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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 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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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

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Justice is blind. So is he. See more »


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

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14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daredevil: A Daring New Vision  »

Box Office

Budget:

$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,953,136 (UK) (14 February 2003)

Gross:

$431,881 (USA) (18 March 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film pays homage to a number of "Daredevil" writers and artists:
  • Stan Lee: Daredevil's original creator makes his cameo as the man whom young Matt Murdock stops from crossing the street. Wrote Daredevil (1964-1969).


  • Kirby, the lab assistant played by Kevin Smith (see final item): Comic book artist Jack Kirby (assorted Daredevil covers in 1964-1968).


  • Father Everett: Bill Everett, Daredevil's original artist (drew first issue of Daredevil in 1964, then assorted covers 1966-1972).


  • Jose Quesada (the rapist): Joe Quesada, editor in chief of Marvel Comics, and artist of Daredevil 1998-2000.


  • Colan (a boxer): Gene Colan, another Daredevil artist 1966-1974.


  • John Romita (the boxer that Jack Murdock is supposed to dive against): Johnny Romita Sr. was a Daredevil artist in 1966 and John Romita Jr. was a DD artist 1988-1990.


  • Kane (a thug): Gil Kane, Daredevil cover artist 1971=1978.


  • Miller, Mack, Bendis (other boxers): Frank Miller, writer/artist 1979-1983, David Mack, artist 1999-2001, and Brian Bendis, writer of Daredevil beginning 1999, and was still doing so when the film came out.


  • and Kevin Smith, author whose Daredevil work is collected in "Daredevil Visionaries: Kevin Smith," appears as the lab assistant Kirby, named for another artist mentioned above.


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Goofs

When they are at the party at the fictional "Grand Hotel" in Manhattan, we can clearly see the lobby of the Los Angeles Biltmore hotel in the background. The Los Angeles Biltmore just happens to be located on a street called "Grand Avenue". See more »

Quotes

Elektra: Nice to meet you, Matt Murdock.
Matt Murdock: Nice to meet you, uh... I didn't get your name.
Elektra: I didn't give it.
[leaves]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Movie Nights: The Black Ninja (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lapdance
Written by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Gene Elliot Thornton
Performed by N.E.R.D. featuring Lee Harvey and Vita
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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director's cut- do yourself a favor. See it
16 January 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

First of all, i was never a reader of the comics, and didn't know much about daredevil before venturing into the cinemas to see the original when it was released. At the time, there wasn't much action out and i like most of Ben Affleck's movies, so though i would give it a go. Although i liked the theatrical release ( but didn't love it) i still bought it when it came to DVD...and to be honest, when i watched it the 2nd time on DVD, i didn't think as much of it, as when i left the cinema.

So when i heard the directors cut was out, and people who hated the first release, but liked the 2nd one, i thought wow, i didn't mind the first, perhaps i will really like the new version. and guess what? I did ! Its absolutely fantastic. After the characters were fleshed out more, the storyline was more involved and filled in the plots- you actually cared about what happened and got more into the feel of being apart of what was going on in hell's kitchen.

If you watch the "featurette" : giving the devil his dues, you will understand that Mark Johnson the director, absolutely loves this material, loved the comic, and was disappointed himself with the theatrical release. He understood why the critics & fans alike didn't support it, and really wanted to fix the problems with this DVD. When will Hollywood studios & executives learn, a 100 minute movie, does not mean a better movie - and when will they learn that audiences DO want more than just action - we can think, you morons! And can hold our attention for more than 100 minutes. Here's a simple plan for your money making schemes - and this goes to Gary Foster ( producer who still says the theatrical version of daredevil is better) If you make a GOOD MOVIE, that gets good reviews, and that fans & critics enjoy, then more people will see it, more people will see it a 2nd time, more people will recommend it to friends, and that means a bigger audience, a repeat audience and bigger dollars for your pockets ! So while the first was a quick paced movie that made quick bucks, a longer - more thought-out MOVIE, would have garnered longer life at the box office.

in a word - RECOMMENDED !


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