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Darkman (1990)

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

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Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise. Written by Rob Hartill

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In the darkest hour, there is a light that shines on every human being...but ONE! See more »


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24 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek ciemnosci  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$33,878,502 (USA)
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Trivia

Bill Paxton was almost cast as Peyton Westlake. According to Paxton, he told his friend Liam Neeson about the audition. When Neeson got the the role, Paxton was so angry, that he did not speak to Neeson for months. See more »

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During the helicopter/freeway sequence, the same clown-faced ice cream truck gets blown up twice. See more »

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Eddie Black: [on phone] 'Cause he's an asshole! Tell him no. Tell him no, too. Him, tell "fuck you." No, I'm gonna be here a minute. Got some guy coming up who thinks he's gonna muscle me out of my property. What's it matter! Just another tough guy, that's all.
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The opening credit sequence is full of dark clouds and brief images of Darkman. The second A in the title is shaped like Darkman's silhouette. See more »

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Followed by Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) See more »

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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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