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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 31 wins & 49 nominations.
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Chris Ambrose ...
Superman
Joey Krajcar ...
Batman
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Robin
Cameron Carter ...
Green Lantern
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Young Harvey
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Housewife
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Harvey Pekar
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Real Harvey
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Interviewer (voice)
Larry John Meyers ...
Throat Doctor (as Larry John Myers)
Vivienne Benesch ...
Lana
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Nurse
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Mr. Boats
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Marty
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Robert Crumb
Eli Ganias ...
Pahls
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Old Jewish Lady
Rebecca Borger ...
Cashier
Nick Baxter ...
Mattress Guy #1
Allen Branstein ...
Mattress Guy #2
Dick Prochaska ...
WW II Patient
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Doctor
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Toby Radloff
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Bob The Director
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Real Toby
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Counter Girl
Maggie Moore ...
Alice Quinn
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Joyce Brabner
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Rand
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Cheery Waitress
Joyce Brabner ...
Real Joyce
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Stage Actor Harvey
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Stage Actor Joyce
Eytan Mirsky ...
Guitarist
Rob Grader ...
Stage Manager
Terrence Sullivan ...
Letterman Regular
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MTV Director
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Yuppie
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Miguel
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Talk Show Host
Ola Creston ...
PA #1
Robert J. Williams ...
Cancer Doctor
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Fred
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Danielle
Danielle Batone ...
Real Danielle
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Letterman Regular Voice (voice)
Todd Cummings ...
Talk Show Host Voice (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Cashier (uncredited)
Marcus Wynnycky ...
Comic Book Fan (uncredited)

Directed by

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Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini

Written by

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Harvey Pekar ... (comic book series American Splendor)
Joyce Brabner ... (comic book series Our Cancer Year)
 
Shari Springer Berman ... (written by) &
Robert Pulcini ... (written by)

Produced by

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Declan Baldwin ... line producer: New York
Ted Hope ... producer
Julia King ... associate producer
Christine K. Walker ... line producer (as Christine Kunewa Walker)

Music by

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Mark Suozzo

Cinematography by

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Terry Stacey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Pulcini

Editorial Department

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Alfredo Frasson ... color timer
Mitchell Gutman ... post-production intern
Linus Hume ... post-production coordinator
Julia King ... post-production supervisor
Catherine Rankin ... negative cutter
Tim Streeto ... additional editor
Mila Patriki ... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Andrew Seklir ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ann Goulder

Production Design by

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Thérèse DePrez ... (as Thérèse Deprez)

Art Direction by

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Michael Krantz ... (uncredited) (reshoots)

Set Decoration by

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Robert DeSue ... (as Robert Desue)

Costume Design by

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Michael Wilkinson

Makeup Department

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Luisa Abel ... makeup department head
Deanna ... hair department head (as R. Deanna)
Deborah Lilly ... hair swing (as Deborah R. Lilly) / makeup swing (as Deborah R. Lilly)
Kathy Madison ... additional hair / additional makeup

Production Management

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Janet Fries Eckholm ... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles (as Janet Eckholm)
Chip Signore ... unit production manager: New York
Andy Wheeler ... production supervisor
Pamela Winn-Barnett ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Eric Richard Lasko ... second second assistant director (as Eric Lasko)
Matt G. Sheets ... additional second assistant director
Chip Signore ... first assistant director
Meryl Stavitz ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Doug Allen ... original artwork
Greg Budgett ... original artwork
John Alan Champion ... swing gang (as John Champion)
Robert Crumb ... original artwork (as R. Crumb)
Gary Dumm ... original artwork
Jack Gardener ... swing gang (as Jack Gardner)
Jason Gerstein ... original artwork
Mindy Harris ... property master
Dean Haspiel ... original artwork
Matt Hausmann ... art department intern
Todd Heckeler ... art department intern
Kenneth J. Kellers ... leadman (as Kenneth Kellers)
Lynn Kramer ... props assistant
Donald Leigl ... swing gang (as Donald J. Liegl)
Dustin Lucien ... art department intern
Dean Macur ... props assistant
Shaina Malkin ... art department intern
Deborah Marsh ... art department coordinator
David W. Mooney ... swing gang
Beth O'Brien ... art department intern
Mike O'Neill ... art department intern
Erika Rice ... swing gang
Joe Sacco ... original artwork
Gerry Shamray ... original artwork
Frank Stack ... original artwork
Tema L. Staig ... assistant to production designer (as Tema Levine)
Diana Stoughton ... on-set dresser
Matthew T. ... art department production assistant
James E. Todd ... swing gang
Joe Zabel ... original artwork
Mark Zingarelli ... original artwork: "Our Movie Year"

