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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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Taglines:

A daring new vison (Director's cut) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

20th Century Fox first acquired the rights to Daredevil from Marvel in 1997. Chris Columbus was initially attached to direct. The following year, Marvel was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, so Fox let the option slide. Disney then expressed an interest in the character, but that didn't pan out. Mark Steven Johnson realized his life's ambition in 1999, when Marvel assigned the rights to Sony, and he was hired to write the screenplay. However, the following year, Sony put the project in turnaround. It was picked up by New Regency with Fox distributing, but Johnson found himself having to (successfully) re-pitch himself for the writing and directing gig. See more »

Goofs

After Quesada's trial, Matt and Froggy are upset that "another scumbag rapist" was going free. This would seem to indicate a criminal proceeding. If that's so, they would not be prosecuting the case. A district attorney would. Conversely if the trial is civil (as it appears to be since the victim is at the table with the lawyers) then the outcome of the trial would have no bearing on whether Quesada went free or not. 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

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

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

Referenced in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang On
Written by Shaun Welgemued, Dale Stewart
Performed by Seether
Produced by Jay Baumgardner
Seether performs courtesy of Wind-up Entertainment, Inc.
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Better than Spiderman, in my opinion...
19 February 2003 | by perniSee all my reviews

Where Spiderman was colorful and almost cartoonish, Daredevil is gritty and merciless. Whatever you thought couldn't happen in Peter Parker's world will more than likely happen in Matt Murdock's neck of the woods. Because people die here. Sometimes they die slowly and painfully. The superheroes go home with scars on their backs, broken teeth, and more than a few gruesome images that need to be repressed. For all of these reasons I liked Daredevil, because it takes chances by offering a hero that is by no means invincible or conventional.

The origin story of the character Daredevil is pretty complicated, but, as the helpful gentleman in the theater so aptly put it, "He's blind, but he can see stuff blind." Let's just leave it at this: As a kid, Matt Murdock was blinded by radioactive material in a freak accident. This caused his other senses to become phenomenally acute, to the point where Matt can track criminals by their scent and use sound waves as a sort of radar. He uses his newfound abilities to protect those who will not be protected by the justice system, all the while hoping that one day he will find the person who killed his father.

If you're a fan of the first two Batman movies, you'll find a lot to love in Daredevil. There are still some comic book elements that require some suspension of disbelief, like the fact that Matt could construct an entire high-tech lair beneath a church while working as a pro-bono lawyer, but the movie is not fantasy-driven. The fight scenes will make you wince at their realism, the love story is not corny or forced (as opposed to a certain flick called Just Married), and the characters are complex, uncertain people who just happen to don masks and fight on rooftops.

Do you remember the parts in the old Christopher Reeve Superman movies where Clark would hear someone crying for help in the distance? He would always be having dinner with Lois Lane at the time, and had to make up some dumb excuse for ditching the scene like, "Oh! I just forgot. I have a book due at the library." Then he would dash off to save the day, leaving Lois high and dry. Well, in today's feature, Matt hears someone crying for help, but when his love interest, Elektra, asks him to stay, he actually does. With out-of-left-field scenes like this, I couldn't help but enjoy Daredevil.

Some might be surprised at how little screen time the villains get in this movie. Kingpin, a Don Giovini mobster type, and Bullseye, an Irish nut with a couple of loose screws, are important parts of our story, but they don't steal the show. Going back to the Batman comparison, many movie buffs think that Jack Nicholson's role as the joker actually become more interesting than the winged knight himself. Not so in this movie, as Daredevil is the guy whom the role shebang revolves around. By deciding to focus on the hero more than the villain, the audience can get into his head and root for him to the last battle. Matt is a cool guy because he's not a wealthy playboy or Kryptonian who can smash through walls. Other than his heightened senses and combat skills, he's just a regular guy who happens to like read leather.

After X-Men and Spiderman became huge hits, it was expected that Hollywood would start churning out more superhero flicks as fast as they could make them. Thankfully, Daredevil doesn't seem recycled or rushed and actually brings something new to the table.


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