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Running Time 100 min
MPAA rating R (Language)
Release Date Aug 15, 2003
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American Splendor

Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself, is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar's day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself). As Pekar's musings are brought to the screen in this unique and engaging production, the movie playfully incorporates comic book-like panels.

Paul Giamatti Harvey
Harvey Pekar Himself
Shari Springer Berman Interviewer
Earl Billings Mr. Boats
James Urbaniak Robert Crumb
Judah Friedlander Toby Radloff
Robert Pulcini Bob The Director
Toby Radloff Real Toby
Hope Davis Joyce
Joyce Brabner Real Joyce

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Feb 21, 2008 - Chicago Tribune

Imagine if "Ali" kept cutting from Will Smith's portrayal to actual Muhammad Ali fight footage, or if "Man on the Moon" interspersed clips of Andy Kaufman's comedy routines with Jim Carrey's impression of him. Those performances would be doomed because we'd never suspend our disbelief.

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