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Encyclopedia > American Splendor (film)
American Splendor

American Splendor theatrical poster
Directed by Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Written by Comic Book:
Harvey Pekar
Joyce Brabner
Screenplay:
Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Starring Paul Giamatti
Hope Davis
Harvey Pekar
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Editing by Robert Pulcini
Release date(s) January 20, 2003 (Sundance Film Festival)
Flag of Canada July 18, 2003
(limited)
Flag of the United States August 15, 2003 (limited)
Running time 100 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

American Splendor is a 2003 biopic about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. It is in part an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar's life. It was written and directed by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. It stars Paul Giamatti as Pekar and Hope Davis as his wife, Joyce Brabner. However, it also features appearances from Pekar and Brabner themselves, who discuss their lives, the comic books, and how it feels to be depicted onscreen by actors. It was filmed entirely on location in Cleveland and Lakewood in Ohio.[citation needed] Image File history File links Download high resolution version (509x755, 71 KB)American Splendor film poster File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Harvey Pekar on the cover of American Splendor: Portrait of the Author in his Declining Years Harvey Pekar (pronounced /ar-vay pea-kar/) (born October 8, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a U.S. underground comic book writer. ... Joyce Brabner (born 1952) is a writer of political comics and sometimes collaborator with her husband Harvey Pekar. ... Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A biographical film or biopic is a film about a particular person or group of people, based on events that actually happened. ... Harvey Pekar on the cover of American Splendor: Portrait of the Author in his Declining Years Harvey Pekar (pronounced /ar-vay pea-kar/) (born October 8, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a U.S. underground comic book writer. ... American Splendor #1 cover American Splendor is a series of autobiographical comic books and graphic novels written by Harvey Pekar and drawn by a variety of artists. ... Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. ... Joyce Brabner (born 1952) is a writer of political comics and sometimes collaborator with her husband Harvey Pekar. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Lakewood is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Greater Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...

Contents

Cast

Actor Role
Paul Giamatti Harvey Pekar
Harvey Pekar Himself
Hope Davis Joyce Brabner
Joyce Brabner Herself
James Urbaniak Robert Crumb
Judah Friedlander Toby Radloff
Toby Radloff Himself

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (born June 6, 1967) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Harvey Pekar on the cover of American Splendor: Portrait of the Author in his Declining Years Harvey Pekar (pronounced /ar-vay pea-kar/) (born October 8, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a U.S. underground comic book writer. ... Harvey Pekar on the cover of American Splendor: Portrait of the Author in his Declining Years Harvey Pekar (pronounced /ar-vay pea-kar/) (born October 8, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a U.S. underground comic book writer. ... Hope Davis (born March 23, 1964) is an American actress. ... Joyce Brabner (born 1952) is a writer of political comics and sometimes collaborator with her husband Harvey Pekar. ... Joyce Brabner (born 1952) is a writer of political comics and sometimes collaborator with her husband Harvey Pekar. ... James Urbaniak (born September 17, 1963 in Bayonne, New Jersey) is an American actor. ... Robert Dennis Crumb, often credited simply as R. Crumb (born August 30, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. ... Judah Friedlanders first official introduction to showbiz was actually as a soundman on future star Chris Rocks short Who is Chris Rock?, but ten years later, Friedlander started getting in front of the camera as a comic actor, following appearances on the now defunct series Lateline as a... Toby Radloff is an actor and television personality who appeared on MTV throughout the 1980s as the Genuine Nerd. He shot to fame when he was featured as a himself in Harvey Pekars American Splendor comics. ... Toby Radloff is an actor and television personality who appeared on MTV throughout the 1980s as the Genuine Nerd. He shot to fame when he was featured as a himself in Harvey Pekars American Splendor comics. ...

Responses

American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival, in addition to the award for Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2003, the movie received the FIPRESCI (critics) award.[1] It was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2003 Academy Awards. The film has a 94% fresh rating of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... FIPRESCI (short for Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique), in English known as International Federation of Film Critics, comprised of the national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


References

  1. ^ 2003 FIPRESCI award winners

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Preceded by
Personal Velocity
Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
2003
Succeeded by
Primer
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