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Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)

Darkman, needing money to continue his experiments on synthetic skin, steals a crate of cash from drug lord Peter Rooker, attracting the gangster's attention. Rooker is determined to find ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Fahey ... Peter Rooker
Arnold Vosloo ... Darkman / Dr. Peyton Westlake
Darlanne Fluegel ... Dr. Bridget Thorne
Roxann Dawson ... Angela Rooker (as Roxann Biggs-Dawson)
Nigel Bennett ... Nico
Alicia Panetta Alicia Panetta ... Jenny Rooker
Ronn Sarosiak Ronn Sarosiak ... Mack
Peter Graham Peter Graham ... Joey
Shawn Doyle ... Adam
Vieslav Krystyan ... Ivan
Chris Adams Chris Adams ... Whit
Rick Parker Rick Parker ... E.K.
Joel Bissonnette ... Mayo (as Joel Bissonette)
John Novak ... Dist. Atty. Ryan Mitchell
Christopher Bondy Christopher Bondy ... Gibson (as Chris Bondy)
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Storyline

Darkman, needing money to continue his experiments on synthetic skin, steals a crate of cash from drug lord Peter Rooker, attracting the gangster's attention. Rooker is determined to find the source of Darkman's super strength, and uses his beautiful but evil doctor to lure Darkman into a trap. Thinking that the doctor will restore feeling to his tortured body, he discovers too late that they have taken a sample of his adrenaline, which they will market as a super steroid. As Darkman plans his revenge on Rooker's gang, he slowly begins to care about Rooker's neglected wife and daughter. He must now find a way to help them, and destroy Rooker before he uses the adrenaline to plunge the city into chaos. Written by Jordan Williams

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One fights for justice. The other for power. Only one can survive.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent action and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed simultaneously with Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995), between 15 November 1993 and 20 December 1993, but not released until going direct-to-video on 20 August 1996. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Thorne is (or at least claims to be) one of the doctors who cut off Peyton's pain receptors, leading to his enhanced strength. Yet, despite familiarity with this technique and its side effects (familiar enough to reverse it), she cannot duplicate the altered adrenaline in Rooker's thugs simply by performing the procedure on them (or at least some poor sap they don't have to hunt down first). See more »

Quotes

Johnny Lee: I don't get it, Rooker. Your organization handles coke, weed, crank. But you - you show up to supervise a two-bit shipment of steroids.
Peter Rooker: I'm not into drugs.
Johnny Lee: [chuckling] What the fuck do you call this shit?
Peter Rooker: Strength.
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Better Than The First Sequel

What makes Darkman III better than Darkman II? I would say the amount of substance makes the cake in this movie. Sure, all the elements stay intact from the first and second. Durant is finally dead (for good) and now Darkman has another villain to subdue. So what makes it different? Doesn't Darkman defeat his enemies like he's done for the past two movies? Yeah but Peyton Westlake becomes involved with another situation that actually hit a soft spot for me when I saw it.

Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, was directed by Bradford May whom I think did a pretty good job directing Darkman II. Not many Direct-To-Video sequels end up as good as their originals but Darkman II was very satisfying. I was expecting to see something mediocre but ended up seeing something worth my time. In this third installment in the franchise, Arnold Vosloo reprises his role as the face changing super hero. This time instead of just trying to get rid of a gang leader, he also tries to save a mother and child from utter destruction.

Playing the villain (Peter Rooker) in this film is Jeff Fahey. The character of Rooker is really selfish. He is hardheaded and has a sick twisted mind. If he were paired up against Robert G. Durant, I still think Rooker would come out on top. Rooker's wife, Angela, is played by Roxann Biggs. Truly I don't understand how they even fell in love at the start but my question is irrelevant since we're never really told about how they met.

Just like its predecessor, Darkman III does contain some witty dialog that the first Darkman film did not have. Credit to Bradford May for keeping most of the content the same but not all of it otherwise this film would not be better than Darkman II. There is even a scene that pays homage to the first movie. I won't say because what because its pretty obvious. The beginning of this film was the only thing that confused me. In Darkman II, we were explained about Darkman's past which is fine and all but then it's explained again in Darkman III in the beginning. They didn't do that for any other movie franchise; Batman, Superman, X-Men, RoboCop, or Terminator. Is that really necessary?

This film does contain good action but it also contains some very heartfelt drama scenes. It was at these points I felt like something better was added to this movie. It wasn't just Darkman doing what he did for the past two movies - just trying to get rid of his past. This was about Darkman helping someone else get rid of their problems. This is what distinguishes this film from Darkman II.

Bradford May's final installment of Raimi's Darkman series takes a better turn and adds a little more feeling than the usual to its story. Although it still does not measure up to the original, it surpasses Darkman II with triumph.


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