American Splendor (2003)

American Splendor

American Splendor (2003)

rated-r-white  | 101 minutes

Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.

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.

Directed by Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman

Based on the comic book series “American Splendor” by Harvey Pekar and “Our Cancer Year” by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner.

Harvey Pekar
Joyce Brabner
Toby Radloff
Robert Crumb
Mr. Boats
Alice Quinn

MPAA Rated R Restricted for language


American Splendor was released on September 12, 2003 and spent a total of 16 weeks (112 days) in theaters.

Production Budget
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Box Office Revenue
Domestic Box Office
International Box Office
Worldwide Box Office $7,986,084

A HBO Films in association with Fine Line Features presentation of a Good Machine production.

Paul GiamattiPaul Giamatti was born June 6, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut. He is known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Cinderella Man (2005) and Sideways (2004).
Hope DavisHope Davis was born March 23, 1964 in Englewood, New Jersey. She is known for her roles in Disconnect (2012), About Schmidt (2002) and Arlington Road (1999).
Judah FriedlanderJudah Friedlander was born March 16, 1969 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He is known for his roles in 30 Rock (TV series), The Wrestler (2008) and Zoolander (2001).
James UrbaniakJames Urbaniak was born September 17, 1963 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is known for his roles in The Venture Bros. (TV series), You Don’t Know Jack (2010) and Henry Fool (1997).
Earl BillngsEarl Billings was born July 4, 1945 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is known for his roles in Thank You for Smoking (2005), Crimson Tide (1995) and One False Move (1992).
James McCaffreyJames McCaffrey was born 1959 in Belfast, Ireland. He is known for his roles in Rescue Me (TV series), Compliance (2012) and The Suspect (2013).
Maggie MooreMaggie Moore is known for her roles in The Visitor (2007), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) and Darkman (1990).
Vivienne BeneschVivienne Benesch is known for her roles in Trifling with Fate (2000), Teeth (2007) and Tenderness (2009).