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Defendor (2009)

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Defendor is a movie starring Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, and Sandra Oh. Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as 'Defendor', combs the city streets at night, in search of his arch-enemy, Captain Industry.

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... Arthur Poppington aka Defendor
... Chuck Dooney
... Paul Carter
... Dr. Ellen Park
... Kat Debrofkowitz
... Captain Roger Fairbanks
... Dominique Ball
... Radovan Kristic
... Wendy Carter (as Kristen Booth)
... Fay
... Biker Cliff
... Judge Wilson
David Gardner ... Grandpa Henry
... Mr. Debrofkowitz
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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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

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13 May 2010 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Defendor - A véderő  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,265, 21 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,462
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ellen Page was rumored to star at one point. She later starred in the similar themed Super (2010). See more »

Goofs

Near the end, Dooney slaps Kat while standing in one place. In the next shot he is standing at least five feet from her, not nearly close enough to be able to reach her face without moving. 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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Help I'm Alive
Written by Emily Haines and James Shaw
Performed by Metric
Courtesy of Metric Productions Inc. under exclusive license to Last Gang Records
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd. (ASCAP)
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A different kind of superhero.
14 April 2010 | by See 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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