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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
24 August 1990 (USA) See more »
Who Is Darkman? Find Out This August. See more »
A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Liam Neeson ... Peyton Westlake / Darkman

Frances McDormand ... Julie Hastings

Colin Friels ... Louis Strack Jr.

Larry Drake ... Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita ... Yakitito
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Eddie Black
Rafael H. Robledo ... Rudy Guzman

Dan Hicks ... Skip (as Danny Hicks)

Ted Raimi ... Rick (as Theodore Raimi)
Dan Bell ... Smiley

Nicholas Worth ... Pauly
Aaron Lustig ... Martin Katz
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Hung Fat

Said Faraj ... Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung ... Chinese Warrior

Professor Toru Tanaka ... Chinese Warrior #2 (as Prof. Toru Tanaka)
John Lisbon Wood ... Carnival Booth Attendant

Frank Noon ... Side Show Barker

William Dear ... Limo Driver

Julius Harris ... Gravedigger
Bridget Hoffman ... Computer (voice)
Philip A. Gillis ... Priest
Maggie Moore ... Nurse
Carl Bresk ... Policeman #1
Sean Daniel ... Policeman #2

John Landis ... Physician
Carrie Hall ... Screaming Woman

John Cameron ... Bartender
Craig Hosking ... Helicopter Pilot
Karl A. Wickman ... Police Helicopter Pilot (as Karl Wickman)
Cliff Fleming ... Police Helicopter Pilot
Andy Bale ... Dockworker #1

Neal McDonough ... Dockworker #2
Stuart Cornfeld ... Dockworker #3
William Lustig ... Dockworker #4
Scott Spiegel ... Dockworker #5
Cary Tyler ... Dockworker #6
Charles W. Young ... Dockworker with Bullet in Forehead

Bruce Campbell ... Final Shemp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tripp ... Medical Staff (uncredted)

Jenny Agutter ... Burn Doctor (uncredited)
Josh Becker ... Carnival Goer (uncredited)
Jorga Caye ... Parking Lot (uncredited)

Ethan Coen ... Oldsmobile Passenger (uncredited)

Joel Coen ... Oldsmobile Driver (uncredited)
Christopher Doyle ... Goon at Construction Site (uncredited)

Tony Gardner ... Burn Ward Nurse / Lizard Man (uncredited)
Tau Logo ... Chinese Warrior #3 (uncredited)

Kayre Morrison ... Girl In Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Raimi 
Writing credits
Sam Raimi (story)

Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) and
Sam Raimi (screenplay) &
Ivan Raimi (screenplay) and
Daniel Goldin (screenplay) &
Joshua Goldin (screenplay)

