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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 arch-enemy, Captain Industry.

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Dominique Ball
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Radovan Kristic
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Wendy Carter (as Kristen Booth)
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Fay
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Grandpa Henry
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Mr. Debrofkowitz
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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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An unexpected hero will rise. 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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13 May 2010 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Defendor - A véderő  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,265, 21 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,462
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Canadian actor Peter Stebbings's screenwriting and directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

Arthur makes a big deal about being called "DefenDOR", yet when he's talking with Kat, he calls himself "Defender". 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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Connections

References Columbo (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Traditional
Arranged by John Rowley
Published by John Rowley (as John William Wildman Rowley) (SOCAN)
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A Don Quixote for our times
22 March 2010 | by See 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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