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Defendor (2009)

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Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as "Defendor", combs the city streets at night, in search of his archenemy, Captain Industry.

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Peter Stebbings

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Peter Stebbings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Arthur Poppington aka Defendor
Elias Koteas ... Chuck Dooney
Michael Kelly ... Paul Carter
Sandra Oh ... Dr. Ellen Park
Kat Dennings ... Kat Debrofkowitz
Clark Johnson ... Captain Roger Fairbanks
Lisa Ray ... Dominique Ball
A.C. Peterson ... Radovan Kristic
Kristin Booth ... Wendy Carter (as Kristen Booth)
Charlotte Sullivan ... Fay
Tony Nappo ... Biker Cliff
Ron White ... Judge Wilson
David Gardner David Gardner ... Grandpa Henry
Bryan Renfro ... Mr. Debrofkowitz
Max Dreesen Max Dreesen ... Young Arthur
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Storyline

A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city's innocents. Written by Anonymous

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An unexpected hero will rise. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use and language throughout, violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

13 May 2010 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Defendor - A véderő See more »

Filming Locations:

Dundas, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,265, 21 February 2010

Gross USA:

$44,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,462
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Stebbings' screenwriting and directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Katerina wants to take a look inside Defendor's cardboard box, it is clear the flaps aren't sealed even before she runs a knife between them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Park: Arthur? Arthur.
Arthur Poppington: Yeah.
Dr. Park: Are you thinking about the question?
Arthur Poppington: Mmm... Are you Japanese?
Dr. Park: No.
Arthur Poppington: Mieko Tatsuri is Japanese.
Dr. Park: Oh. Who is Mieko Tatsuri?
Arthur Poppington: Mmm... She's the leader of Blowback. Her father is a ninja and her mother is an alien from the gamma sector.
Dr. Park: Okay well, I'm Korean from Earth.
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Referenced in Real-Life Superhero (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by John Rowley
Published by John Rowley (as John William Wildman Rowley) (SOCAN)
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A different kind of superhero.
14 April 2010 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

Defendor is the story of a simple, deluded, child-like man, who thinks he's a super-hero. In all likelihood, he should have died a swift and brutal death no later than ten minutes in, but it seems that God watches out for the simple-minded, even in movies. Somehow, Defendor even ends up bumbling his way into doing some good.

Woody Harrelson portrayed Arthur in a way that completely avoided mocking him. Imagine Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump. Arthur has definite reasons for his quest and his actions, and as those reasons are revealed during the movie, you become more and more attached to his character. Kat Dennings plays a young prostitute who befriends Arthur and is instrumental in helping him to his final destiny, and Sandra Oh stars as a psychiatrist who learns about Arthur along with the audience.  No one is responsible for the acting burden that Harrelson has, but their performances are still solid. 

I liked this movie a good bit. It was funny in some parts, and sad in others. We really don't get to spend enough time with Arthur/Defendor and his world, but what's here is pretty satisfying.


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