Sound Department

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Ron Bochar ... re-recording mixer
Mick Davies ... boom operator (as Michael B. Davies)
Chris Fielder ... transfer assistant
Albert Gasser ... dialogue editor
Ruth Hernandez ... first sound assistant
George A. Lara ... foley supervisor
Whit Norris ... sound mixer
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Anne Pope ... dialogue editor
Nicholas Renbeck ... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey Stern ... adr editor (as Jeff Stern)
Allan Zaleski ... sound effects editor
Alexa Zimmerman ... first sound assistant
Rick Ash ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jamie Baker ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Glen Marullo ... sound mixer (uncredited)
Unsun Song ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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John Kuramoto ... animator: Twinkle / compositor: Twinkle
Gary Leib ... animator: Twinkle / designer: Twinkle
Patrick Clancey ... digital opticals (uncredited)
John R. Ellis ... digital cleanup artist (uncredited)
Steven J. Scott ... digital intermediate colorist: EFilm (uncredited)
Michael J. Williams ... digital opticals: Heavy Light Digital (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ian Axilrod ... camera loader
Ian Carmody ... camera intern / stills photographer: credit sequence stills
Oliver Cary ... first assistant camera
Joe Cassano ... dolly grip: "a" camera
John Clifford ... stills photographer
Chuck Cocita ... additional electric
Kiely Cronin ... camera operator: "b" camera (as W. Kiely Cronin) / second assistant camera (as W. Kiely Cronin)
Steve Drellich ... camera operator
Alex Esber ... camera operator: "b" camera / second assistant camera
Dan Jarrell ... key grip
Matthew Jennings ... best boy grip (as Matthew E. Jennings)
Julie 'Doc' Lindstrom ... company electric (as Julie Ann 'Doc' Lindstrom)
Alex Mangen ... camera loader
Joseph L. McDermott ... additional grip
George McDougal ... additional electric (as George McDougall)
Frank McKeon ... additional electric
Pat Meehan ... 24 frame playback
Jonathan Meyer ... additional grip
Keith Nickoson ... company grip
Lester Parker ... company electric
Steve Ramsey ... gaffer (as Steven Ramsey)
Christy Taddeo ... additional electric
Michael F. Taylor ... additional grip
John Turk ... additional electric
Adam N. White ... additional grip (as Adam White)
Russ Wulf ... best boy electric (as Russell O. Wulff)
Jack Yager ... company grip
Ron Zabarsky ... additional electrician (as Ronald Zabarsky)
Rebecca Venezia ... assistant camera: New York (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Elizabeth Baird ... principals casting assistant (as Liz Baird)
Sarah Katherine Christie ... casting assistant
Kendall Embrescia ... extras casting assistant
Marcy Ronen ... extras casting: Cleveland

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kim Andrews ... costume assistant (as Kimberly Andrews)
Robin Fields ... key costumer (as Robin K. Fields)
Murshel Lewis ... costume supervisor (as Murshel C. Lewis)
Sarah Silver ... wardrobe intern
Adrienne Brown ... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Ashley Harrington ... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jeremy Bailey ... assistant location manager
Joe Cortese ... location production assistant
Michael Rochford ... location manager (as Michael M. Rochford)
Becky Woodward ... additional location production assistant

