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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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nazi | demon | superhero | hero | assassin | See All (197) »

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In the Absence of Light Darkness Prevails 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

For years, fans of Ron Perlman have noticed similarities between Ron and experimental rock/jazz/industrial musician Tom Waits. When Agent Myers first enters the vault to meet Hellboy for the first time, Tom Waits "Heartattack and Vine" song (from the album of the same name) can be heard playing. Perhaps a joke by Perlman and Guillermo del Toro, regarding the similarities in appearances. Tom filmed a music video for "Goin' Out West" from his Bone Machine album, where his resemblance to Ron has been mentioned over the years. See more »

Goofs

When Ilsa offers the gold to the Russian general in the freight container with the Tunguska artifact, she presents the suitcase with one hand. However, this amount of gold would be too heavy to be lifted with one hand - at least for a person of her stature. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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

The film title is formed from a cathedral passageway, accompanied by documents of Hellboy's sightings. 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

Referenced in Face Off: Subterranean Terror (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

We'll Meet Again
Written by Ross Parker and Hugh Charles
Performed by Vera Lynn
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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23 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

I've been slowly making my way through Guillermo del Toro's catalogue of movies and this is my first time watching Hell Boy. If you're a Del Toro fan, then this one won't disappoint. He's such a superior director - he adds artistry to this action film through his use of shot making, pacing and colour. At times, the dialogue attempts to be a bit too cute and the love story adds little to the plot, but overall, it's a fun movie that doesn't try to overextend itself.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellboy See more »

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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