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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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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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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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