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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 overview, first billed only:
Jaime King ... Lorelei
Gabriel Macht ... Spirit
Dan Gerrity Dan Gerrity ... Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat Arthur the Cat ... Self
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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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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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Most Hated" list. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Silken Floss: What a fine detective. You followed the breadcrumbs right to us.
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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

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.64 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschland Uber Alles
Performed by Captain Helmut Witten and the German Airforce Band
Written by Joseph Haydn
Courtesy of Legacy International
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A real review from someone who saw it - no spoilers - just my opinion
21 December 2008 | by crimsonicaSee all my reviews

I must say that I was somewhat excited when my friend told me she got us tickets to the premiere of "The Spirit", especially since I've never been to a real premiere. It was an entertaining experience, all except for when the film was rolling.

I liked Sin City a lot, and I thought 300 was intriguingly well made and quite entertaining. Let's just say that compared to 300, "The Spirit" entertains more like Howard the Duck. The entire film seems like a total farce, an unfortunate mockery of Miller's unique style himself. It has been a very long time since I've seen a film with such little (to no) heart, and hardly any soul. I must say that Sarah Paulson gave the greatest performance by far of anyone else, as the Spirit's unconventional doctor. She is the sole source of any feeling or depth in the film. Macht was also at his best in the lead role when sharing scenes with Paulson, otherwise, he barely filled the part. I don't know if that was his fault however, given that the character himself was depicted with very little depth overall. I never read the graphic novel, but I'm going to go ahead and guess that this doesn't do it justice. How can I say that? Because novels build key characters into "people" that you care about, whether you hate them or love them, the characters stimulate your mind on some level or another. This is far from the case in this film. There is very poor development of the characters, which the majority of potential watchers are unfamiliar with. Sam Jackson has unfortunately chosen another terrible role, as the non-intriguing villain, the Octopus. Jackson however does give us some of his crazy wild eyed antics that we've grown to accustomed to, although his character falls flat for the most part, especially considering his opposite on the screen, Scarlett Johansen. It almost seems as if Miller was asleep on the set when her scenes were shot. She's THAT bad in this film, with a deeply sub par android-like performance. Eva Mendes did what she could to somewhat save the film from being a complete and total joke, although it's pretty close to being just that. She plays the bling digging female lead opposite Macht. Now quite possibly the most annoying character(s) ever portrayed on film are the Octopus's cloned henchmen, which were frighteningly reminiscent in annoyance levels of.......... dare i say it... Jar Jar Binks. My four year old nephew would surely find some entertainment value there.

This film ultimately succumbs to its poor writing and direction, which are almost cleverly masked by the signature visual style of Miller, which is hypnotizing at times. Unfortunately, it's hardly hypnotizing enough to mask the true, soulless identity of "The Sprit".

  • Crimsonica


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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

Gross USA:

$19,806,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,164,441
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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