,172,440, 4 April 2004

Gross USA:

$59,623,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,378,985
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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