History Film / TheSpirit

15th Jul '16 6:54:46 AM JamesAustin
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* AnachronismStew: Looking at the styles of fashion, cars and such, you'd think it was the 1940s, but there's modern technology such as laptops and smartphones. This gives you such odd scenes as the Spirit, who looks like ProtoSuperhero in the style of the Shadow, looking at a cellphone video, a woman in the best of the 40's fashion filming him in her cellphone, and a 40s reporter, with fedora and all... accompained by a accompanied.

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* AnachronismStew: Looking at the styles of fashion, cars and such, you'd think it was the 1940s, but there's modern technology such as laptops and smartphones. This gives you such odd scenes as the Spirit, who looks like ProtoSuperhero in the style of the Shadow, looking at a cellphone video, a woman dressed in the best of the 40's fashion filming him in her cellphone, and a 40s 40s-looking reporter, with fedora and all... accompained by a accompanied.cameraman with a modern camera.



-->'''The Octopus:''' I'm the Octopus! I've got... ''[pulls out two '''quadruple-barrelled shotguns''' from behind his back]]'' ...I've got eight of everything!

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-->'''The Octopus:''' I'm the Octopus! I've got... ''[pulls out two '''quadruple-barrelled shotguns''' from behind his back]]'' ...back]'' ...I've got eight of everything!



* KissOfDeath: Quite literally.

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* KissOfDeath: Quite literally. The Spirit actually being dead for hours is symbolized by him and Lorelei Rox having a long, passionate kiss.



* SpamAttack:[Looks around at Nazi decorations

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* SpamAttack:[Looks around at Nazi decorationsSpamAttack:



* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Silken Floss at the end puts the Octopus' finger here.

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* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Silken Floss at the end puts the Octopus' finger here.there.
15th Jul '16 6:44:00 AM JamesAustin
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In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt [[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]] as a private detective, known only as "The Spirit," to fight crime. After he finds his nemesis, the Octopus, in a mud hole, [[FemmeFatale Sand Saref]] uncovers two chests in water nearby. She tries to flee with both chests, but the Octopus shoots at her, snapping the line that connects the chests together. After a fight with the Spirit, the Octopus takes the remaining chest and escapes with one of his thugs.

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In Central City, rookie cop Denny Colt [[BackFromTheDead returns from the dead]] as a private detective, known only as "The Spirit," to fight crime. After he finds his nemesis, the Octopus, in a mud hole, [[FemmeFatale FemmeFatale Sand Saref]] Saref uncovers two chests in water nearby. She tries to flee with both chests, but the Octopus shoots at her, snapping the line that connects the chests together. After a fight with the Spirit, the Octopus takes the remaining chest and escapes with one of his thugs.



* AccidentalMisnaming:
** "''Heracles''? I always thought it was pronounced ''Hercules''!"
** This line [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the fact that the Romanized version of the name (Hercules) has generally replaced the original Greek (Heracles) in popular culture.

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* AccidentalMisnaming:
**
AccidentalMisnaming: When the Spirit makes his appereance at the climax, he says, "''Heracles''? I always thought it was pronounced ''Hercules''!"
**
''Hercules''!" This line [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on the fact that the Romanized version of the name (Hercules) has generally replaced the original Greek (Heracles) in popular culture.



* AmusingInjuries: The clones.
** Hell, The Spirit himself.
* AnachronismStew: Looking at the styles of fashion, cars and such, you'd think it was the 1940s, but there's modern technology such as laptops and smartphones.

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* AmusingInjuries: The clones.
AmusingInjuries:
** Hell, The Spirit himself.
and the Octopus, thanks to their HealingFactor.
** The Octopus' {{Expendable Clone}}s.
* AnachronismStew: Looking at the styles of fashion, cars and such, you'd think it was the 1940s, but there's modern technology such as laptops and smartphones. This gives you such odd scenes as the Spirit, who looks like ProtoSuperhero in the style of the Shadow, looking at a cellphone video, a woman in the best of the 40's fashion filming him in her cellphone, and a 40s reporter, with fedora and all... accompained by a accompanied.



