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Spawn (1997)

An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

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Glen, Zack's Dad
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The Devil Malebolgia (voice)
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XNN Reporter (as Robia La Morte)
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African Liaison (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Storyline

An assassin named Al Simmons is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss Jason Wynn. Al makes a deal with the devil and returns to earth as Spawn to see his wife. He is ordered by the devil's minion, The Clown, to kill Wynn. Wynn has made a deal with the Clown too and is supposed to destroy the world with a deadly virus that will help start Armageddon and allow Hell to attack Heaven. Spawn must choose between Good and Evil. Written by Keith Haney <kbhaney@inconnect.com>

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Taglines:

From flesh to steel. From blood to blade. From man...to Spawn. See more »

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Action | Horror

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Rated R for violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Justiceiro das Trevas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,210,131 (USA) (3 August 1997)

Gross:

$54,967,359 (USA) (30 November 1997)
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The FN P90 and H&K MP7-PDW submachine guns used by Spawn and other characters in the movie are not genuine P90s or MP7s. Both weapon types in this film were actually heavily modified Ingram MAC-10s dressed up to look like real P90s and MP7s by the film's armorer, Harry Lu. See more »

Goofs

When Wynn first meets Clown in his office, there's an American flag in a triangular case on a shelf behind him. The flag's stars are impossibly aligned. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cogliostro: The battle between Heaven and Hell has waged eternal, their armies fueled by souls harvested on Earth. The devil, Malebolgia, has sent a lieutenant to Earth to recruit men who will turn the world into a place of death in exchange for wealth and power, a place that will provide enough souls to complete his army and allow Armageddon to begin. All the Dark Lord needs now is a great soldier, someone who can lead his hordes to the gates of Heaven and burn them down.
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Soundtracks

Satan
Written by Paul Hartnoll (as P) and Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
Performed by Orbital with Kirk Hammett
Produced by Paul Hartnoll (as P) and Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
Orbital appears courtesy of London Records
Kirk Hammett appears courtesy of E/M Ventures
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Just Like the Comic - For the Right and Wrong Reasons.
11 June 2000 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This film is just like the comic that inspired it: Great visuals (I still really like McFarlane's superhero art style), but much like the majority of "Spawn" stories, it really doesn't go anywhere. The set looks good, the characters look good, the cape looks REALLY good, but the story? Other than telling the origin and the standard "must stop the bad guy" motive, it doesn't do as much as it should. And yes, I know it's a Hell-based movie, but the metal soundtrack just got distracting and annoying, instead of enhancing the story like it should have. John Williams or Danny Elfman it wasn't.

Need to see the film? It's a great visual ride. Just don't expect much more than that. It did make for some cool toys, though.


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