Produced by
Sean Daniel .... executive in charge of production
Daryl Kass .... line producer
Rob Tapert .... producer (as Robert Tapert)
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Bill Pope (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bud S. Smith 
David Stiven 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor 
Production Design by
Randy Ser 
Art Direction by
Phil Dagort 
Set Decoration by
Julie Kaye Fanton 
Costume Design by
Grania Preston 
Makeup Department
Susan Exton-Stranks .... head of hair department
Cynthia Gardner .... makeup effects finance management: Alterian
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects designer
Larry Hamlin .... makeup artist
Deborah K. Larsen .... key makeup artist
Mark William Robinson .... makeup production assistant
Marlene Stoller .... effects technician: makeup effects unit
Roland Blancaflor .... special makeup effects technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Paul Hellerman .... production manager
Issy Shabtay .... production manager
Patricia Whitcher .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Cameron .... first assistant director: reshoots
Andrew M. Flinn .... second second assistant director (as Andrew Flinn)
Carl Goldstein .... assistant director: re-shoots
Scott Javine .... first assistant director
Francis R. Mahony III .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Ginni Barr .... set designer
Barbara A. Bordo .... painter
Michael Paul Clausen .... assistant art director
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Ron Ervin .... construction foreman
Thomas Fichter .... assistant art director
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Gary Frutkoff .... assistant art director
Christopher Gilman .... props
John Harrington .... assistant property master
Allan Johnson .... carpenter
Thomas D. Krausz .... propmaker/scenic artist
Janet Kusnick .... storyboard artist
David McKlveen .... construction foreman
Roger Nall .... scenic artist
Michael Poulik .... assistant set decorator
Michele Poulik .... assistant set decorator
Edmond Scott Ratliff .... set dresser
Karl Shields .... model maker
John Smart .... set dresser
George Denes Suhayda .... set designer (as George Suhayda)
Carolyn Thome .... model maker
Pete von Sholly .... storyboard artist
Sean Fanton .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul Vincent Fusco .... props (uncredited)
Johnathon Gallagher .... painter (uncredited)
Jonathan Lantry .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard N. McGuire .... carpenter (uncredited)
Michael W. Moore .... prop maker (uncredited)
Christopher Corey Smith .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Kevin Taylor .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Matthew Iadarola .... re-recording mixer
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
John Rotondi .... sound engineer: Y4
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Don Summer .... sound mixer
Robert Thirlwell .... re-recording mixer
Bill Voigtlander .... adr supervisor
Dan Wallin .... re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound supervisor
Bruce Campbell .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bret Alexander .... Assistant Art Director-Introvision
Gabriel Bartalos .... sculptor: makeup effects unit
Doug Beswick .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Roger Borelli .... effects technician: makeup effects unit
Evan Brainard .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Theresa Burkett .... bandage costumes: makeup effects unit (as Teresa Burkept)
Michael Burnett .... effects technician: makeup effects unit
Caleb Chung .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Steve Dunham .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Mike Elizalde .... sculptor: makeup effects unit
Jim Eustermann .... effects technician: makeup effects unit
Steve Frakes .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Linda Frobos .... sculptor: makeup effects unit
Tony Gardner .... special makeup effects artist
Loren Gitthens .... sculptor: makeup effects unit
Ray Greer .... miniatures
Werner Hahnlein .... special effects technician
Larry Hamlin .... special makeup effects artist
Kevin Hudson .... special effects makeup
Kevin Hudson .... key mold maker: makeup effects unit
Rick Lalonde .... gelatin specialist: makeup effects unit
Kent W. Luttrell .... model maker
Ray Massara .... special effects
Roger McCoin .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Becky Ochoa .... effects technician: makeup effects unit
Colin Penman .... effects technician: makeup effects unit
Greg Polutonovich .... production painter: makeup effects unit
Wendy Ripley .... bandage costumes: makeup effects unit
Randy Simper .... animatronics specialist
Randy Simper .... mechanical designer: makeup effects unit
Chet Zar .... key sculptor and painter: makeup effects unit
Yancy Calzada .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
Phil Weisgerber .... model maker (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
Tom Boucher .... visual effects
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: visual effects
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision
Jammie Friday .... animator: VCE, Inc.
Paul Gentry .... elements visual effects unit
Julia Gibson .... visual effects producer: 4-Ward Productions
Brian Griffin .... optical line-up: VCE
Mark Gutterud .... assistant cameraman
Rick Hannigan .... optical camera
Rick Hilgner .... modelmaker
Richard Kilroy .... matte artist
Michael Lawler .... visual effects cameraman
Stephen Lebed .... model maker
Jerry Macaluso .... additional miniatures: 1/4 scale puppets
Jo Martin .... visual effects editorial
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Kendall Nishimine .... visual effects
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor
Rick Rische .... matte artist: Introvision
John Scheele .... motion control and visual effects
Mark A. Shelton .... visual effects gaffer
Robert Skotak .... visual effects supervisor: 4-ward productions
Marcus Tate .... visual effects cameraman
Bob Smithson .... miniature construction: Introvision (uncredited)
Rick Taylor .... visual effects cameraman (uncredited)
Chuck Borden .... stunts
John Cade .... stunts
John Casino .... stunts
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunt double (as George B. Colucci)
BJ Davis .... stunts
Christopher Doyle .... stunt coordinator (as Chris Doyle)
Christopher Doyle .... stunts
David Efron .... stunts (as Dave Efron)
John Escobar .... stunts
Troy Fromin .... stunt player
Terry James .... stunts (as Terrance James)
Karen Laine .... stunts (as Karen E. Laine)
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Dennis Madalone .... stunts (as 'Dangerous' Dennis Madalone)
'Wild' Bill Mock .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Sherry Peterson .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Packy Smith .... stunts
Tim Trella .... stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Anthony Cecere .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Dionne .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Ernie Jackson .... stunts (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Barbara Anne Klein .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Michael R. Long .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steve Ray .... prosthetic and stunt double for Larry Drake (uncredited)
Spiro Razatos .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dante Cardone .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Peter Deming .... photographer: second unit
Gary Drew .... helicopter rigging grip
Tim Durr .... grip: helicopter unit
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... grip
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
Kurt Grossi .... grip
Kim Heath .... grip
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial camera operator (as Frank Holgate)
Tony Jefferson .... helicopter rigging grip
Wayne Kosky .... rigging grip: second unit
Max Pomerleau .... gaffer
Gary D. Scott .... first assistant camera
Scott Sproule .... helicopter rigging grip (as Scott Sproul)
Gregor Tavenner .... key focus puller
Brad Wood .... rigging grip
Tom Jensen .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Rory Robert Knepp .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Randy Paik .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Debbie DeRango .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Burnett .... set costumer
Lynda Foote .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Richard Alderete .... first assistant editor
Jody Fedele .... assistant editor
Allen Ferro .... montage editor
Pablo Ferro .... montage
Darrin Navarro .... assistant editor
Bud S. Smith .... supervising editor
M. Scott Smith .... supervising editor
Kathie Weaver .... additional editor
Location Management
Gerrit V. Folsom .... location manager (as Gerrit Folsom)
Clay Loring Roberts .... location scout
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Norman Ludwin .... musician
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Jonathan Sheffer .... composer: additional music
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Shirley Walker .... orchestrator
Other crew
Lisa Burnett .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Burnett .... foam prosthetic technician
Douglas Burzynski .... production assistant
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Adam Davis .... production assistant
Tony Didio Jr. .... armorer
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
Mickey G. .... medic (as Michael Wilkins)
Susan Gee .... production financing
Harry Hauss .... aerial helicopter pilot
Stacy Ivers .... unit publicist
April A. Janow .... first assistant accountant
Bonnie Jordan .... production services
James Latta .... stage manager: Harbor Star Stage
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Heather Ling .... production assistant: Introvision
Matt Maiellaro .... set production assistant
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Bob Murawski .... director of stock footage
David Pollison .... production assistant
Tom Prince .... production executive
Corinne Saaranen-Welch .... script supervisor (as Corinne Welch)
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Kristin Smith .... production coordinator
Jim Stubblefield .... production assistant
Ethan Coen .... developer (uncredited)
Joel Coen .... developer (uncredited)

