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Darkman (1990)

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A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.



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They destroyed everthing he had, everything he was. Now, crime has a new enemy and justice has a new face. See more »


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Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek ciemnosci  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)


$33,878,502 (USA)

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Durant's finger fetish derived from Sam Raimi wanting the character to have a specific trademark - one that hinted at a military background, which would explain why Durant is proficient with a grenade launcher when he's firing it from a helicopter. See more »


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[first lines]
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A Great Action Film That Works Because of the Characters
19 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Darkman" is one of those action films that succeeds because the characters remain the primary focus throughout. Scientist Liam Neeson has been disfigured in an explosion. However, he returns with the ability to produce 99-minute masks. Now he is going out and eliminating those who almost killed him. Frances McDormand is excellent as Neeson's love-interest and Larry Drake makes a great bad guy. The direction is solid and the screenplay is surprisingly smart. 4 stars out of 5.

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