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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.

Director:

Mark A.Z. Dippé

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jai White ... Al Simmons / Spawn
John Leguizamo ... Clown / Violator
Martin Sheen ... Jason Wynn
Theresa Randle ... Wanda Blake
Nicol Williamson ... Cogliostro
D.B. Sweeney ... Terry Fitzgerald
Melinda Clarke ... Jessica Priest
Miko Hughes ... Zack
Sydni Beaudoin ... Cyan
Michael Papajohn ... Glen, Zack's Dad
Frank Welker ... The Devil Malebolgia (voice)
Robia Scott ... XNN Reporter (as Robia La Morte)
John Cothran ... African Liaison (as John Cothran Jr.)
Caroline Gibson Caroline Gibson ... News Anchor
Marc Robinson 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arma dreptatii See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Wesley Snipes, Cuba Gooding Jr. Snoop Dogg, Tony Todd, Allen Payne, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Ving Rhames, Tupac Shakur, LL Cool J, and Will Smith were each originally considered for the role of Al Simmons/Spawn. See more »

Goofs

During the battle in Hell, when Cogliostro is approached by the Violator, he extends his Necro-sword twice. 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

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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: X-Men: First Class (2011) 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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Huge disappointment
25 December 2007 | by brian_hermSee all my reviews

Take a great story about someone being damned for his sins and brought back as a demon. Then take out all the spooky dark stuff and add a bunch of sweetness-and-light tenderness that adds absolutely nothing to the story. Tone down the comic-book atmosphere to a more believable level, something around the level of the town of Mayberry. What you're left with is a watered-down, listless waste of time that's guaranteed not to offend anyone, and has all the entertainment value of a cup of oatmeal. I can almost see a bunch of guys sitting around a table, discussing a live action version of "Spawn", and then someone says "But let's make it a lot more like 'Lassie Come Home' so people can take their kids to see it." Stick with the animated version, don't waste your time and money on this saccharine yawn-fest.


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