Music Department

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Sanford Allen ... featured musician: violin solo/concertmaster
John Beal ... featured musician: bass
Linda Cohen ... music supervisor
Dave Douglas ... featured musician: trumpet
Butch Jones ... additional music recordist: Back Pocket Recording Studios
Evyen Klean ... music consultant
Bob Malach ... featured musician: tenor sax
Josh Rosenblum ... additional conductor
Derek Smith ... featured musician: piano, organ, celeste
Ted Spencer ... music recordist-mixer
Dale Stuckenbruck ... featured musician: musical saw
Mark Suozzo ... conductor / music producer / orchestrator
Ronnie Zito ... featured musician: drums
Jamie Baker ... music recordist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Wayne Conway ... transportation captain
Cheryl Dennis ... driver
Tom McCue ... transportation coordinator (as Thomas Titus McCue)
Russ A. Minerd ... driver
Larry Spencer ... additional driver
Roman Wlaszyn ... picture car wrangler (as Roman A. Wlaszyn)
Andy Bethke ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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William Ball ... additional craft assistant
Andy Bethke ... set production assistant
Chad Bronson ... set production assistant
Brian Cantaldi ... bookkeeper
Alison Cohen ... production counsel: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein
Paula Collins ... craft service assistant
Rob Fegen ... production administrative supervisor (as Robert Fegen)
Janell Fletcher ... facility manager: Avid
Jennifer Zolten Freed ... post-production accountant (as Jennifer Freed)
Jason Gerstein ... office production assistant
Elisabeth Giglio ... office manager: C 5
Lamia Guellati ... assistant: Ted Hope
Jason Cooper Hall ... assistant: Christine Walker
Virginia M. Herdman ... craft service
Derrick Kardos ... clearance assistant
Billy Lalor ... clearance assistant
Robert Langhorst ... assistant chef: Premiere Caterers
David Lemoyne ... additional set production assistant (as David Lemoyne Jones)
Sara Lieberth ... craft service
Eric Muss-Barnes ... production assistant: cast
Ginny Nugent ... production executive
Jen O'Neal ... additional production secretary
Chris Petro II ... production assistant: cast
Ryan Polack ... set production assistant
Amanda L. Preputnik ... additional set production assistant
Elizabeth Rohrbaugh ... set production assistant
Michael Santeramo ... chef: Premiere Caterers
Michael Taylor ... script supervisor
Melinka Thompson-Godoy ... production executive: Good Machine
Lesley Ward ... production secretary (as Lesley Ward-Zickefoose)
Devon Zeigler ... set production assistant
Brian Dickson ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Cooper Hall ... assistant to cast (uncredited)
Kelly Lofstrom ... contract administrator (uncredited)
Charles Moore ... production assistant (uncredited)
Rebecca Thornell ... clearance (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez ... credits administrator (uncredited)
Andy Wheeler ... production accountant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Norman Barr ... special thanks: The Detroit Theatre
Jude Brennan ... special thanks
Paul Brennan ... special thanks (as Paul Brennan Esq.)
Bernt Amadeus Capra ... the producers would like to thank (as Bernt Capra)
Chris Carmody ... special thanks
Debra Greico ... special thanks
Wayne Alan Harold ... special thanks (as Wayne Harold)
Robert Katz ... special thanks
Walt Kelly ... acknowledgment: the filmmakers acknowledge the creative work of
Anne Kuenzel ... special thanks: Lakewood Hospital
Matthew D. Loeb ... special thanks (as Matt Loeb)
Lewis Payton ... special thanks
Carla Raij ... special thanks
Alicia Sams ... special thanks
Adam Shulman ... special thanks
Mary Jane Skalski ... special thanks
Pam Smith ... special thanks
Jim Stark ... the producers would like to thank
Vince Waldron ... the producers would like to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his American Splendor a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who end ups being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Ameerika hiilgus (Estonia)
  • Американски разкош (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Američka divota (Serbia)
  • Esplendor americano (Uruguay)
  • Esplendor americano (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $159,705, 17 Aug 2003

Did You Know?

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Trivia NBC would not lease out the actual Late Night with David Letterman (1982) footage where Harvey Pekar finally lashed out at David Letterman, so the scene had to be recreated with actors. See more »
Goofs In the establishing Manhattan skyline shot before one of the David Letterman sequences, what was then (the 1980s) the Pan Am building is shown with its current "Met Life" signs (which didn't replace the "Pan Am" signs until 1992) shining from the top. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Le Divorce/The Housekeeper/American Splendor/Open Range (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Paniots Nine See more »
Quotes Real Harvey: I felt more alone that week than any. Sometimes I'd feel a body lying next to me like an amputee feels a phantom limb. All I did was think about Jennie Gerhardt and Alice Quinn and all the decades of people I had known. The more I thought, the more I felt like crying. Life seemed so sweet and so sad, and so hard to let go of in the end. But hey, man, every day is a brand new deal, right? Just keep on working and something's bound to turn up.
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