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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.

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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 ... 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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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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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

Larry Drake was cast because of the way he underplayed Durant; quiet, careful, but intense. Sam Raimi had never watched a single episode of L.A. Law (1986), where Drake played the developmentally disabled Benny, but Drake's face reminded him of a modern day Edward G. Robinson. He looked so mean and domineering, yet he had an urbane wit about him. Raimi believed these qualities made him the perfect adversary for Darkman. See more »

Goofs

There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the doctor's assertions that someone devoid of pain sensations would go insane as a result - people suffering from leprosy commonly lose the ability to feel pain or other touch sensations as their nerves deteriorate but this does not in itself cause any psychological damage. 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 »

Alternate Versions

German VHS versions were cut by a few seconds to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »

Connections

Edited into Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995) See more »

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Written and Performed by Judy Valenti
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A Great Action Film That Works Because of the Characters
19 September 2000 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Darkman" is one of those action films that succeeds because the characters remain the primary focus throughout. Scientist Liam Neeson has been disfigured in an explosion. However, he returns with the ability to produce 99-minute masks. Now he is going out and eliminating those who almost killed him. Frances McDormand is excellent as Neeson's love-interest and Larry Drake makes a great bad guy. The direction is solid and the screenplay is surprisingly smart. 4 stars out of 5.


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