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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the streets have gone to Hell - have faith in the Devil. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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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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Company Credits

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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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Trivia

Natassia Malthe auditioned for the role of Elektra Natchios. She would go on to play the role of Typhoid in the spin-off Elektra (2005). See more »

Goofs

The damage Elektra's weapon does to Daredevil's shoulder should be rendering the arm of any human more or less useless (not to mention the effects of the blood loss!), will or strength regardless. Yet he continues to raise his arm, swing it about, use it in fights and even to support his entire body weight! At the very least there should be a tear in his costume from the penetration, but there is none. See more »

Quotes

[Matt has taken Elektra up the roof, and it is about to rain]
Matt Murdock: When it rains, it's like there's a rooftop on the world. Each raindrop makes a sound the first time it falls on a surface. Just then, it's like I... it's like I can see again. And I... I just wanna... I just wanna see you.
Elektra: [smiles] Okay.
Matt Murdock: Look. Here it comes.
[it begins to rain, and Matt can now 'see' her]
Matt Murdock: My God... you are so beautiful.
[He kisses her. Then Matt hears men fighting down on the street and pulls away from her]
Elektra: What? Matt, ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a sequence of dark skyscrapers. There are lit windows in the skyscrapers, which turn into Braille letters which then become English letters spelling out the main cast - later on, the supporting cast and production crew are directly formed in English from the window. See more »

Alternate Versions

The R-rated director's cut contains 30 minutes of extra footage. In addition to the added material, some footage was removed. The following is a list of the changes between the PG-13 and R rated versions:
  • The confession booth scenes between Father Steven and Matt Murdock have been removed.
  • The love scene between Elektra and Matt Murdock has also been removed.
  • A flashback scene where young Matt is seen with his adopted mother featured in the comic books.
  • There are more scenes involving The Kingpin at his most vicious, at point killing two of his own bodyguards by breaking their necks.
  • The introduction of Bullseye arriving at the airport and going through a metal detector.
  • The fight scene in the playground with Matt and Elektra is longer.
  • The scene in the bar where Daredevil takes out the bikers is longer and more violent.
  • An exchange during the Natchios' party where Foggy and Wesley have a verbal exchange, that ends by Foggy saying "What a dick."
  • The scene where Matt returns from his battle in the opening of the film, he is seen in his apartment pouring Epsom salt into the water of his coffin and as he is about to lay down he starts to hear noises and sounds from the outside world as far as seeing a woman crawling on the floor and ends by him laying down inside the coffin and the top sealing.
  • The subplot involving the character of Daunte Jackson (Coolio) who is accused of a murder is reintroduced in it's entirety with Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson defending him.
  • Matt and Foggy break into the apartment of Lisa Tazio, the murder victim in the Daunte Jackson trial and finding a clue.
  • A late night scene where Foggy is working at the office trying to figure out the clue found in Tazio's apartment in which Karen (Ellen Pompeo) discovers the answer.
  • The scene in the morgue with Ben Urich and Kirby is longer in which Foggy ends up calling him on his cell phone and telling him about who murdered his informant from the clue that Matt had found in the murder victim's apartment.
  • More scenes between Matt and Ben discussing some personal issues.
  • Matt interrogating a corrupt police officer played by Jude Cicolella by smashing his car in a parking lot.
  • The scene where Bullseye demands his own costume is restored to "I want a fucking costume" as opposed to the theatrical version where he says "I want a bloody costume"
  • The fight between Elektra and Bullseye is longer and ends with Bullseye giving her a kiss before he throws her onto the roof of the adjacent building.
  • The final confrontation between Daredevil and The Kingpin is longer and more brutal.
  • During the finale, Daunte Jackson celebrates his acquittal by hugging Foggy on the steps of the courthouse as Matt looks on and the scene shifts with Matt walking by the church where he sees father Steven after the afternoon mass had ended.
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Connections

References Batman Returns (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Faraway
Written by Ali Dee and Vincent Alfieri
Performed by Dara Shindler
Courtesy of Deetown Entertainment
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One of Hollywood's best recent comic book movies.
27 November 2004 | by crowrobotSee all my reviews

'Daredevil' is a comic book movie that, although the source material is not as well known as 'Spider-Man" or 'X-Men', is pretty good in and of itself. I've never read the comic book, but I do know the character, and I was quite surprised at how good this movie was. The film begins with the origin of Daredevil: Young Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that, although he can no longer see, amplifies his other four senses: touch, taste, smell, and hear. We flash-forward to the present day, and Matt (Ben Affleck) now leads a double life as both a lawyer and Daredevil, a vigilante who cracks down hard on the city's criminals. Matt soon gets entangled in a murder plot involving the beautiful Elektra (Jennifer Garner), the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) of New York's criminal underworld, and Kingpin's assassin Bullseye (Colin Farrell), who boasts, "I never miss." Overall, the film is consistently entertaining, with both high-adrenaline action scenes and quieter, more dramatic ones. All the performances are excellent: Affleck, who I never saw in a movie before this, is perfect as the tortured soul who is Matt Murdock and Daredevil. Jennifer Garner is also great as love interest Elektra, and one of the movie's best scenes involves a playful fight between Matt and Elektra in the park when he wants to know her name. Colin Farrell is electrifying as the cocky and arrogant Bullseye, and we actually get to hear Farrell's native Irish accent, which he almost never uses in his other movies. Michael Clarke Duncan is an enormous presence as the film's main villain, and I was constantly thinking: He's huge! Joe Pantoliano has a nice supporting role as Ben Urich, a reporter who publishes stories about Daredevil, and Jon Favreau is humorous as Matt's legal partner. All in all, 'Daredevil' is one of the best comic book movies since the original 'Batman'. 10/10.


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