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American Splendor

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller.
Statement of Responsibility: HBO Films in association with Fine Line Features presents a Good Machine production, a film by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini ; produced by Ted Hope ; written and directed by Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman
Title: American splendor
[videorecording]
Publisher: New York, NY : HBO Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004], c2003
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2003
Based on the comic book series "American splendor" by Harvey Pekar and "Our cancer year" by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner
Special features: group audio commentary with directors and cast ; "My movie year" 6 page comic insert that appeared in "Entertainment Weekly"; and DVD ROM features including screen saver
Credits: Director of photography, Terry Stacey ; editor, Robert Pulcini ; music, Mark Suozzo ; costume designer, Michael Wilkinson ; production designer, Th?er?ese Deprez.
Performers: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, Judah Friedlander, James Urbaniak, Earl Billings, James McCaffrey, Maggie Moore, Vivienne Benesch.
Summary: Pekar is a frustrated file clerk working at the local V.A. Hospital. He is also a comic book fan who befriends the young illustrator Robert Crumb and is soon inspired to create comic books based on his own life. Along his bumpy journey he meets, marries and falls in love with Joyce, an admiring comic book seller.
Audience: Rated R for language
System Details: DVD; Region 1; NTSC; Dolby Digital
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Awards & Distinctions: Sundance Film Festival (2003): Grand Jury Prize ; Cannes Film Festival (2003): Film Festival International Critics Award
Subject Headings: Comic books, strips, etc. Drama Illustrators United States Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Films for the hearing impaired Longs m?etrages ?Etats-Unis
Genre/Form: Feature films
Comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Comic books, strips, etc
Illustrators
Man-woman relationships
Films for the hearing impaired
Longs metrages
Publisher No: 92031
ISBN: 0783123876
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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Oct 22, 2013
  • ThelmaPickles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Harvey Pekar is my soulmate.

Sep 12, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've always said that Paul Giamatti is sort of the more obscure version of Robert De Niro, and American Splendor is Giamatti's 'Raging Bull'. The story of the misanthropic and gloomy comic book author Harvey Pekar is bitter journey into issues most Americans don't think about, the frustrations and trials the average citizen must go through . I really feel Paul Giamatti understands this more than anyone, his performance is so real and geniuine, and just to make it more authentic, the filmmakers actually got the the real Harvey Pekar to narrate, most times I honestly can't tell them apart. Pekar finds a niche in something that he loves, and even if it might not look like, you can tell he loves doing it, and it's dedication like that gets you out of bed each morning to have another semi-decent day.

Dec 28, 2012
  • ttmilbr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done. Creative flips between cinema and reality. Definitely worth seeing.

Aug 31, 2012
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This film provides the background to the life of Harvey Pekar & all those appearances on television in the 80's and 90's. Harvey's social conditions explain his rather irascible personality. The juxtaposition of real personalities with actors in the film gives credibility to the actors' portrayal of the characters. You may ask yourself if you watch the historical Letterman clips or the clips of Harvey in this film, "Is this guy for real?" Apparently, the answer is an emphatic yes.

May 26, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

American Splendor is a film about Harvey Pekar, an ordinary guy living a bleak existence that decides to work with comic book artists and start a comic book series about the travails of his life. He became famous and when he got on the David Letterman Show, I realized that the story was real, as the real Harvey shows up in the Letterman show of a few decades ago. The movie is curious like this, as this is the only biographical movie where I have seen the real characters interacting with the actors. Harvey never got rich, but the royalties gave him some additional money to raise his living standard above subsistence.

Aug 05, 2010
  • Charlie68 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this warm story about a man living in Cleveland average blue collar who makes an impact on the world. It was funny, sweet and had some serious themes when the main character develops cancer and the battles that he goes through.

Jul 06, 2009
  • AS1987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of the most creative bio-pics ever made. An extremely innovative form of storytelling.

Paul Giamatti is incredible playing comic-book legend Harvey Pekar.

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Dec 09, 2011
  • aKOKO rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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