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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:

Justice is blind. So is he. 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:

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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Trivia

Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. The Kingpin, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #50 in 1967. It wasn't until Daredevil #170 in 1981, when Frank Miller was writing, that he tangled with Daredevil, and since then, he became a major part of the Daredevil comics. See more »

Goofs

The 'image' that Matt 'sees' using raindrops is inaccurate. Any surface parallel to the direction of the rain would be a blank, as well as any features shielded by another. (I.e.: Chin details would be obscured by the nose and cheeks. No raindrops would fall on the chin.) See more »

Quotes

Bullseye: [screams] My hands! My hands! You took away my hands... show mercy?
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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

During post-production, 20th Century Fox UK sought and was given advice about classification from the BBFC. After receiving that advice, the company chose to make cuts to the film for release in the UK and as a result the UK cinema version differs from the US cinema version. The changes occur in two scenes:
  • in the fight between Elektra and Bullseye the UK version lacks all sight of a dagger sticking through Elektra's hand and all sight of her removing the dagger from her hand.
  • Secondly, in the fight between Daredevil and Kingpin the UK version lacks a headbutt and has the sound of breaking bones partially obscured by a crack of thunder. For the home video release, 20th Century Fox submitted the uncut version and the BBFC passed it with no cuts. Therefore, home video/DVD releases in the UK are uncut.
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Connections

References Sanford and Son (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Lapdance
Written by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Gene Elliot Thornton
Performed by N.E.R.D. featuring Lee Harvey and Vita
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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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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