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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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Face my power. 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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Details

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:

$39,040,174
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the first fight between the Spirit and the Octopus, the Octopus gets hit and apparently knocked out. He disappears into the murky muddy waters. Octopus then surfaces slowly so only a little bit of his hat and face are visible. Suddenly, his whole body surfaces with a weapon that looked like a giant wrench. He hits the Spirit between the legs with an upward motion with enough force to lift the Spirit upwards. When the Spirit lands, they're both standing on the muddy shore. In other words, after the Octopus fully emerges from the water, he's immediately standing in mud which isn't even an inch deep. See more »

Quotes

The Octopus: Spirit, we're two of a kind, you and me!
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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 »


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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Can't ask for more . . .
21 December 2008 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"His soul stretched tight across the skies/ That fade behind a city block . . .' T. S. Eliot, Preludes

Because writer Frank Miller knows a bit about comic books, his solo directorial debut (He co-directed Sin City with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino) is a feast of comic book campy dialog, outrageously curvaceous women, and a reborn hero, Spirit, whose abs compete very nicely, thank you, with those women's notable parts. It's all about the mythological struggle of good and evil with visual delights and a bunch of bright dialog.

Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht) is a former cop, recently dead, come back as Spirit, an avenger trolling the city for the very alive bad guys, especially Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), who kills indiscriminately, especially those who dare to look at his face (As he hits Spirit over the head, he says, "Come on! Toilets are always funny!"). Mostly his plan to wipe out the city holds Spirit's attention.

Spirit's voice-over narration about the city may not be T. S. Eliot, but it has poetry about it as Spirit extols the city's feminine qualities that make it his girl. Well, that's a bit of a stretch because Spirit spends a good deal of time seducing most of the skirts he meets with a special eye for childhood sweetheart Sand Saref (Eva Mendes), now a notorious global jewel thief and implicated in murders in Spirit's own Central City:

The Spirit: "There probably isn't a law in the books that you wouldn't break." Sand Saref: "Do I look like a good girl?"

The comparisons with Sin City are inevitable but not difficult because Miller seems to be approaching Spirit as visually more stylized and plot less complicated. Even the narration and dialog are minimized and more exaggerated, but to good effect.

Spirit is one of the best movies of the year: an imaginative take on a comic book character that visually stuns and verbally amuses.

Can't ask for more than that this Oscar year.


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