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Defendor (2009)

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Arthur Poppington, a regular man who adopts a superhero persona, known as "Defendor", combs the city streets at night, in search of his archenemy, Captain Industry.

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Peter Stebbings

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Peter Stebbings
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Arthur Poppington aka Defendor
Elias Koteas ... Chuck Dooney
Michael Kelly ... Paul Carter
Sandra Oh ... Dr. Ellen Park
Kat Dennings ... Kat Debrofkowitz
Clark Johnson ... Captain Roger Fairbanks
Lisa Ray ... Dominique Ball
A.C. Peterson ... Radovan Kristic
Kristin Booth ... Wendy Carter (as Kristen Booth)
Charlotte Sullivan ... Fay
Tony Nappo ... Biker Cliff
Ron White ... Judge Wilson
David Gardner David Gardner ... Grandpa Henry
Bryan Renfro ... Mr. Debrofkowitz
Max Dreesen Max Dreesen ... Young Arthur
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Storyline

A crooked cop, a mob boss and the young girl they abuse are the denizens of a city's criminal underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is committed to fighting when he changes into a vigilante super-hero of his own making, Defendor. With no power other than courage Defendor takes to the streets to protect the city's innocents. Written by Anonymous

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Fight back See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use and language throughout, violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

13 May 2010 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Defendor - A véderő See more »

Filming Locations:

Dundas, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,265, 21 February 2010

Gross USA:

$44,462

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,462
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Stebbings' screenwriting and directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Katerina wants to take a look inside Defendor's cardboard box, it is clear the flaps aren't sealed even before she runs a knife between them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Park: Arthur? Arthur.
Arthur Poppington: Yeah.
Dr. Park: Are you thinking about the question?
Arthur Poppington: Mmm... Are you Japanese?
Dr. Park: No.
Arthur Poppington: Mieko Tatsuri is Japanese.
Dr. Park: Oh. Who is Mieko Tatsuri?
Arthur Poppington: Mmm... She's the leader of Blowback. Her father is a ninja and her mother is an alien from the gamma sector.
Dr. Park: Okay well, I'm Korean from Earth.
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A Don Quixote for our times
22 March 2010 | by MuttinesSee all my reviews

This was a rather enjoyable and strangely touching action caper, with moments of genuine depth and truth.

Woody Harrelson proves once again that he's an incredibly versatile and emotionally astute actor, with an arresting performance that carries the story along with remarkable zeal and fun. And while the plot and direction skirt close to sentimentalism towards the end, Harrelson executes the last few scenes in a manner so as not to spoil the quirky edge of the film.

Another angle that I found particularly enjoyable were the deferred references to Don Quixote - if you've read Cervantes's hilarious Rennaissance series you'll no doubt notice uncanny similarities that suggest homage: In lieu of the outlandish chivalric tales that madden Don Quixote and compel him to forge his own suit of armour and 'sally forth' into the wilds of quiet old La Mancha, we have 'Defendor', who similarly loses what few wits he has to begin with by obsessively reading comic books and deciding to become a superhero in an anonymous post-industrial slum. Sancho Panza is replaced by a saner but similarly pliant crack-addict, Kat, and Rosindante is supplanted by his 'defendog' mobile.

There are other similarities the movie has with D. Quixote, but to mention those would give the game away. It will suffice to say, however, that the film is quite highly recommended by this viewer, if not just for the joy of seeing Don Quixote once again take to the streets in all his glory.


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