The Shadow (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  1 July 1994 (USA)
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In 30's New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wainwright Cranston
Andre Gregory ...
Brady Tsurutani ...
Li Peng
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ...
Isaac Newboldt
Duke Rollins


Based on the 1930's pulp fiction and radio drama series, the film pits the hero against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city ransom using an atom bomb. Using his powers of invisibility and "The power to cloud men's minds", the Shadow comes blazing to the city's rescue with explosive results. Written by Michael Ross <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 July 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$32,055,248 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Luceno wrote a novelization of this film. He references other adventures of the Shadow from the pulps. He also references the Shadow's true identity of Kent Allard from the pulps (in the pulps, the Shadow only impersonated Lamont Cranston). He also has scene where Shiwan Khan taunts the Shadow by pointing out that his apparatus for fighting crime came from his opium and heroin wealth. See more »


When Lamont is trapped in the giant water tank he dives down to bottom to breathe from bullet holes shot in wall. Air bubbles are seen coming in from outside. This would be impossible given the enormous water pressure that would be expected within the tank. If anything water should be able to cause a slight suction in the general bullet hole area. Instead Lamont is also able to stick his finger through without much problem either. Not to mention on exterior view of tank water is not seen pouring out in a spout at all. See more »


The Shadow: I saved your life, Roy Tam. It now belongs to me.
Dr. Roy Tam: It does?
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Written and Produced by Dennis Dreith
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User Reviews

One of the best action movies I have ever seen
7 October 2001 | by (State Collage, PA) – See all my reviews

I found THE SHADOW to be simply amazing. I thought that this movie was a work of art and was the classic definition of a sleeper film. When we were blessed with this great film, it did not get the recognition it deserved. I found this film to be full of great action sequences and witty-special effects. I was disappointed to find that it got such a low vote. This movie was astonishing and I recommend it to anyone who likes creative,action films.

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