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Army of Darkness (1992)

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A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ash
Embeth Davidtz ... Sheila
Marcus Gilbert ... Lord Arthur
Ian Abercrombie ... Wiseman
Richard Grove ... Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill Timothy Patrick Quill ... Blacksmith
Michael Earl Reid ... Gold Tooth
Bridget Fonda ... Linda
Patricia Tallman ... Possessed Witch
Ted Raimi ... Cowardly Warrior (as Theodore Raimi)
Deke Anderson ... Mini-Ash #1
Bruce Thomas ... Mini-Ash #2
Sara Shearer Sara Shearer ... Old Woman
Shiva Gordon Shiva Gordon ... Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan ... Pit Bitch
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Storyline

Ash is transported with his car to 1,300 A.D., where he is captured by Lord Arthur and turned slave with Duke Henry the Red and a couple of his men. When Ash is thrown into a pit, he defeats two monsters and wins respect of Arthur's army and vassals. The Wiseman points Ash as The Chosen One that will retrieve the Necronomicon but Ash is only interested in returning home. When he learns that the only way to return to his time is using the Necronomicon, Ash decides to travel to the unholy land of the Deadites. The Wiseman advises that he must say the words "Klaatu Barada Nikto" to safely get the evil book. However, Ash forgets the last word and an army of the dead resurrects to attack Arthur fortress and recover the Necronomicon. The battle between the living and the dead is about to start and the support of Henry the Red is the only way to help Ash and Arthur to defeat the army of darkness. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sound the trumpets, Raise the drawbridge, and drop the Oldsmobile See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and horror | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Army of Darkness: The Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424,000, 21 February 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,502,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,502,976
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (international cut) | (Television Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce Campbell appeared in the Spiderman trilogy while Embeth Davidtz appeared as Peter Parker's mom in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie Ash is being chain-ganged using a wooden stocks that bind his wrists and his neck, each through a separate hole. However, although his right hand had been self-amputated at the wrist, he seems unable to free his arm by simply pulling the stump out through the restraining cuff. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening monologue]
Ash: My name is Ash and I am a slave. Close as I can figure, the year is thirteen hundred A.D and I'm being dragged to my death. It wasn't always like this, I had a real life, once. A job.
Ash: [now Ash is in a flashback] Umm... Hardware aisle twelve, shop smart, shop S-Mart!
Ash: [back to monologue] I had a wonderful girlfriend Linda. Together we drove to a small cabin in the mountains. It seems an archeologist had come to this remote place to translate and study his latest find...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Ash can be heard laughing over the beginning of the credits in the original ending. See more »

Alternate Versions

Almost all deleted scenes are added into television versions of the movie, excluding some scenes in the final battle (BadAsh checking his hair as BadSheila picks her nails with a dagger, Arthur's repeated cries of "We are deserted!", and the death of Ted Raimi). This includes two excellent scenes cut from every version of the movie. At the beginning, as Arthur yells "To the pit!" the little bald guy with the whip (Gold Tooth) says "To the pit with the blackguard!" and charges Ash on his horse. Ash knocks him off the horse with his shotgun and is sucker-punched by Arthur, which Ash doesn't like, and knocks Arthur down. Arthur is shocked, but recovers to slap Ash's face lightly and order his men to "Secure the prisoner." They do. Another scene explains the mirror thing a little better, as Ash leaves the windmill to walk through an ominous forest, accidentally knocking into his horse. Saying "You big piece of hamburger, c'mere," he ties the horse down until seeing a duplicate of himself in the windmill's doorway, which then slams shut. He runs back into the windmill and smashes headfirst into a mirror. These scenes are included in VERY rough scratched-up form in the "director's cut" DVD/VHS, along with another scene in which Ash is captured by Henry's men, including Rob Tapert. Henry stops them from killing Ash and laughs, calling Ash "Mr. Fancypants." Ash convinces Henry to fight with him, saying "You owe me." There is also an alternate opening on the DVD which is much more horror-like, omitting the S-Mart material and including more "Evil Dead 2"-style footage. This matches with the "end of the world" ending, as Ash appears to have a beard (only his eyes are shown to avoid giving this away too much). See more »

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User Reviews

 
Hail to the King, Baby
20 June 2012 | by sneakyshooterSee all my reviews

If you have seen the previous installments, the Evil Dead 1 and 2, you know what to expect from this movie. If you haven't, prepared to be shocked and impressed.

When I first saw this movie, I had not seen the previous installments in the loosely called 'series'. I did not know what to expect, but right from the start of the film, it becomes clear that you are to relax, free your mind, and laugh as hard as you can.

This movie has no flaws in my opinion. It is perfectly done and Bruce Campbell is as always the perfect role for Ash. Once you have finished the movie, you will have quotes to say with your friends over and over again I promise you. I still use quotes from the movie and I've seen it hundreds of times. If you don't see this movie, you haven't lived life yet.


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