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American Splendor

The movie American Splendor was based on the book American Splendor: Life and Times of Harvey Pekar.

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Movie details for American Splendor

The movie was released in 2003 and directed by Shari Springer Berman. American Splendor was produced by HBO Video. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com.

Actors on this movie include Shari Springer Berman, Paul Giamatti, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose, Nick Baxter, Vivienne Benesch, Earl Billings, Rebecca Borger, Barbara Brown, Cameron Carter, Mary Faktor, Eli Ganias, Danny Hoch, Josh Hutcherson, Sylvia Kauders, Joey Krajcar, Larry John Meyers, Daniel Tay and James Urbaniak.

 

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One of the most acclaimed films of 2003, American Splendor is also one of the most audaciously creative biographical movies ever made. Blending fact, fiction, and personal perspective from the comic books that inspired it, this marvelous portrait of Harve... Read More
One of the most acclaimed films of 2003, American Splendor is also one of the most audaciously creative biographical movies ever made. Blending fact, fiction, and personal perspective from the comic books that inspired it, this marvelous portrait of Harvey Pekar--scowling curmudgeon, brow-beaten everyman, insightful chronicler of his own life, and frustrated file clerk at a Cleveland V.A. hospital--is an inspired amalgam of the media (comic books, TV, and film) that lifted Pekar from obscurity to the status of a pop-cultural icon. As played by Paul Giamatti in a master-stroke of casting, we see Pekar and his understanding wife (played by Hope Davis) as underdogs in a world full of obstacles, yet also infused with subtle hope and (gasp!) heartwarming perseverance. We also see the real Pekar, and this multifaceted commingling of "reel" and "real" turns American Splendor into a uniquely cinematic celebration of Pekar's life and, by extension, the tenacity of an unlikely American hero. --Jeff Shannon

Book details for American Splendor: Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

American Splendor: Life and Times of Harvey Pekar was written by Harvey Pekar. The book was published in 1986 by Ballantine Books. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

 

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The inspiration for the award-winning moviefrom HBO Films and Fine Line FeaturesAMERICAN SPLENDORThe Life and Times of Harvey Pekar Two classic comic anthologies in one volumeStories by Harvey PekarIntroduction by R. CrumbArt by Kevin Brown, Gregory Budge... Read More
The inspiration for the award-winning movie
from HBO Films and Fine Line Features

AMERICAN SPLENDOR
The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

Two classic comic anthologies in one volume

Stories by Harvey Pekar

Introduction by R. Crumb

Art by Kevin Brown, Gregory Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray

The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival

American Splendor is the world’s first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships. Pekar has been compared to Dreiser, Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce. But he is truly more than all of them—he is himself.

“Mr. Pekar has . . . proven that comics can address the ambiguities of daily living, that like the finest fiction, they can hold a mirror up to life.”
The New York Times

“[Pekar] has a vision that makes daily city life—a ride on the bus, a run-in with a boss, or simply buying bread—dramatic.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Simply stated, American Splendor is the most superb literary endeavor to come off the streets of Cleveland in decades.”
The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

“Mr. Pekar lets all of life flood into his panels: the humdrum and the heroic, the gritty and the grand.”
The New York Times Book Review