** Sand, Me and [[CuteKitten Muffin]]!!!
** Then, Sand again.

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** Sand, Me and -->'''The Spirit:''' This is for Sand! ''[hits the Octopus]'' This is for me! ''[hits the Octopus]'' And this is for [[CuteKitten Muffin]]!!!
** Then, Sand again.
Muffins]]!!! ''[roundhouse kicks the Octopus into a pillar with a Nazi Eagle on top] ''



* CargoShip:
** InUniverse, the Spirit loves his Central City, he REALLY LOVES it.
--->''My city, I cannot deny her. My city screams. She is my mother. She is my lover, and I am her Spirit.''

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* CargoShip:
CargoShip: [[invoked]]
** InUniverse, the The Spirit loves his Central City, he REALLY LOVES it.
--->''My --->'''The Spirit:''' My city, I cannot deny her. My city screams. She is my mother. She is my lover, and I am her Spirit.''



* CheekCopy:
** The Spirit's preferred method of locating Sand. ''And it works''.
*** The bellboy was a dwarf...
* ChickMagnet: So much so that it may as well be considered a superpower.

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* CheekCopy:
**
CheekCopy: The Spirit's preferred method of locating Sand. ''And it works''.
*** The bellboy was a dwarf...
* ChickMagnet: The Spirit draws girls with ease, as pointed out by Ellen Dolan. So much so that it may as well be considered his second superpower. Hell, ''the personification of Death herself'' is a superpower.woman who has the hots for him.



* CloudCuckooLander: Plaster of Paris.

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* CloudCuckooLander: {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Plaster of Paris.Paris has her head in the clouds.



* DeathByOriginStory: The Spirit.
* DirtyOldMan: Creator/FrankMiller.
* TheDitz: Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Dialos, Thermos, Huevos, Rancheros, Tacos, Matzos, Fatsos, Nervos, Dildos, etc...
** Thankfully, Louis Lombardi (who plays ''all'' the clones) is only credited as being "Athos, Etc." in the end titles.
* TheDragon: Silken Floss.

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* DeathByOriginStory: The Spirit.
Spirit himself was killed, then returned BackFromTheDead thanks to a HealingFactor to become a hero.
* DirtyOldMan: Creator/FrankMiller.
Creator/FrankMiller. Like with ''Film/SinCity'', one wonders if he saw the film as a chance to put as many beautiful women (here Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King) in the same film together.
* TheDitz: Ethos, Pathos, Logos, Dialos, Thermos, Huevos, Rancheros, Tacos, Matzos, Fatsos, Nervos, Dildos, etc...
**
etc... Thankfully, Louis Lombardi (who plays ''all'' the clones) is only credited as being "Athos, Etc." in the end titles.
* TheDragon: Silken Floss.Floss is the Octopus' enforcer.



* {{Fanservice}}: It's a Frank Miller film. With Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King. You work it out.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** [[spoiler:The Octopus is not dead. He's just spread all over the alley. Think about it.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's implied that he'll be regenerated from the finger that Silken Floss put in her VictoriasSecretCompartment.]]
* FemaleGaze: Say what you want, this movie is at least fair and balanced in its {{Fanservice}}.

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* {{Fanservice}}: It's a Frank Miller film. With Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King. You work it out.
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** [[spoiler:The Octopus is not dead. He's just spread all over the alley. Think about it.]]
*** [[spoiler:It's implied that he'll be regenerated from the finger that Silken Floss put in her VictoriasSecretCompartment.]]
* FemaleGaze: Say what you want, this movie is at least fair and balanced in its {{Fanservice}}. The very first scene is of Gabriel Macht shirtless.



** ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Including the Commissioner, who delivers a WhatTheHellHero at the Spirit after the Octopus kills two of his cops, but gives him one last chance.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: On the Octopus' "butcher's chart" of the Spirit, there are dotted lines going around his mask and tie.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
**
On the Octopus' "butcher's chart" of the Spirit, there are dotted lines going around his mask and tie.



* GroinAttack: The Octopus on the Spirit. With a ''9 foot lug wrench''. Ow.
** [[HealingFactor It'll heal]].
* HandsomeLech: The Spirit is portrayed as a total skirt-chaser, when he was more of a CelibateHero in the comics. More to the point, he would appear embarrassed and chagrined by the advances of FemmeFatales.

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* GroinAttack: The Octopus on the Spirit. With a ''9 foot lug wrench''. Ow.
**
Ow. Good thing for the Spirit that [[HealingFactor It'll it'll heal]].
* HandsomeLech: The Spirit is portrayed as a total skirt-chaser, when he was more of a CelibateHero in the comics. More to the point, he would appear embarrassed and chagrined by the advances of FemmeFatales.{{Femme Fatale}}s.



-->"I'm the Octopus! I've got... ''[pulls out two '''quadruple-barrelled shotguns''' from behind his back]]'' ...I've got eight of everything!"
* HealingFactor: The Spirit is given one of these in his BackStory, rather than just make him a BadassNormal.

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-->"I'm -->'''The Octopus:''' I'm the Octopus! I've got... ''[pulls out two '''quadruple-barrelled shotguns''' from behind his back]]'' ...I've got eight of everything!"
everything!
* HealingFactor: The Spirit is given one of these in his BackStory, {{Backstory}}, rather than just make him a BadassNormal.



* {{Hypocrisy}}- Just before the climax, Sand and the Octopus are planning on exchanging their respective {{MacGuffin}}s. Sand tells her latest cohort to blow the Octopus' head off the moment the transaction is complete. But the moment she arrives, she lectures Silken Floss about how the Octopus can't be trusted and will undoubtedly betray her (despite it never having been so much as ''hinted'' that either one is unsatisfied with the other).
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon:
** With just a hint of {{BFG}}.

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* {{Hypocrisy}}- {{Hypocrite}}: Just before the climax, Sand and the Octopus are planning on exchanging their respective {{MacGuffin}}s. Sand tells her latest cohort to blow the Octopus' head off the moment the transaction is complete. But the moment she arrives, she lectures Silken Floss about how the Octopus can't be trusted and will undoubtedly betray her (despite it never having been so much as ''hinted'' that either one is unsatisfied with the other).
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon:
**
ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: With just a hint of {{BFG}}.



** Full of trademark FrankMiller-esque dialog: "That's crazy talk...you're talkin' crazy talk!" Only Frank and Literature/MickeySpillane talk like that.
* InNameOnly:
** The comic book ComicBook/TheSpirit is about a BadassNormal with no powers, who is a CelibateHero that gets nervous around women and wears an ugly, off the rack blue and white suit. This film is about a revived dead guy with a HealingFactor, who is a HandsomeLech in a stylish, tailored, black-on-black suit.
** And his enemy, the Octopus, is an intimidating and powerful gangster obsessed with not letting anyone see his face. In the film, he's a lower-tier scientist with ambitions of godhood who is incredibly vain and showoffy about his good looks. It's like they were trying to do the exact opposite of the comics.
*** The irony? WillEisner gave the rights to Michael Uslan, the producer, on the understanding that Uslan wouldn't give the project to anyone who 'Didn't get it'. There were further ironies in the fact that Creator/FrankMiller was a big fan of Eisner, one of Eisner's friends, and showed himself to be capable of understanding the concept of The Spirit as indicated by his Daredevil work.

