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American Splendor (2003) Movie Information

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Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini


Paul Giamatti
Harvey Pekar
Earl Billings
Shari Springer Berman
Maggie Moore
Hope Davis





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A file clerk finds success writing comics about an everyday man that people seem to enjoy reading about because of the real people he creates.

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dukeakasmudge 09/17/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Im not into the comic books but I definitely liked the movie even though I wasnt expecting to

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Bri 01/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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What a charming and uplifting little movie. Paul Giamatti is at his grouchy best, but this movie is full of imperfect love and tenacious humor. Harvey Pekar will be missed, but this is a wonderful introduction to his work and personality.

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mitchellyoung 09/17/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Paul Giamatti gives a great quirky and neurotic performance here. I found this film subtle and enjoyable, but at times it is a little dull and slow-moving.

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Chris Kavan 03/23/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A great biography of Harvey Pekar, an cult comic hero to many, who writes about life, the good, bad and ugly of it all. Paul Giamatti is in top form, and the story is wonderful. It may not be mainstream, but it's worth watching.

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Alex 04/23/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A decently entertaining biography of a comic book writer and artist that few people now days may know or even hear of. Giamatti is very good in his role and the characters are fairly deep. Still, it may be too odd for most people.

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01/12/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

An American Masterpiece

Excellent film, my favorite movie of 2003.

This is such an original and brilliant bio-pic. In 'American Splendor,' Paul Giamatti plays Harvey Pekar, the comic book creator who became famous as a recurring guest on the David Letterman Show. A resident of Cleveland, Pekar was a socially backward man who found he had the talent to translate the pain, loneliness and frustration of his own unhappy life into universal truths, writing material that other artists would then illustrate in comic book form. He began a series entitled `American Splendor,' which was really an ongoing autobiographical narrative, drawing on people and events in his own life as his source of inspiration. The film, a pseudo-documentary of sorts, tells his life story by cutting back and forth between both staged reenac...

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