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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Shadow Knows! See more »

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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The finale in which Cranston chases Shiwan Khan through a hall of mirrors was intended to be longer, with Khan taunting Cranston by displaying images from his violent past on the mirrors. An earthquake (Northridge, 17 January 1994 - 6.7 magnitude) destroyed the set and the filmmakers, out of time and money, were unable to complete the scene as originally envisioned. See more »


In the museum, Shiwan Khan mind-controls the security guard to shoot himself. But the Shadow's agent reports a murder investigation - not a suicide. See more »


Margo Lane: Oh, God I dreamed.
Lamont Cranston: So did I. What did you dream?
Margo Lane: I was lying naked on a beach in the South Seas. The tide was coming up to my toes. The sun was beating down. My skin hot and cool at the same time. It was wonderful. What was yours?
Lamont Cranston: I dreamed I tore all the skin off my face and was somebody else underneath.
Margo Lane: You have problems.
Lamont Cranston: I'm aware of that.
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Referenced in Special When Lit (2009) See more »


Written, Performed and Produced by Kenny G
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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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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