American Splendor

American Splendor

Shari Springer Berman
Shari Springer Berman
Director: Robert Pulcini Cast: Shari Springer Berman
Shari Springer Berman
, Paul Giamatti
Paul Giamatti
, Hope Davis
Hope Davis
Robert Pulcini


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The documentary directing team of Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman makes their narrative feature debut with the biographical comedy drama American Splendor. Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti) is a comic book writer inspired by the work of his friend Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak). Pekar writes his comics about the sad monotony of everyday life, based on his own life in Cleveland, OH, working as a file clerk at a veteran's hospital and spending his time reading books and listening to jazz. He meets up with Joyce Brabner (Hope Davis) and they enjoy a depressive relationship together. The filmmakers employ a combination of live-action film, video, and animation, including narration and commentary from the real-life Harvey Pekar. The screenplay was based on Pekar's comic book series American Splendor, which he has been writing since 1976 on Dark Horse Comics, and the 1994 book-length comic Our Cancer Year, written by Pekar and Brabner. American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
UPC: 0883316799703
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: Hbo Archives
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 13,288

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Giamatti Harvey Pekar
Hope Davis Joyce Brabner
Harvey Pekar Real Harvey
Shari Springer Berman Interviewer
James Urbaniak Robert Crumb
Judah Friedlander Toby Radloff
Earl Billings Mr. Boats
Joyce Brabner Real Joyce
Madylin Sweeten Danielle
James McCaffrey Fred
Danielle Batone Real Danielle
Maggie Moore Alice Quinn

Technical Credits
Shari Springer Berman Director,Screenwriter
Robert Pulcini Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Robert Desue Set Decoration/Design
Ann Goulder Casting
Ted Hope Producer
Julia King Associate Producer
Whit Norris Sound/Sound Designer
Chip Signore Asst. Director
Terry Stacey Cinematographer
Mark Suozzo Score Composer
Twinkle Animator
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer

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