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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime | 14 February 2003 (USA)
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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 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 »

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Action | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Colin Farrell was considered for the part of Daredevil, until Ben Affleck signed on the dotted line. Ironically enough, Farrell eventually established the part of Bullseye, for which Affleck was considered. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 2 mins) When Bullseye follows Elektra and her father on a motorcycle, and gets kicked off by Daredevil, we clearly see that he's not holding anything. In the CG and live-action stunt, Bullseye does not hold anything in either hand, yet in the close-up he holds up Daredevil's baton (just after he says, "Drop something?"). See more »

Quotes

Ben Urich: Go get 'em, Matt.
Daredevil: [nods] Hell's Kitchen is my neighborhood. I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night, watching from the darkness. Forever in darkness. A guardian devil.
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Crazy Credits

For the first time, a sound effect of pages turning is added to the Marvel logo (aptly for a blind superhero who works through a radar sense). 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 Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Right Before Your Eyes
Music by Daniel Estrin
Lyrics by Douglas Robb (as Doug Robb)
Performed by Hoobastank
Produced by Rich Costey
Hoobastank performs 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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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:

$40,310,419, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$102,543,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,179,718
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2.35 : 1
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