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Spawn (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Horror  |  1 August 1997 (USA)
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A mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.



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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 suppose to destroy the world with a deadly virus that will help start Armageddon and allow Hell to attack Heaven. Spawn must choose between Good & Evil. Written by Keith Haney <kbhaney@inconnect.com>

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Born in darkness. Sworn to justice. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Justiceiro das Trevas  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,210,131 (USA) (1 August 1997)


$54,967,359 (USA) (28 November 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the movie, Jason Wynn is being escorted out of Wanda and Terry's house by two detectives. The detectives are Sam Burke and Twitch Williams who appear in the comic book. See more »


When climbing the building after the reception battle, Spawn's hands change into a suction cup-like hand, in the following scene his hands are back to human-like, and then his hands switch back to the suction cups. See more »


[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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User Reviews

The muppet show gone wrong
11 June 1999 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Everyone seems to agree that the original Spawn comic is excellent material for a pointless, violent, stupid and thoroughly amusing movie. This movie, however....It isn't all that violent (if you compare it to the comic book), but it is stupid and utterly pointless. Amusing? It could have been if they had inserted a prolonged torture scene of John Leguizamos Clown character: one of the most un-funny, irritating and tacky "comic relief" characters ever to have (dis)graced the screen. Move over Chris Tucker and Pauly Shore

  • we have a new candidate for overrated quasi-comedian of the decade. The

special effects were kind of confusing - half of them were excellent and half of them looked like beautified Sesame Street animations (the demon "thing" of hell, for example, which had me crying with laughter). Let's hope for the next Spawn movie they take a few chances and make a grittier downbeat tale with more in common with the original comic and not like the muppet show from hell.

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