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Spawn (1997)

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



(comic book), (screen story) (as Alan McElroy) , 2 more credits »
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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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[first lines]
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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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