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Darkman (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Fantasy  |  24 August 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Mashita ...
Rafael H. Robledo ...
Skip (as Danny Hicks)
Rick (as Theodore Raimi)
Dan Bell ...
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ...
Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung ...
Chinese Warrior


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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Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek ciemnosci  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$33,878,502 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Raimi described his intent for the film to be like an ideal comic book: "as dynamic and smashing as possible." See more »


When Peyton is smashing things with a pipe in the warehouse (while screaming "I'll give you a show!"), he calms down after seeing his reflection in water. He drops the pipe (we even hear it land), yet when we see his reflection again, he is still holding it. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Spawn (1997) See more »


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Written and Performed by Judy Valenti
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Was _very_ impressed -- what could have been a forgettable Z-movie turned out to be something rather profound
30 January 2000 | by (Seattle, WA, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie might have joined the ranks of the utterly forgettable Z-movies of the genre had it not been for excellent direction, superb characterization, and outstanding acting on the part of Liam Neeson, who played Peyton Westlake/Darkman, and Larry Drake, who played his enemy, the arch-villain, Durant. The movie presents the destruction of a man by a psychopathic monster for utterly trivial reasons -- and makes it clear that however horrifying the physical damage perpetrated on Peyton Westlake by Durant's minions might be, the effect on his soul and spirit is far worse. At the same time, it showed that in spite of what happened to him, Westlake/Darkman was able to rise above it at least enough to choose the life of a giver of justice rather than one of evil, as the physically unscarred drug-lord Durant & Co., the _real_ monsters in this film, had. This film does _not_ glamorize psychopathic, criminal violence in any way, but rather shows it for what it really is: repellant, ugly, and contemptible, destroying life and everything that supports it without a qualm for no better reason than cheap thrills or a very minor profit. This is _not_ a typical Hollywood film, nor just a cheap garage-flick monster movie special. It shows with graphic realism exactly what is left when conscience, civilization, and the rest of the more delicate mechanisms that constitute our humanity are stripped away: pure beastliness, without glamour and without redemption of any sort. -- And it shows, as well, that even when everything is taken from a man, he can rise above it, choose to remain a man, however damaged, rather than sinking down to the level of the beast.

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