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The Shadow (1994)

 -  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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Wainwright Cranston
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Andre Gregory ...
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Li Peng
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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 <M.I.Ross-iy1i9893@lmu.ac.uk>

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

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1 July 1994 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,055,248 (USA)
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When Cranston appears in the window of the water tank, his lips read, "Open the door!" See more »

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In the tank scene, the gunshots are on one side of the tank. However, when Claymore locks the door, there are gunshot holes beside the door. This is further shown to be wrong when The Shadow breathes through the bullet holes. He has to swim across the filled tank to get back to the door. However, when Margo arrives at the door, there are bullet holes right next to her. See more »

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Lamont Cranston: Do you have *any* *idea* who you just kidnapped?
Tulku: Cranston; Lamont Cranston.
Lamont Cranston: You know my real name?
Tulku: Yes. I also know that for as long as you can remember, you struggled against your own black heart and always lost. You watched your sprit, your very face change as the beast claws its way out from within you. You are in great pain, aren't you?
[Cranston leaps at the Tulku, who magically vanishes and reappears]
Tulku: You know what evil lurks in the hearts of men, for you have seen that evil in your own ...
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ORIGINAL SIN (THEME FROM 'THE SHADOW')
Written, Produced and Arranged by Jim Steinman
Performed by Taylor Dayne
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Excellent adaptation, highly enjoyable
2 December 2000 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't really understand the bad rep this movie has gotten. Sure, its not "high art" (then again, Shakespeare, Dickens and Herodetus weren't meant to be, or perceived as, high art when they were written). What The Shadow was, and remains, in my eyes, is one of the best super-hero adaptations ever (the best until X-Men came out, in my opinion).

I'm not terribly familiar with the old radio drama Shadow, so I can't speak as to the details, but the feeling, the essence of the movie fits with what I've experienced. Much more importantly, it stand out well on its own.

Special effects play a major part, but are not of the over-played. Action is well done, and acting is acceptable, though rarely outstanding (the Shadow's cabbie Shrebnitz is an engrossing exception).

What really makes this movie stand out is the layering. Plots, characters, backgrounds, all are complex. The movie's basic plot is well-paced, occasionally a bit slow, but it makes up for it with the incredible wealth of details it packs in. Watching the movie, one gets the sense of an incredible amount of backstory for each character (little things, like the family life of some of the Shadow's agents, barely glimpsed, or even just the complex web of those agents across the city), or that around the corner there lies a world to explore.

This movie can be difficult to classify, which may lead to its unpopularity. Clearly its not a drama, not is it a comedy, nor even entirely an action. Scifi or fantasy are both possible descriptions, but they fail. The Shadow is comicbook style, in the truest sense of the genre. Complex characters, pull-pounding action, some jokes, some drama...it all mixes together. If you can get a bead on the style, its a very enjoyable movie, far ahead of most other super-hero films (Superman, Batman, the Phantom, etc.)

I recommend watching it, but only with an open mind.


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