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Spawn (1997)

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An elite mercenary is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

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(comic book), (screen story) (as Alan McElroy) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Al Simmons / Spawn
... Clown / Violator
... Jason Wynn
... Wanda Blake
... Cogliostro
... Terry Fitzgerald
... Jessica Priest
... Zack
... Cyan
... Glen, Zack's Dad
... The Devil Malebolgia (voice)
... XNN Reporter (as Robia La Morte)
... African Liaison (as John Cothran Jr.)
Caroline Gibson ... News Anchor
Marc Robinson ... Punk #1
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Storyline

An assassin named Al Simmons is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss Jason Wynn. Al makes a deal with the devil and returns to earth as Spawn to see his wife. He is ordered by the devil's minion, The Clown, to kill Wynn. Wynn has made a deal with the Clown too and is supposed to destroy the world with a deadly virus that will help start Armageddon and allow Hell to attack Heaven. Spawn must choose between Good and Evil. Written by Keith Haney <kbhaney@inconnect.com>

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Taglines:

From flesh to steel. From blood to blade. From man...to Spawn. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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1 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Justiceiro das Trevas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,210,131, 3 August 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,967,359, 30 November 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,949,859
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicol Williamson's final acting role. See more »

Goofs

When climbing the building after the reception battle, Spawn's hands change into a suction cup-like hand, in the following scene his hands are back to human-like, and then his hands switch back to the suction cups. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cogliostro: The battle between Heaven and Hell has waged eternal, their armies fueled by souls harvested on Earth. The devil, Malebolgia, has sent a lieutenant to Earth to recruit men who will turn the world into a place of death in exchange for wealth and power, a place that will provide enough souls to complete his army and allow Armageddon to begin. All the Dark Lord needs now is a great soldier, someone who can lead his hordes to the gates of Heaven and burn them down.
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Crazy Credits

For about 1 frame and blurry in the opening credits, the name Terry Fitzgerald appears. See more »

Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Skin Up Pin Up
Written by Graham Massey (as G. Massey) / Andrew Barker (as A. Barker) / Darren Partington (as D. Parington) / Paul Edward Draper (as Paul Draper)
Performed by 808 State vs. Mansun
Produced by Paul Edward Draper (as Paul Draper) and 808 State
Mansun appears courtesy of Epic Records
Soundtrack Album Available on Immortal/Epic
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Just Like the Comic - For the Right and Wrong Reasons.
11 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

This film is just like the comic that inspired it: Great visuals (I still really like McFarlane's superhero art style), but much like the majority of "Spawn" stories, it really doesn't go anywhere. The set looks good, the characters look good, the cape looks REALLY good, but the story? Other than telling the origin and the standard "must stop the bad guy" motive, it doesn't do as much as it should. And yes, I know it's a Hell-based movie, but the metal soundtrack just got distracting and annoying, instead of enhancing the story like it should have. John Williams or Danny Elfman it wasn't.

Need to see the film? It's a great visual ride. Just don't expect much more than that. It did make for some cool toys, though.


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