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Basics Critics:84Viewers:70Rusty:78
Category: Bio/History, Comedy, DramaNotable as: Comedy-dramaSub-Category: Indie film, Biographical film, Comedy-drama, Marriage Drama, Comedy, DramaNarrative location: ClevelandRuntime: 96 - 101 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Shari Springer Berman, Robert PulciniScreenwriter: Shari Springer Berman, Robert PulciniBased on: American Splendor, Our Cancer YearMusic: Basil PoledourisCinematography: Terry StaceyStars: James Urbaniak, Hope Davis, Paul Giamatti, Donal Logue, James McCaffrey, Molly Shannon, Judah Friedlander, Harvey Pekar, Josh Hutcherson Producer: Ted HopeStudio: Good Machine, HBO FilmsAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini)Award details: (details at IMDb)

American Splendor is a 2003 American biographical comedy-drama film about Harvey Pekar, the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is also in part an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar's life. The film was written and directed by documentarians Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who share writing credit with Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner. The film stars Paul Giamatti as Pekar and Hope Davis as Brabner. It also features appearances from Pekar and Brabner themselves, who discuss their lives, the comic books, and how it feels to be depicted onscreen by actors. It was filmed entirely on location in Cleveland and Lakewood in Ohio.

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