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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime | 14 February 2003 (USA)
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A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

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Mark Steven Johnson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Jennifer Garner ... Elektra Natchios
Colin Farrell ... Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin
Jon Favreau ... Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson
Scott Terra ... Young Matt
Ellen Pompeo ... Karen Page
Joe Pantoliano ... Ben Urich
Leland Orser ... Wesley Owen Welch
Lennie Loftin ... Nick Manolis
Erick Avari ... Nikolas Natchios
Derrick O'Connor ... Father Everett
Paul Ben-Victor ... Jose Quesada
David Keith ... Jack Murdock
Frankie J. Allison Frankie J. Allison ... Abusive Father (as Frankie Jay Allison)
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Storyline

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take the dare. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action/violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Italian

Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daredevil: A Daring New Vision See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,310,419, 16 February 2003

Gross USA:

$102,543,518

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$179,179,718
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Matt Murdock's break-up phone message from "Heather", is a reference to Heather Glenn, Murdock's girlfriend during Frank Miller's first run on the Daredevil comic book. Murdock and Heather broke up near the end of that run. See more »

Goofs

When young Matt awakes in hospital after his original chemical accident, the vital medical equipment is not connected to him. See more »

Quotes

Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: It's in black and white, how can you be a skeptic?
Matt Murdock: If there's no eyewitnesses, I mean, you know, Bigfoot has eyewitnesses.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are seen in a sequence of dark skyscrapers. There are lit windows in the skyscrapers, which turn into Braille letters which then become English letters spelling out the main cast - later on, the supporting cast and production crew are directly formed in English from the window. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was edited for violence (ca. 1 min.) to secure a more commercial "Not under 12" rating. Shortened were the scenes where Bullseye kills the man in the pub, the lady on the plane and Elektras father. Also shortened was the stabbing of Elektra. The cut version was released on VHS and DVD (single-disc version), the uncut version was released only on DVD (two-disc special edition and re-release of the single-disc version). See more »

Connections

References Batman (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Caught in the Rain
Written by Robert Davis, Nathaniel Cox, Justin Holman and Robert Thielman
Performed by Revis
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Comic books done right
6 December 2004 | by PAolo-10See all my reviews

Gritty, ambiguous, painted in strong inks ant sharp contrasting colors. Gone is the classic spandex costume for a vaguely BDSM leather outfit. Daredevil takes more of a page from Frank Miller's interpretation of the man without fear. And the result is perhaps the best superhero adaptation to date. While that might sound vaguely like an oxymoron, especially in a sub-genre where "good" is a proxy for "budget for special effects", the reason for it should actually be pretty obvious. People like Miller have heavily contributed in the 80s and 9os to renew a genre that had been stagnant since the sixties. And they did that by introducing more realism and more cinematic elements in the action.

Alan Moore's The Watchmen and Miller's Dark Knight are prime examples of this renewal. Unfortunately, at the same time the introduction of computer- generated effect has allowed one too many directors to recreate their favorite Silver Age character as they remembered it, jumping over 20 or so years of comic book evolution. And too often the result is just another expensive cartoon. Daredevil, by no means a good movie, views however like a step in the right direction.

Of course to enjoy all this one has to stomach the Affleck's "Matt Murdock has something to prove" woody interpretation, and Jennifer Garner's version of Elektra (who looks everything but Greek) in all her protruding silicon special effects. Kudos however to Colin Farrell for bringing to life Bullseye, definitely one of the best villains in the genre.

But the script ls fresh and funny, and the gallery of secondary roles and cameos is really impressive. Stan "the man" Lee is briefly seen during Matt Murdock's childhood, Sopranos' Robert Iler, Wayne Knight through a cloud of smoke, and more.

Now, if only we could get comic scripts by Moore, Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis produced the way they meant to be...


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