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Runtime: 101 min

Genres: Biography | Comedy | Drama

Languages: English

Countries: USA

Harvey Pekar is file clerk at the local VA hospital. His interactions with his co-workers offer some relief from the monotony, and their discussions encompass everything from music to the decline of American culture to new flavors of jellybeans and life itself. At home, Harvey fills his days with reading, writing and listening to jazz. His apartment is filled with thousands of books and LPs, and he regularly scours Cleveland's thrift stores and garage sales for more, savoring the rare joy of a 25-cent find. It is at one of these junk sales that Harvey meets Robert Crumb, a greeting card artist and music enthusiast. When, years later, Crumb finds international success for his underground comics, the idea that comic books can be a valid art form for adults inspires Harvey to write his own brand of comic book. An admirer of naturalist writers like Theodore Dreiser, Harvey makes his "American Splendor" a truthful, unsentimental record of his working-class life, a warts-and-all self portrait. First published in 1976, the comic earns Harvey cult fame throughout the 1980s and eventually leads him to the sardonic Joyce Barber, a partner in a Delaware comic book store who end ups being Harvey's true soul mate as they experience the bizarre byproducts of Harvey's cult celebrity stature.

Writers (4)

Harvey Pekar comic book series American Splendor and
Joyce Brabner comic book series Our Cancer Year
Robert Pulcini (written by)
Shari Springer Berman (written by) &

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Terry Stacey (director of photography)

Actors (48)

Allen Branstein Mattress Guy #2
Amy K. Harmon Cheery Waitress
Barbara Brown Nurse
Bianca Santos Counter Girl
Cameron Carter Green Lantern
Charles Eduardos Doctor
Chris Ambrose Superman
Daniel Tay Young Harvey
Danielle Batone Real Danielle
Danny Hoch Marty
Dick Prochaska WW II Patient
Donal Logue Stage Actor Harvey
Earl Billings Mr. Boats
Ebon Moss-Bachrach MTV Director
Eli Ganias Pahls
Eytan Mirsky Guitarist
Harvey Pekar Real Harvey
Hope Davis Joyce Brabner
James McCaffrey Fred
James Urbaniak Robert Crumb
Jason Stevens Letterman Regular Voice (voice)
Jeff Peters Talk Show Host
Jesse Perez Miguel
Joey Krajcar Batman
Josh Hutcherson Robin
Joyce Brabner Real Joyce
Judah Friedlander Toby Radloff
Larry John Meyers Throat Doctor (as Larry John Myers)
Madylin Sweeten Danielle
Maggie Moore Alice Quinn
Marcus Wynnycky Comic Book Fan (uncredited)
Mary Faktor Housewife
Mike Rad Rand
Molly Shannon Stage Actor Joyce
Nick Baxter Mattress Guy #1
Ola Creston PA #1
Patrick Lafferty Yuppie
Paul Giamatti Harvey Pekar
Rebecca Borger Cashier
Rob Grader Stage Manager
Robert J. Williams Cancer Doctor
Robert Pulcini Bob The Director
Shari Springer Berman Interviewer (voice)
Sylvia Kauders Old Jewish Lady
Terrence Sullivan Letterman Regular
Toby Radloff Real Toby
Todd Cummings Talk Show Host Voice (voice)
Vivienne Benesch Lana