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** Full of trademark FrankMiller-esque Creator/FrankMiller-esque dialog: "That's crazy talk...you're talkin' crazy talk!" Only Frank and Literature/MickeySpillane Mickey Spillane talk like that.
* InNameOnly:
**
InNameOnly: The comic book ComicBook/TheSpirit is about a BadassNormal with no powers, who is a CelibateHero that gets nervous around women and wears an ugly, off the rack blue and white suit. This film is about a revived dead guy with a HealingFactor, who is a HandsomeLech in a stylish, tailored, black-on-black suit.
** And
suit; and his enemy, the Octopus, is an intimidating and powerful gangster obsessed with not letting anyone see his face. In the film, he's a lower-tier scientist with ambitions of godhood who is incredibly vain and showoffy about his good looks. It's like they were trying to do the exact opposite of the comics.
***
comics. The irony? WillEisner Creator/WillEisner gave the rights to Michael Uslan, the producer, on the understanding that Uslan wouldn't give the project to anyone who 'Didn't "didn't get it'. it". There were further ironies in the fact that Creator/FrankMiller was a big fan of Eisner, one of Eisner's friends, and showed himself to be capable of understanding the concept of The the Spirit as indicated by his Daredevil work.



* LargeHam: They are indeed ordered in large quantities, and Creator/SamuelLJackson delivers with customary gusto. [[ChewingTheScenery The green screen will never be the same again]].
** There's also rookie cop Stana Katic's '''[[NoIndoorVoice INSISTENCE ON SHOUTING EVERYTHING SHE SAYS FOR NO APPARENT REASON]]'''.
* LoveTriangle:
** The Spirit is in one of these with Ellen Dolan and Sand Saref, and every other woman in the movie.
** And death incarnate. And ''the city''.
*** Let's re-emphasize: '''''the Angel of Death is in love with the Spirit!'''''
* MacGuffin: The items in both chests, [[spoiler:the blood of Heracles and the Golden Fleece.]]

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
**
They are indeed ordered in large quantities, and Creator/SamuelLJackson delivers with customary gusto. [[ChewingTheScenery The green screen will never be the same again]].
** There's also rookie cop Stana Katic's Morgenstern's '''[[NoIndoorVoice INSISTENCE ON SHOUTING EVERYTHING SHE SAYS FOR NO APPARENT REASON]]'''.
* LoveTriangle:
**
LoveTriangle: The Spirit is in one of these with Ellen Dolan and Sand Saref, and every other woman in the movie.
**
movie (except maybe Morgenstern). And death incarnate. And ''the city''.
***
city''. Let's re-emphasize: '''''the Angel of Death is in love with the Spirit!'''''
* MacGuffin: The items in both chests, [[spoiler:the blood Blood of Heracles and the Golden Fleece.]]



* MaleGaze: The film shamelessly indulges in this, although, given that the director is FrankMiller, this isn't particularly surprising. Eva Mendes gets the most of it with a full nude shot from the rear when Danny catches Saref in nothing but a towel.

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* MaleGaze: The film shamelessly indulges in this, although, given that the director is FrankMiller, Creator/FrankMiller, this isn't particularly surprising. Eva Mendes gets the most of it with a full nude shot from the rear when Danny catches Saref in nothing but a towel.



* MeaningfulName: The Spirit receives vivid hallucinations about a [[{{Psychopomp}} female personification of death]] aptly named '''Lorelei Rox''' after the dangerous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorelei Lorelei Rock]] which became associated with legends of Sirens.

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* MeaningfulName: The Spirit receives vivid hallucinations about a [[{{Psychopomp}} female personification of death]] Death]] aptly named '''Lorelei Rox''' after the dangerous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorelei Lorelei Rock]] which became associated with legends of Sirens.



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: the Spirit's brand new super healing powers, not present in the comics.

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* MrFanservice: In a movie chock-full of [[MsFanservice Ms. Fanservices]], Gabriel Macht does a pretty damn good job at compensating alone for the other side.
* MsFanservice: Creator/ScarlettJohansson, Creator/EvaMendes, Creator/PazVega and Jaime King (and, why not, Creator/SarahPaulson). It's a Frank Miller film. You work it out.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: the The Spirit's brand new super healing powers, not present in the comics.



