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

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

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 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

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Taglines:

Now, Crime Has a New Enemy, And Justice Has a New Face! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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, 24 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,878,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,878,520, 31 December 1991
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Roberts was almost cast as Julie Hastings before she got the role in Pretty Woman (1990) and had to be replaced. See more »

Goofs

There is no hole visible in Darkman's hand after he rips it through the bolt pinning it to the girder. This can be clearly seen when he swings to save Julie right afterwards. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »


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Give It To Me
Written and Performed by Judy Valenti
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Under-rated super-hero movie from the one and only Sam Raimi.
21 November 2004 | by AwesomeWolfSee all my reviews

Of all the super-hero movies around, "Darkman" is my favourite. An original creation from Raimi, and not based on any comics, "Darkman" follows the story of Dr. Peyton Westlake, a scientist about to make a breakthrough in synthetic skin. Peyton's girlfriend, Julie Hastings is a hot-shot lawyer who gets on the wrong side of Robert G. Durant. Durant and his henchmen destroy Peyton's lab, and leave him for dead. Horribly burned and scarred beyond recognition, Peyton uses his uncompleted and synthetic skin to get revenge on those who wronged him - he becomes Darkman.

Darkman has no real super-powers - apart from some increased strength and his inability to feel pain - he uses the synthetic skin to assume the alternate identities, and fights his battles that way. Darkman is not a real super-hero. He makes no pledge to rid the world of evil-doers. He is just out for revenge, and every time Darkman acts, Darkman's dark-side claims just a little bit more of Peyton.

Others have mentioned the parallels to 'Robocop'. I'd like to mention the parallels to Sam Raimi's recent efforts with 'Spider-Man' - the two are very similar style-wise, but Peter Parker/Spider-Man is generally pretty happy and cheerful, where as Darkman finds sadistic pleasure in the way he toys with his enemies before finishing them off. 'Spider-Man' is family-friendly, 'Darkman' is not the sort of movie you would want to show to parents or younger-siblings.

'Darkman' is original, and yet another under-rated classic from Sam Raimi. Check it out if you like Sam Raimi, but avoid if you enjoy the family-friendly nature of 'Spider-Man'. Definitely my favourite super-hero movie, and nearly up there with Tim Burton's 'Batman' and 'Batman Returns', the best super-hero movies ever.

7/10


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