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Rated PG-13 · 125 minutes · 2004

Adventure, Fantasy, Science fiction
The title character, created in 1994 by comic book artist Mike Mignola, is a bright red behemoth who chews wearily on his cigar, files down the massive horns on his forehead because they make him feel self-conscious, and periodically emerges from his hiding place at a federal research institute to save the earth from supernatural predators. Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while, though I couldn't make heads or tails of this story, which involves Nazis, horrible gargoylelike monsters, and a resuscitated Rasputin. Selma Blair costars as a beautiful fire starter who makes Hellboy go all mushy inside, and the splendid production design is by Stephen Scott. Guillermo del Toro (The Devil's Backbone) directed; with Jeffrey Tambor and John Hurt.
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/hellboy
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Producer: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Mignola and Patrick Palmer
Cast: Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Karel Roden, Jeffrey Tambor, Doug Jones, Brian Steele, Ladislav Beran, Kevin Trainor, Brian Caspe, James Babson, Stephen Fisher, Garth Cooper and Angus MacInnes

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