-->'''The Spirit''': ''(to the Octopus)'' Why do you KEEP saying that?!

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-->'''The Spirit''': ''(to Spirit:''' ''[to the Octopus)'' Octopus]'' Why do you KEEP saying that?!



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Commissioner, who delivers a WhatTheHellHero at the Spirit after the Octopus kills two of his cops, but gives him one last chance.



* ScaryBlackMan: Because he's '''''BAD!!!'''''

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* ScaryBlackMan: The Octopus. Because he's '''''BAD!!!'''''



--> '''The Octopus''': ''When my buddies here find Sand Saref, I won't'' '''need''' ''profits, I'll have the blood. Then, if I want something, I'll just'' '''take''' ''it!'' '''''That's what gods do!'''''
* SelfParody: Frank Miller claims this was his intention.
** ParodyRetcon: During filming and promotion, Miller and co. talked like it was a serious movie in tribute to the comics and Eisner in general. Then the movie actually came out...

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--> '''The Octopus''': ''When Octopus:''' When my buddies here find Sand Saref, I won't'' '''need''' ''profits, I'll have the blood. Then, if I want something, I'll just'' '''take''' ''it!'' ''it! '''''That's what gods do!'''''
* SelfParody: Frank Miller claims this was his intention.
** ParodyRetcon: During filming and promotion, Miller and co. talked like it was a serious movie in tribute to the comics and Eisner in general. Then the movie actually came out...
intention.



** According to the movie credits, the "butcher's chart" of the Spirit was drawn by GeoffDarrow.

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** According to the movie credits, the "butcher's chart" of the Spirit was drawn by GeoffDarrow.Geoff Darrow.



* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness:
** Starts pretty serious, but then it rapidly becomes silly.
* SpamAttack:
-->'''The Octopus''': There's shot to hell, there's shot to hell, and there's just plain ridiculous...
* StrippedToTheBone
* SurroundedByIdiots:
** The Octopus can clone expendable henchmen, but can't make them smart.
*** Well, he tried to make a smart clone. But the results were just... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM plain damn weird]].
* ThemeNaming:
** The Octopus' henchmen's names, Ethos, Pathos, Logos, etc. Towards the end, it starts getting weird (the last two are Adios and Amigos).
** Particularly since Huevos was standing next to Rancheros.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Because the Octopus and the Spirit are immortal.

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* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness:
** The Spirit at one point finds himself tied to a dentist's chair by the Octopus and Silken Floss, who are dressed as Nazis. It's [[Film/MarathonMan probably NOT safe]].
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness:
Starts pretty serious, but then it rapidly becomes silly.
* SpamAttack:
SpamAttack:[Looks around at Nazi decorations
-->'''The Octopus''': Octopus:''' There's shot to hell, there's shot to hell, and there's just plain ridiculous...
* StrippedToTheBone
* SurroundedByIdiots:
**
SurroundedByIdiots: The Octopus can clone expendable henchmen, but can't make them smart.
*** Well, he tried
smart. He ''tried'' to make a smart clone.clone once. But the results were just... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5xWXJpSvzM plain damn weird]].
weird.]]
* ThemeNaming:
**
ThemeNaming: The Octopus' henchmen's names, Ethos, Pathos, Logos, etc. Towards the end, it starts getting weird (the last two are Adios and Amigos).
**
Amigos). Particularly since more obvious when Huevos was standing next to Rancheros.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Because the Octopus and the Spirit are immortal.practically immortal thanks to their HealingFactor, they have to unload a lot on each other. In the end, [[spoiler:the Spirit has to spread the Octopus all over the alley with a grenade to stop him, and even then, it's implied that he'll be regenerated from the finger that Silken Floss recovered.]]



