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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.

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Dan Gerrity ...
Detective Sussman
Arthur the Cat ...
Himself
Kimberly Cox ...
Damsel in Distress
Brian Neal Lucero ...
Thug 1 (as Brian Lucero)
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Thug 2 (as David B. Martin)
Larry Reinhardt-Meyer ...
Officer MacReady
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Mahmoud
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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 »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of stylized violence and action, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Will Eisner's The Spirit  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,463,278 (USA) (28 December 2008)

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$19,781,879 (USA) (18 January 2009)
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In 1980, Brad Bird and Jerry Rees created an animated trailer for a proposed Spirit film. It attracted the attention of producer Gary Kurtz, but no studio would pick up the project, feeling it was unmarketable. The animation was considered lost until Steven Paul Leiva posted it on YouTube in 2015. Randall William Cook provided the voice of Denny Colt/The Spirit in the animation. See more »

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When young Denny and Sand run out of the rainstorm into the doorway, Denny's coat is not wet. See more »

Quotes

The Octopus: I don't like egg on my face.
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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 »

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Referenced in Miss March (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Falling in Love Again
Performed by Christina Aguilera
Produced by Linda Perry
Written by Friedrich Hollaender and Samuel Lerner
Christina Aguilera appears courtesy of Sony/BMG Music Entertainment
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Disappointing
26 December 2008 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

I was very excited about The Spirit because I am a big fan of Sin City and was looking forward to see Frank Miller in action again. Also, the cast seemed to be a great lineup. However, it doesn't matter how good the actors are if the plot and script are lame, and I am here to tell you -- I don't even think the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Meryl Streep could have saved The Spirit for this reason.

I kept waiting for the story to intrigue me and for the characters to develop. I watched a couple of people walk out of the theater about an hour through... Finally, I checked the time (never a good sign when you're watching a movie), only to discover that the movie was nearly over, and there would be no chance for redemption.

Aesthetically, The Spirit was interesting, but I couldn't help feeling like I'd seen it all before. The cinematography and graphics were pretty much a carbon copy of Sin City. I expected to see similarity (Frank Miller's style is distinct, after all), but not identical visual imagery.

Bottom line, I rarely see movies in the theater because it's expensive! For three people, we spent over $50 in downtown Seattle for this experience, and it was so disappointing. I hate to waste that much money on such a poorly written, boring movie. My recommendation is to skip The Spirit altogether (really, the plot and script are that bad). But if you're really curious, save your money and rent it when it comes out on DVD.


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