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The Spirit (2008)

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Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

Director:

Frank Miller

Writers:

Frank Miller (screenplay), Will Eisner (comic book series)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaime King ... Lorelei
Gabriel Macht ... Spirit
Dan Gerrity Dan Gerrity ... Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat Arthur the Cat ... Himself
Kimberly Cox Kimberly Cox ... Damsel in Distress
Brian Neal Lucero Brian Neal Lucero ... Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
David Brian Martin ... Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ... Officer MacReady
Frank Miller ... Liebowitz
Eva Mendes ... Sand Saref
Eric Balfour ... Mahmoud
Samuel L. Jackson ... Octopus
Louis Lombardi ... Pathos, etc.
Scarlett Johansson ... Silken Floss
Sarah Paulson ... Ellen
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Storyline

Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again. When a Rookie cop named Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face who has other plans. He's going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this cold hearted killer from the city's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Taglines:

My city screams. She is my lover. And I am her spirit. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Will Eisner's The Spirit See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,463,278, 28 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,781,879, 18 January 2009
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In July 2004, financier OddLot Entertainment acquired the rights to the film. OddLot's Producers Gigi Pritzker and Deborah Del Prete began a collaboration with Michael E. Uslan, Benjamin Melniker, and Steven Maier working at Batfilm Productions, to adapt the story. Will Eisner, who was protective of the rights to his creations, said that he believed in the producers to faithfully adapt The Spirit. In April 2005, comic book writer Jeph Loeb was hired to adapt The Spirit for the big screen, but the writer eventually left the project. Later in April, Uslan approached Frank Miller at Will Eisner's memorial service in New York City several weeks after Miller's Sin City (2005) was released in theaters, interested in initiating the adaptation technique with Miller's film for The Spirit. Miller had initially hesitated, doubting his skill in adapting The Spirit, but ultimately embraced his first solo project as Writer and Director. Miller described his decision-making: "The only thought in my mind was, 'It's too big. I can't possibly do it', and I refused. About three minutes later as I was at the doorway, I turned around and said, 'Nobody else can touch this', and I agreed to the job on the spot." See more »

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At the poker game, Sand is holding four cards, the four Aces. In the overhead shot a black three has appeared. See more »

Quotes

The Octopus: Come on! Toilets are always funny!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the title of the film is the very last thing shown. Typically, the title appears early in the credits, and "directed by" is the final credit. See more »

Alternate Versions

To receive a 12A cinema certificate the UK version was cut by 25 secs with edits to a woman being threatened by a knife-wielding gang, a repeated head punching, a shot of a severed finger and a shot of a man's rib cage embedded in the ground. See more »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #41.19 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschland Uber Alles
Performed by Captain Helmut Witten and the German Airforce Band
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn
Courtesy of Legacy International
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decent film
11 July 2013 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one,, not being a real comic book fan I decided that I would give it a chance, second, I wasn't expecting Sin City, which by the looks of the boards most of you were. Samuel Jackson did a great job in this movie,, Gabriel Macht was wonderful as our hero, and Eva Mendez sexy as ever. our hero is in charge of doing good in the city and saving as many people as he can,, there are lot's of people who would rather not have him around Central City, especially the loathsome Octupus,, play by Samuel Jackson,, there are lot's of sexy women in the film,, good action, thrills, suspense , a lot of the good vs evil theme, I like the whole approach the movie took,, it takes you on a mythical journey to somewhere where you can only imagine,, a lot of people bash this movie because it's not like Sin City, well so what,, I didn't want it to be that movie,, this is a decent movie,, worth watching,, won't win any Oscars, but I really don't think that it was attempting to.


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