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An elite 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 <>

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Born in darkness. Sworn to justice. See more »


Action | Horror

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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'The film was originally green-lit with a budget of $20 million. The scale of the visual effects led New Line to continually increase the project budget, which grew to $40 million-a third of which was spent on the effects. The shooting schedule was only 63 days. To cut production times by a week, Clint Goldman lent $1 million to engage John Grower's Santa Barbara Studios to develop the digitally produced Hell sequences. The visual effects shot count increased from 77 to over 400, created by 22 companies in the United States, Canada and Japan, requiring 70 people and nearly 11 months to complete. ILM did most of the work, creating 85 shots at a cost of $8.5 million. The most difficult sequences in the film to render included the Violator, Spawn's digital cape, and some of Spawn's transformations. More than half of the final effects shots were delivered two weeks before the film's debut. See more »


The Senator stated that he did not want to be President but Speaker of the House. The Speaker of the House leads the House of Representatives, not the Senate. The head of the Senate is the Vice-President. 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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Written by Brandon Boyd (as B. Boyd), Michael Einziger (as M. Einziger), Alex Katunich (as A. Katunich),
Gavin Koppel (as G. Koppel), Jose Pasillas (as J. Pasillas) and DJ Greyboy (as A. Stevens)
Performed by Incubus and DJ Greyboy (as D.J. Greyboy)
Produced by Jim Wirt
Incubus appears courtesy of Immortal Records
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User Reviews

I hope McFarlane made out like a bandit on this. It would explain a lot.
14 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Given the subject matter of the original comic, a PG-13 "Spawn" is already a lame horse right out of the gate. And that's before you get to the awful acting, inept script and really, really bad '90s CGI (although to its credit, it does seem to wear that as a badge of honor). Everyone in the cast seems put out to be here, but give John Leguizamo a hand for going all-out with Clown/Violator/whatever the hell his name is. It's hard to watch this as a comic book movie when the period offered much better choices ("The Crow", "Blade"). This effort is beyond silly, a relic that shouldn't be unearthed.


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