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Daredevil (2003)

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A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

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Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Jennifer Garner ... Elektra Natchios
Colin Farrell ... Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin
Jon Favreau ... Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson
Scott Terra ... Young Matt
Ellen Pompeo ... Karen Page
Joe Pantoliano ... Ben Urich
Leland Orser ... Wesley Owen Welch
Lennie Loftin ... Nick Manolis
Erick Avari ... Nikolas Natchios
Derrick O'Connor ... Father Everett
Paul Ben-Victor ... Jose Quesada
David Keith ... Jack Murdock
Frankie J. Allison Frankie J. Allison ... Abusive Father (as Frankie Jay Allison)
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Storyline

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

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Justice is blind. So is he. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Italian

Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daredevil: A Daring New Vision See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,033,454, 16 February 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$102,543,520, 13 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,179,718, 6 June 2013
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the first time Colin Farrell ever used his own Irish accent in an American movie. See more »

Goofs

When Murdock is throwing a fit in his costume closet, he fails to knock off one of his walking sticks from its peg, but moments later the peg is empty. See more »

Quotes

Bullseye: I missed... I never miss.
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene in the closing credits: Bullseye is in a hospital ward with a full-body cast, but is able to use a syringe to take out a fly. See more »

Alternate Versions

The first two cuts of the film submitted to the MPAA received R-ratings. Additional edits were needed to get the PG-13. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Bleed for Me
Written by Josey Scott, Chris D'Abaldo, Wayne Swinney, David Novotny, Paul Crosby and Bob Marlette
Performed by Saliva
Courtesy of Island Records
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Daring to Be Excellent.
27 April 2003 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

A disturbingly dark and heavy superhero flick that becomes one of the better (if not the very best) films of one of the cinema's newer sub-genres by its finale. "Daredevil" is one of the best surprises of recent memory (I was expecting something similar to "The Shadow" or "The Phantom"). A young boy (Scott Terra) thinks his ex-boxer father (David Keith) is the greatest person on Earth. Terra is shocked though when he discovers that his father is little more than a thug, an enforcer in a rough neighborhood that preys on those who owe money to underworld syndicates. A freak accident soon follows that leaves the youth blind. Keith is grief-stricken and promises his son that he will change his colors. A bond that is stronger than ever then comes together, but evil forces lurk when Keith makes a comeback in the boxing ring and refuses to take a dive for those same criminals he once worked for. Tragedy does strike once again for the youth and he is forced to grow up quicker than most other children. The blindness leads to a strange type of radar sense which causes the character to know all that is going on around him. He then becomes versed in acrobatic martial arts and vows to take revenge on all those wrong-doers in New York City as he grows up to become a lawyer (in the form of Ben Affleck). Only Catholic priest Derrick O'Connor knows the real truth about Affleck and proves to be the father figure that the character desperately needs. Affleck learns that there is a new crime boss in town (a much heavier Michael Clarke Duncan of "The Green Mile" fame) as he falls in love with the ridiculously athletic Jennifer Garner. Garner's shady father though (Erick Avari) becomes Duncan's newest target. Thus more drama begins to take place as Duncan calls in super-villain Bull's Eye (a scene-stealing performance by Colin Farrell) in Ireland to cause more havoc in the city and kill the titled character for good. The thing that separates "Daredevil" from most every other film of its type is the fact that the film is as serious as a heart attack throughout. The "Batman" series became ridiculous because of its over-the-top comedy and most other superhero films lack believability and substance. "Daredevil" is amazingly realistic and its tone makes it a strikingly dramatic experience that has very few equals. All the performances are outstanding and the film's direction lifts an admittedly flawed screenplay (the screenplay does not work as well as it should due to the possibility of more installments). A smashing soundtrack and gloomy cinematography complete the impressive production. A daring film that ends up being an overwhelming success. 4 stars out of 5.


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