** ''sniffs'' "What smells [[DepravedDentist dental]]?" {{beat}} "Dental ''and'' [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]], [[SarcasmMode great]]."
** It's [[ShoutOut probably]] [[Film/MarathonMan NOT safe.]]

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** ''sniffs'' "What -->'''The Spirit:''' ''[sniffs]'' What smells [[DepravedDentist dental]]?" {{beat}} "Dental dental]]? ''[{{beat}}, as he looks around to see Nazi decorations]'' Dental ''and'' [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]], [[SarcasmMode great]]."
** It's [[ShoutOut probably]] [[Film/MarathonMan NOT safe.]]



* VictoriasSecretCompartment Silken Floss at the end.

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* VictoriasSecretCompartment VictoriasSecretCompartment: Silken Floss at the end.end puts the Octopus' finger here.
11th Jun '16 4:03:03 AM JackG
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** Full of trademark FrankMiller-esque dialog: "That's crazy talk...you're talkin' crazy talk!" Only Frank and Mickey Spillane talk like that.

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** Full of trademark FrankMiller-esque dialog: "That's crazy talk...you're talkin' crazy talk!" Only Frank and Mickey Spillane Literature/MickeySpillane talk like that.
6th Jun '16 4:32:40 AM Morgenthaler
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** The original comic was by Will Eisner, and was quite colorful and upbeat. The movie is essentially a LighterAndSofter, PG-13 ''SinCity''.

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** The original comic was by Will Eisner, and was quite colorful and upbeat. The movie is essentially a LighterAndSofter, PG-13 ''SinCity''.''ComicBook/SinCity''.
30th Mar '16 3:04:21 AM Qube
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Added DiffLines:

* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Silken Floss plays this role, being more business-minded and realistic than the eccentric Octopus but going along with his schemes regardless.
4th Oct '15 4:18:55 PM StarSword
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* ClusterFBomb: The Commissioner drops a PG-rated version when Officer Morgenstern turns up with her {{BFG}}.
-->'''Dolan:''' Is every goddamn woman in this goddamn hellhole out of her goddamn mind?\\
'''Morgenstern:''' No, sir, they're just equipped!



-->'''Dolan:''' Is every goddamn woman in this goddamn hellhole out of her goddamn mind?
-->'''Morgenstern:''' No, sir, they're just equipped!

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-->'''Dolan:''' Is every goddamn woman in this goddamn hellhole out of her goddamn mind?
-->'''Morgenstern:'''
mind?\\
'''Morgenstern:'''
No, sir, they're just equipped!
4th Oct '15 4:17:02 PM StarSword
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Added DiffLines:

* TheCanKickedHim: During the swamp fight the Octopus bludgeons the Spirit with a toilet that was inexplicably in the mud with them.
-->'''Octopus:''' Come on! Toilets are ''always'' funny.
4th Oct '15 4:13:36 PM StarSword
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* MaleGaze: The film shamelessly indulges in this, although, given that the director is FrankMiller, this isn't particularly surprising.

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* MaleGaze: The film shamelessly indulges in this, although, given that the director is FrankMiller, this isn't particularly surprising. Eva Mendes gets the most of it with a full nude shot from the rear when Danny catches Saref in nothing but a towel.
12th Sep '15 2:30:46 AM Cindylover1969
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** Also, rookie cop Stana Katic insists on '''SHOUTING EVERYTHING SHE SAYS FOR NO APPARENT REASON'''.

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** Also, There's also rookie cop Stana Katic insists on '''SHOUTING Katic's '''[[NoIndoorVoice INSISTENCE ON SHOUTING EVERYTHING SHE SAYS FOR NO APPARENT REASON'''.REASON]]'''.
12th Sep '15 2:25:03 AM Cindylover1969
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** Thankfully the actors playing the clones are only credited as being "Athos, Etc." in the end titles.

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** Thankfully Thankfully, Louis Lombardi (who plays ''all'' the actors playing the clones are clones) is only credited as being "Athos, Etc." in the end titles.
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