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Hancock (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 July 2008 (USA)
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Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when one person he saves helps him improve his public image.

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The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. Written by Rob Marshall, Chicago, IL

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He is saving the world whether we like it or not. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language | See all certifications »

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2 July 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£9,589,095 (UK) (4 July 2008)

Gross:

$227,946,274 (USA) (5 September 2008)
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Trivia

When Jonathan Mostow pulled out of the project in May 2006, Gabriele Muccino, who previously directed Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), was attached in to direct. While Pursuit was being edited, Smith went to work on I Am Legend (2007). By October 2006, Muccino left the project due to an incompatibility to the story, allowing Peter Berg to come on as director. See more »

Goofs

After Ray meets Hancock for the first time, when the camera follows Ray and Mary's dog across the bedroom, what appears to be a crew member pushing the dog from behind the dresser is actually the shadow of the dog's tail on the wall. However, the dog is clearly watching something or someone behind the bed for a signal. See more »

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[first lines]
Police Officer: All units. All units. Code 3 pursuit of 2-11 white SUV heading east on Alameda service road. Suspects: three Asian males. Request back-up immediately. Be advised. Shots fired. Shots fired.
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References Nancy Grace (2005) See more »

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Feelin' You
Written by Devin Edwards and T-Ray (as Todd Ray)
Produced by T-Ray
Performed by Devin Edwards
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Fix the final Act PLEASE!!!
8 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I also was at the test screening in Peoria AZ. The film was spot on for the first hour. Jokes were hitting left and right, Smith and Bateman displayed good chemistry, and the special effects, though not always finished, were eye popping nonetheless.

Without giving it away, the final half hour was flat, straying from the comical nature that had preceded it and instead tried to get philosophical and introduce a week paint'by'numbers villain. I spoke with director Peter Berg after the film and he seemed fully aware of the issues relating to the final act. Hopefully the recent "re shoot" will polish up that last act, making Hancock one of the must see blockbusters of the summer. In the form I saw it; it still has a ways to go.


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