American Splendor

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Release Date:

  • August 15, 2003

DVD: February 3, 2004

1h 40m | Drama

American Splendor immerses you in the life and worldview of Harvey Pekar, working-class Everyman, first-class curmudgeon, and unlikely family man. It’s a pretty ordinary life: a dead-end job as a file clerk at a local V.A. hospital; an apartment in the same Rust Belt city, Cleveland, where he was born and raised; two busted marriages; and various hobbies and interests that help pass the time. But Harvey’s take on that life, and how he deals with it, is anything but average. Innately pessimistic and hilariously expressive, Harvey opines, complains, confronts, and on those occasions when he sees or experiences something fine, appreciates. His humanity and curiosity are as intrinsic to his personality as his acerbic humor.

Based on the acclaimed comic book of the same name by Harvey Pekar.
Director: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
Studio: Odeon Films
Producer(s): Ted Hope
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, James Urbaniak, Judah Friedlander, Harvey Pekar, Joyce Brabner, Josh Hutcherson
Writer(s): Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
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