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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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Plot unknown. Follow up to Todd McFarlane's 1997 film "Spawn".



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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


From flesh to steel. From blood to blade. From man...to Spawn. 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?


Cagliostro appears in this movie as Spawn's mentor. In real life, he was an occultist in the 1700s who traveled Europe and Egypt and would eventually found Occult Freemasonry. He was also a noted charlatan who would eventually be imprisoned in the Bastille and banished from France, then tried in Rome for heresy, magic, conjury, and Freemasonry. He died in solitary confinement in the castle of San Leo in 1795. See more »


During the battle in Hell, when Cogliostro is approached by the Violator, he extends his Necro-sword twice. 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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Crazy Credits

During the credits, at several points, there is a single frame inserted of a blurred, overexposed figure See more »


Referenced in Live Free or Die Hard (2007) See more »


Long Hard Road Out of Hell
Lyrics by Marilyn Manson (as Manson)
Music by Jeordie White (as Ramirez)
Performed by Marilyn Manson and 'The Sneaker Pimps'
Produced by Marilyn Manson and Sean Beavan
Marilyn Manson appears courtesy of Nothing/Interscope
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User Reviews

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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