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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.



(screenplay), (comic book series)
3,433 ( 482)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lorelei
... Spirit
Dan Gerrity ... Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat ... Himself
Kimberly Cox ... Damsel in Distress
Brian Neal Lucero ... Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
... Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ... Officer MacReady
... Liebowitz
... Sand Saref
... Mahmoud
... Octopus
... Pathos, etc.
... Silken Floss
... Ellen


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's something the world needs... 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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Release Date:

25 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Will Eisner's The Spirit  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Morgenstern's name means "morningstar" in German and Dutch. See more »


The Octopus and Silken Floss worry that if the Spirit gains possession of the Heracles vase and drinks the contents, he would become a god. The Spirit doesn't even know of the existence of the crate holding the vase, the vase, or the vase's contents. Furthermore, even if he did, there is no indication at any point in the film that he would want to drink blood out of the thing. See more »


The Spirit: This is for Sand!
[hits The Octopus]
The Spirit: This is for me!
[hits The Octopus]
The Spirit: And this is for Muffins!
[roundhouse kicks The Octopus into a pillar with a Nazi Eagle on top]
The Octopus: Is that it?
[Giant marble eagle falls on The Octopus]
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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 »


Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2014 Movie Catch-up: Part 1 (2014) See more »


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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User Reviews

A highly entertaining super hero movie
23 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I am a comic book fan and have very much enjoyed the super hero movie boom that has come about over the last few years. The Spirit was a movie that was sadly overlooked.

The Spirit is a man who has powers that make him seemingly immortal and with that immortality he kicks crime's butt in order to help the police and clean up the city. Unfortunately the equally immortal octopus (Samuel L. Jackson)wishes to hold the city in a state of chaos. Only the Spirit and his friends in the police can save the city and the world.

Samuel L. Jackson really makes the movie playing out the main bad guy in the movie with his joker like performance it is one performance that is not easily forgotten. The acting overall in the movie is fairly good and the film noir setting really gives a great feel to things. I really like Frank Miller's work and if you liked Sin City then I can guarantee that you will enjoy this one.

Overall with the enjoyable nature of the film with light doses of comedy and heavy action this film is truly a good way to spend time.

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