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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:

Jenny Agutter ... Burn Doctor (uncredited)
Josh Becker ... Carnival Goer (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)

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
Daryl Kass .... line producer
Robert G. 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
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)
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 .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Voigtlander .... adr supervisor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound supervisor
Bruce Campbell .... sound (uncredited)
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
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
Teresa Burkept .... bandage costumes: makeup effects unit
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
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
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
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Norman Ludwin .... musician
Shawn Murphy .... scoring mixer
Robb Navrides .... music editor: TV version
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
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Adam Davis .... production assistant
Tony Didio Jr. .... armorer
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
Gerrit V. Folsom .... location manager (as Gerrit Folsom)
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
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
Clay Loring Roberts .... location scout
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:
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Sound Mix:
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?

The script went through 12 drafts overall. The reason is because Sam Raimi wanted to explore Peyton/Darkman's arc over the course of the film. He said: "I decided to explore a man's soul. In the beginning, a sympathetic, sincere man. In the middle, a vengeful man committing heinous acts against his enemies. And in the end, a man full of self-hatred for what he's become, who must drift off into the night, into a world apart from everyone he knows and all the things he loves."See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the scene in the lab when Peyton and his assistant discover that the synthetic skin is photosensitive, they alternate using the microscope though neither of them re-focuses the lenses. No two people have exactly the same eyesight and given the magnification used, they would almost certainly have to adjust the lenses for their own eyes after they use it. Yakitito also keeps his glasses on while looking at the microscope but this could be down to his excitement at the discovery.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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46 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Was _very_ impressed -- what could have been a forgettable Z-movie turned out to be something rather profound, 30 January 2000
Author: ( from Seattle, WA, USA

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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