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Hellboy (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Fantasy, Horror | 2 April 2004 (USA)
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A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

Director:

Guillermo del Toro

Writers:

Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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3 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Perlman ... Hellboy
John Hurt ... Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm
Selma Blair ... Liz Sherman
Rupert Evans ... John Myers
Karel Roden ... Grigori Rasputin
Jeffrey Tambor ... Tom Manning
Doug Jones ... Abe Sapien
Brian Steele ... Sammael
Ladislav Beran ... Karl Ruprecht Kroenen
Biddy Hodson ... Ilsa Haupstein (as Bridget Hodson)
Corey Johnson ... Agent Clay
Kevin Trainor ... Young "Broom"
Brian Caspe ... Agent Lime
James Babson ... Agent Moss
Stephen Fisher ... Agent Quarry
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Storyline

At the end of World War II, Nazi officers Karl Ruprecht Kroenen and Ilsa Haupstein start an experiment to raise the forces of Hell trough Russian dark mystic Rasputin on a Scottish island, but it's interrupted by an allied commando guided by professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm. He prevents killing the human-demonic half-blood, which was accidentally created and raises this "Hellboy", while rising to head of a secret C.I.A.-linked U.S. agency Bureau of Paranormal Research, which secretly studies and uses the occult, including supernatural freaks. As "father" Broom is aging, he hand-picks brilliant, sensitive Agent John Myers as new minder-companion, as regular "warrior" Agent Clay can't empathize and lacks flexibility mental. Hellboy is quite a handful, regularly spotted by worried civilians on unauthorized excursions, especially to pyro-telekinetic freak friend in a mental asylum. Johnny, Hellboy, and Clay team up on missions against paranormal threats with aquatic-bionic freak Abe ... Written by KGF Vissers

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nazi | demon | superhero | hero | assassin | See All (199) »

Taglines:

From the Dark Side to Our Side See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and frightening images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Hellboy was originally created as a throwaway design by Mike Mignola for the cover of a convention program book. Only after he'd done it did he become fascinated by the character's possibilities. See more »

Goofs

Liz closing and opening her mouth while Helboy carries her, though she is dead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe? For me it all began in 1944, a classified mission off the coast of Scotland. The Nazis were desperate. Combining science and black magic, they intended to upset the balance of the war. I was 28, already a paranormal advisor to President Roosevelt. I could never have suspected that what would transpire that night would not only effect the course of ...
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Crazy Credits

The film title is formed from a cathedral passageway, accompanied by documents of Hellboy's sightings. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Hellboy 3-disc director's cut DVD is ten minutes longer. (132 minute director's cut versus 122 minute regular version). Restores a few deleted/extended scenes back into the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Supermarket (2009) See more »

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Heart Attack and Vine
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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An amazing spectacle
12 July 2008 | by garlonussSee all my reviews

This movie is a fun watch, but mainly because of Ron Perlman. The action is well done and the story is great, but Perlman makes the character of Hellboy (a demon raised by "the good guys") just amazingly human, with a wry sense of humor. You would be hard pressed to find anyone anywhere who could do this character as well as Perlman, let alone better. The physicality seems to have been tailor made to fit Perlman's features and the delivery of the lines is just so understatedly comedic that there are few who could pull it off at all.

Of course, there are a couple times when the special effects are a little weaker than you would hope, but it doesn't detract from the movie as a whole. For instance, in the final battle scene, there are a couple shots where the Hellboy character clearly appears to be GC. But the fight moves so fast that you don't have much time to focus on those shots before something else amazing happens.

See it. Love it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | German | Latin

Release Date:

2 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,172,440, 4 April 2004

Gross USA:

$59,623,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,378,985
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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