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

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Storyline

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

Taglines:

The Evil has a new enemy. The Justice has a new Weapon. And the world has a new hero. See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving the demonic underworld, violence, intense fantasy action and crude humor | See all certifications »

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,300,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

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

Clown told Wynn (Martin Sheen) that he expected him to start "the apocalypse, now." Sheen played the lead role in Apocalypse Now (1979). See more »

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After Clown kills Zack's Dad the paramedics that arrive at the scene put a cloth over his head indicating that he is dead but before they drop the cloth he twitches his eye. See more »

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[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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Satan
Written by Paul Hartnoll (as P) and Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
Performed by Orbital with Kirk Hammett
Produced by Paul Hartnoll (as P) and Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
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Kirk Hammett appears courtesy of E/M Ventures
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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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