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Defendor [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Woody Harrelson , Kat Dennings , Peter Stebbings    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas, Michael Kelly
  • Directors: Peter Stebbings
  • Writers: Peter Stebbings
  • Producers: Joel Burch, John N. Kozman, Leah Jaunzems, Mark Slone, Nicholas Tabarrok
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese Chinese, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 13 April 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003626TNG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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At first glance, Defendor might look like a slapstick comedy or a low-budget superhero movie, but its DNA lies more with Taxi Driver (though it's considerably gentler in tone than Martin Scorsese's classic). Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson, Zombieland) just wants to make the world a better place; unfortunately, he's a bit dim and has delusions of grandeur that lead him to skulk around the urban jungle in a black turtleneck with a duct-taped D on his chest. His floundering but relentless efforts to bring down a drug-dealing pimp and a crooked undercover cop (Elias Koteas, The Adjuster) earn him the respect of a teen prostitute (Kat Dennings, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) and the psychiatrist (Sandra Oh, Sideways) assigned by the court to do a psychiatric evaluation--but that may not be enough to keep him alive when confronted with real danger. The key to Defendor is that, though the plot may be implausible, it's grounded in realistic and well-drawn characters. The excellent cast (also featuring Michael Kelly, whose face will be familiar from many a supporting role) plays everything vividly real, which keeps Arthur's struggle compelling. Defendor is a surprisingly sincere and complex movie, worth watching whether you're a fan of superheroes or not. --Bret Fetzer

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Arthur Poppington doesn't need superpowers or fancy toys to fight crime. Armed only with a childlike sense of wonder and his quirky arsenal of cheap, homemade gadgets, he becomes Defendor! He finds an unexpected partner when he rescues and falls for a local prostitute. Can the two of them take down the city's most fearsome crime boss without getting killed in the process?

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
*Minor Spoilers* On paper- there isn't a lot of originality here. The 'emotionally/mentally disturbed individual who gets in way over his head' archetype was previously done in the excellent Special [2006] [DVD], although the level of brutality reaped on Defendor/Arthur Poppington is more akin to what happens to Dave Lizewski in Kick-Ass [DVD] [2010]. The 'Hooker with a Heart of Gold' supporting character 'Cat' is so cliched that it's almost a moot point to mention it. Whilst there are a few twists in turns in the script, and a wonderful ending that a mainstream Hollywood movie wouldn't accept, if I had been a producer or an investor, I might have considered this too derivative of previous movies to bother with funding.

Which probably explains why I'm writing reviews on Amazon, and don't work in the film industry, as the people behind this movie did a great job. Woody Harrelson is excellent as Arthur Poppington, and turns in a subtle yet earnest performance. (Indeed, it would be hard to single out one actor for special praise, as they are all uniformly excellent, including the child actors.) The pacing of the film is great, the editing (with old School Star Wars-style wipes) thoughtful, and the DOP does an astonishing job with the lighting and the fiming, to the point where this movie 'feels' substantially more expensive than it actually was.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great dysfunctional super-hero tale 11 Jan 2011
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This 2009 Canadian superhero comedy film stars Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, and Elias Koteas.

The best comparison is of a combo of 'Kickass' and 'Taxi Driver', bizzare as that sounds...promise!!

The story tells of a mentally-ill man who adopts the persona of a superhero named 'Defendor' on a quest to find his arch enemy, Captain Industry.

The film begins with a psychiatrist interviewing Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson) in a psychiatric evaluation. At first he is confused to the point that he thinks he's being quizzed, but he slowly opens up, recalling an incident in which he assaulted Mr. Debrofkowitz, the owner of a dry-cleaning service.

He starts his story one night where he is investigating shipment docks, and assaults a police officer who claims to be working undercover. Dooney (Elias Koteas) is a corrupt detective whose crack smoking, and having a prostitute in his company, leads Defendor to believe that he is under the employ of his arch nemesis, named Captain Industry.

Arthur lives alone in the government construction department that he works at during the day. His life is very solitary, but after another confrontation with Dooney, he meets Angel (Kat Dennings), the prostitute who was smoking crack with Dooney. He is brutally beaten by Dooney's friends and she helps him recover. He learns that she is aware of Captain Industry's whereabouts and he allows her to live with him. For $40 a day, he enlists her help in apprehending Industry.