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1991) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1990) | France:12 | Germany:18 (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 (VHS/DVD rating) | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (re-rating) (cut) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Frances McDormand's husband, Joel Coen, edited Sam Raimi's first film, The Evil Dead (1981).See more »
Factual errors: When Julie is handcuffed and falls off the building, she gets caught on the re-bar in a way that would be impossible for how she fell.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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44 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
RoboCop Too., 29 October 2004
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

The parallels to Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop films, the original at least, are so prevalent that I like to think that they're deliberate homage. This would not be at all surprising coming from an equally over-the-top director like Sam Raimi, a cult God for the Evil Dead movies. Which leads me to wonder why one reviewer on the IMDb thought it would be cool to rent Darkman as a good date movie. So's you know, Darkman is NOT a date movie. Not in ANY WAY. It is, you might say, about as much a date movie as RoboCop is a date movie.

Before I watched Darkman yesterday, I hadn't seen it since I was about 12 years old, which was about 12 years ago, and the only thing that I remember from it are the bad guy cutting people's fingers off, the other bad guy getting stuck up through the manhole into traffic, and Darkman screaming 'JUUUUULIEEEEE!!!' Oh and I remember that my parents hated hated HATED it. In rewatching the movie, I was expecting to be confronted with an overly violent and gratuitously gory horror/action movie, but was surprised at how well made it really is. Then again, my mom is so scared of sex and violence that the only things she'll watch are Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and Finding Nemo.

It is now a little off-putting to see Liam Neeson in such a performance as he delivers in this movie, with so much screaming and moaning and face melting and close-ups of his face while watching a good friend shot in the head. Pretty rough, since he's now so well known as Oskar Schindler and Qui-Gon Jinn, both such serious and impressive characters that they're like philosophers.

So anyway, in Darkman he plays a doctor who is in the final stages of perfecting synthetic skin, which could either revolutionize cosmetic surgery or revolutionize special effects. Either way, it was a hell of a convenient thing to be working on for someone that was about to be dipped in toxic waste and come out of it much worse off than the Joker did, although not quite as bad off as Clarence from RoboCop. The problem is that he can't seem to get the skin to remain stable for more than 99 minutes, which is great for providing a time crisis for whenever he creates enough skin for himself to be able to go out in public.

Thankfully, Raimi does not spend too much time on the time limit of the skin that Peyton (Neeson) is able to create, focusing instead on such thrilling things as having Peyton disguise himself as other people in order to infiltrate the gang that attacked and disfigured him in the first place. It's a great scene when Peyton accepts a briefcase full of money as one of the gang members, while the real one is dead asleep, then the leader, Larry Drake as Durant in another great performance, comes to the room looking for the money. There's a whole series of things like that, one of my favorites being when he impersonates Durant himself. Let's just say that Durant ends up in jail for a crime that he didn't even have the fun of committing.

In a time when comic book movies are released almost constantly (at the time of Darkman's release as well as at the time of this writing), Raimi decides to invent his own character instead. The thing that I think the movie does especially well is that it doesn't all of a sudden turn a regular, albeit brilliant, doctor into a superhero, after all the villains on the street. Even Spiderman, probably the most normal of all superheroes, is turned from a regular guy ultimately into a superhero out to rid the streets of crime. Darkman is trying to regain his own life and get his wife back for the majority of the film. It is not until the closing shot that he gives himself an anonymous superhero name, accepts his fate outside everyday humanity, and the brilliant Bruce Campbell finally shows up.

I also love the way he develops his powers. He was never exposed to radiation or anything like that, he simply uses the material that he created in his lab, the synthetic skin, to enable himself to impersonate other people, and when he was rescued after the attack on his lab, the doctors cut a vital nerve, cutting off his ability to experience pain. Some of the rather convenient side-effects, for the movie at least, are superhuman strength and a tendency toward outbursts of violent rage. Dishonest carnies beware.

I can certainly understand why my parents didn't like the movie, it's not exactly the kind of thing you want your kids watching, but as far as a good action/horror film, it ranks with the best.

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