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Daredevil (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie J. Allison ...
Abusive Father (as Frankie Jay Allison)


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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When justice is blind, it knows no fear. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 February 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daredevil: A Daring New Vision  »

Box Office


$78,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,953,136 (UK) (14 February 2003)


$431,881 (USA) (18 March 2011)

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Claudine Farrell:  The woman on the answering machine is Colin Farrell's sister and on-set assistant, who also appears in the pub scene when Bullseye is introduced. See more »


In all her battles, Elektra uses her Sais in a very incorrect manner. She has her fingers in between the prongs which eliminate the sai's primary purpose, which is to trap an opponent's weapon. The way she holds her sais actually put her fingers in danger. Plus, the sais are blunt weapons, not sharp. See more »


Father Everett: [watching Daredevil go after the Kingpin] Good luck, son.
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Crazy Credits

For the first time, a sound effect of pages turning is added to the Marvel logo (aptly for a blind superhero who works through a radar sense). See more »


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


For You
Written by Aaron Kamin and Alex Band
Performed by The Calling
Produced by Marc Tanner, Aaron Kamin and Alex Band
The Calling performs courtesy of The RCA Records Label
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Daredevil - The best Super-Hero Movie?
3 September 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Daredevil is the movie that Burton's 1989 Batman should have been. I know Special Effects have moved on since then, but Daredevil has the pacing, storytelling, character development, direction and overall style that Batman lacked. The director obviously has a lot of fondness for the character, and drops a shed-load of comic book references into the film, like creators names and situations, making it a labour of love - but with the technical ability to make an accessible film for all audiences.

From the opening shot of Daredevil grasping the cross atop the church, the excellent origin structure and the character interaction between Daredevil and Electra, Bullseye and the Kingpin - this movie bridges the gap between the original Comic Book sources and the end film magnificently.

There are a few sections of the film that did not come up to par - the opening titles are a nice idea (braille to letters) but it looks a little cheap and computer-generated, and Daredevil being entombed in the water filled coffin (to block out all outside noise?) seemed surplus to requirements. The end piece with the Kingpin is a little rushed, but I suppose we had all the Super-Hero Slug-Fest we could ask for with the Bullseye church section? I would have preferred a standard music score throughout, and not the "alternative rock track" that got dropped in occasionally. But these little gripes aside - the movie really does hit the spot throughout.

Daredevil also marks the first mainstream venture into a mature audience market for a "kids" super-hero character. The comic character was always a darker version of Spider-Man, with mature storylines supplied by the likes of Frank Miller. But it's still a gent in spandex underwear leaping around New York after hours, brawling with other costumed nut-cases, and leading the customary double-life (Lawyer by Day, Hero by Night) of your regular Super-Hero. The 1989 Batman film, and even Spider-Man, moved Comic Character movies away from the younger audience - but Daredevil really pushed it further without an all-out on-screen blood and sex agenda. A brave move as the potential audience must be reduced by this approach, and it has to be a harder sell to the studio and money-backers.

I am sure there are a legion of Spider-Man and X-Men fans out there that would wave the flag for these to be crowned "best super-hero movie", but my vote would go to this horned devil. Bring on Daredevil 2, by the same team…..

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