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Darkman (1990)

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A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

Director:

Sam Raimi

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Sam Raimi (story), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Frances McDormand ... Julie Hastings
Colin Friels ... Louis Strack Jr.
Larry Drake ... Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita Nelson Mashita ... Yakitito
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Eddie Black
Rafael H. Robledo Rafael H. Robledo ... Rudy Guzman
Dan Hicks ... Skip (as Danny Hicks)
Ted Raimi ... Rick (as Theodore Raimi)
Dan Bell Dan Bell ... Smiley
Nicholas Worth ... Pauly
Aaron Lustig ... Martin Katz
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Hung Fat
Said Faraj ... Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung Nathan Jung ... Chinese Warrior
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Storyline

Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In the darkest hour, there is a light that shines on every human being...but ONE! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek ciemnosci See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,054,860, 26 August 1990

Gross USA:

$33,878,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,878,502
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although his status as a star of the genre would solidify much later in his career, this was Liam Neeson's first starring role in an action film. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning when Durant drives up to the warehouse his cars have black Michigan license plates. Black plates with white letters were changed in 1983 to blue plates with white letters until 1993 and then only the shade of blue was changed after that. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eddie Black: [on phone] 'Cause he's an asshole! Tell him no. Tell him no, too. Him, tell "fuck you." No, I'm gonna be here a minute. Got some guy coming up who thinks he's gonna muscle me out of my property. What's it matter! Just another tough guy, that's all.
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The opening credit sequence is full of dark clouds and brief images of Darkman. The second A in the title is shaped like Darkman's silhouette. See more »

Alternate Versions

European DVD releases were all based on the cut UK version because Universal wanted to use just one master for everybody. See more »

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Consequences of vengeance
12 June 2002 | by nighthawk77See all my reviews

I liked this movie because it showed the consequences of being vengeful. Peyton Westlake was a scientist who experimented with artificial skin and hoped to perfect it to help burn victims. When he was mutilated and burned beyond recognition by Robert Durant. He turned his experiment into a weapon of revenge. He would disguise himself as his enemies and turn Durant's criminal organization against itself.

As he goes through this Westlake becomes Darkman. He no longer cares about helping humanity, but only about getting revenge. His soul loses everything that made him a man, and in the end he's a killing machine. He's just as bad as those who made him that in the first place.

But that's why I liked the movie. It doesn't glorify vengeance seeking, instead it shows the reality and consequences. Seeking revenge doesn't just hurt your enemy, it hurts you as well.


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