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At the end of World War II, Nazi officers Karl Ruprecht Kroenen (Ladislav Beran) and Ilsa Haupstein (Biddy Hodson) start an experiment to raise the forces of Hell trough Russian dark mystic Rasputin (Karel Roden) on a Scottish island, but it's interrupted by an allied commando guided by professor Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm (Kevin Trainor). 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 (Sir John Hurt) is aging, he hand-picks brilliant, sensitive Agent John Myers (Rupert Evans) as new minder-companion, as regular "warrior" Agent Clay (Corey Johnson) can't empathize and lacks flexibility mental. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) is quite a handful, regularly spotted by worried civilians on unauthorized excursions, especially to pyro-telekinetic freak friend ...Written by
Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm (Sir John Hurt) is revealed early in the movie to be gravely ill from cancer (in the Director's Cut DVD, he is revealed to have only a few months left, and it is a malignant sarcoma in his lungs and spine). Hurt died from pancreatic cancer. See more »
When Hellboy fights the monster on the subway train, the monster jumps off the back of the train while Hellboy still holds on to the front of the train, struggling to get on. Since the train is driving away from the monster, this would bring Hellboy further and further away from the monster, yet when Hellboy is eventually forced to let go of the subway train, he ends up at the exact place the monster is. See more »
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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The film title is formed from a cathedral passageway, accompanied by documents of Hellboy's sightings. See more »
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 »
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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