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The Spirit (1987)

A legally dead police detective decides to battle crime as a masked superhero.

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Michael Schultz

Writers:

Will Eisner (characters), Steven E. de Souza
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Cast overview:
Sam J. Jones ... Spirit / Denny Colt (as Sam Jones)
Nana Visitor ... Ellen Dolan
Bumper Robinson ... Eubie
Garry Walberg ... Commissioner Dolan
Les Lannom ... Officer King
Laura Robinson Laura Robinson ... P'Gell Roxton (as McKinlay Robinson)
Daniel Davis ... Simon Teasdale
Philip Baker Hall ... Sevrin
John Allen John Allen ... Bruno
Sarah Dammann Thomas Sarah Dammann Thomas ... Hilde (as Sarah Dammann)
Janet Rotblatt ... Victim
Ernestine Mercer Ernestine Mercer ... Martha
Annibal Llende Annibal Llende ... Ricardo
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When Denny Colt, detective for the Central City Police Department, survives an assassination attempt by criminals, he is still believed by the public to be dead. He decides to use to his advantage, since being "dead", he isn't subject to the rules that bind regular cops. To this end, he equips an abandoned tomb in a graveyard into a residence and headquarters and prepares for a new career. With that, he becomes the Spirit, a mysterious crime fighter whose only costume is a blue business suit, fedora hat and a little eye mask. His first major case pits him against P'Gell, a femme fatal who has criminal designs on the city. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the comic book on which the film is based, Eubie is called Ebony White and he is usually depicted as a racial stereotype. The movie changed his name and characterization in an effort to make him more acceptable to audiences of the time. See more »

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When Ellen climbs the fire escape she is wearing flats. Inside the factory she's in heels. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Dolan: Do I look like the kind of girl who goes around undressing men?
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Semi-comical version of a serious character, but it mainly works
27 January 2005 | by SkraggSee all my reviews

I saw this pilot when it was first shown, and I'm sure countless "Spirit" fans hate it, because, like Batman, the Green Hornet etc., it took the character in the direction of "camp". But I evidently never got enough of Batman, because I thought it was entertaining, in some of the same ways as that show. There are two parts that stay with me. First, when Denny's partner has been fatally wounded, and he makes a dramatic speech about how he always stood for the law, and obeying the exact letter of it. Then, he says something like, "Boy, was I stupid!" Which is his way of telling Denny to become a vigilante instead, which he does (though the TV Batman kind). Then, there's the scene where he tries to seduce the villainess into letting him go by kissing her, but she isn't fooled, because he's too honest to kiss her convincingly ! This was a great example of "camp", that was also "underplayed", by both the actor and actress.


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