Their rather dysfunctional relationship forms this highly off-beat story. In this current day of Dark Knights, Green Hornet, Iron Men and vampires, this film I found to be amusing and refreshing - recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best viewed without comparison to Kick-Ass 23 Aug 2010
By Twiss
You'll struggle not to make comparison with Kick-Ass before you watch this. At first I was expecting it to be a complete rip-off. Yet here we have a touching movie, with just as many tender moments as it has funny ones. The movie revolves around Arthur Poppington, a terribly dressed superhero wannabe with a desire to catch a super criminal. Arthur is forever taking beatings and failing in his quest to find and catch Captain Industry. This is why the movie works. Due to the truth of it all, we relate to Arthur and, whilst we wish him to succeed, we also concede he is probably doomed to failure.

There's not much to say without giving the plot away, but this is a nicely done movie which may unfortunately struggle to live in a world with Kick-Ass. I think watching it with an open mind and without comparison will help viewers realise that this is a good film with different objectives to its more famous cousin.

Woody is excellent in this movie, and I doubt there are many who will come away without warming to his role as Defendor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a sweet film. 2 Sep 2012
In a world of large-budgeted super-heroic cinema, I always find it refreshing to see a low-key approach such as the one presented in Defendor. One glance at Woody Harrelson as the pound-land crime fighter would probably make you think that the film's tongue is firmly planted in its cheek. In actuality, this comedy drama has weight and serious performances. No doubt, Harrelson is the main draw to this film, but it's the ensemble that really sells the material.

Harrelson tackles the character head-on and instils him with a cool, yet nave quality that really fits the role. As far as the supporting cast goes, Kat Dennings as the hooker with a heart and Elias Koteas as the bent cop, both deliver the goods and inject both humour and the tragedy of the streets into their extremely different characters.

I think, maybe what I like about these kinds of films is the plausibility of it all. This isn't a wealthy vigilante or a superhuman one, just a mixed-up guy using household items to fight the crime that made him what he is. Though other films have covered this same territory before, most notably, Kick-Ass and Super, and, no doubt more will in the future, but what sets Defendor apart from the rest is its unique modesty and naivety of its title character. This film could actually be described as very sweet and I bet you can't really name any other super hero movies that have that quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars SLOW
Woody Harrelson stars as the dimwitted good hearted vigilante Defendor. (I KNOW HOW TO SPELL IT!) He makes friends with Kat Dennings, a prostitute, who cares for him after a street... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Damned good and very touching
The story is unpleasant- fairly violent vigilante movies tend to be. However, the whole thing is made by another fantastic Woody Harrelson performance as the slight simpleton... Read more
Published 9 months ago by fat man on a bicycle
5.0 out of 5 stars V Good!
Very funny. Saw at the cinema and had to get a copy on DVD. Would highly recommend as it is a great film.
Published 9 months ago by E.Skates
3.0 out of 5 stars Superheros Just Get Meta and Meta
Superhero films have officially gone Meta. This happens when a genre becomes so popular and well known that film makers can play with the format. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming & funny
I just love this film, and proceeded to buy it for my friends (who don't have netflix!)
It's funny, heartwarming and Mr Harrelson is brilliant.
Published 19 months ago by SS
4.0 out of 5 stars "..VERY ENTERTAINING.."
Woody Harrelson has made a come back lately with so many funny roles and cameos like in 2012 and especially the awesome Zombieland! Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Drury
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny, cute
And that's just Woody Harrelson! :p
A lovely little film, well worth watching - don't expect super-hero biff pow bang. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Jinjapewbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Defendo or Defendon't
I'd never heard about this film until I'd watched Seth Rogen's `Observe and Report' - a film which has the line, "I thought this was going to be funny, but actually it's kinda... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film.....
Looking at the other reviews,I think prospective buyers may be a little confused as to what category this film actually falls into. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Jack Redburn.
4.0 out of 5 stars Woody Harrelson's best role in ages
Defendor (he gets a bit touchy if it's spelt with an '-er') is the story of Arthur Poppington (Woody Harrelson - Bunraku) - a guy who is definitely a few cards short of a full... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2011 by J. Morris
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