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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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Glen, Zack's Dad
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The Devil Malebolgia (voice)
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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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Born in darkness. Sworn to justice. See more »

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Action | Horror

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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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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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Michael Jai White found Al Simmons' character appealing; he described Spawn as "the most tragic character I've encountered in any cinematic production." He says it was a challenge to make audiences sympathize with a government assassin who comes back from hell. White had to endure two to four hours of make-up work, including a full glued-on bodysuit, yellow contact lenses that irritated his eyes, and a mask that restricted his breathing. He said that his long-time experience with martial arts helped him endure the uncomfortable prosthetics, giving him "strong will and unbreakable concentration." See more »

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After Clown kills Zack's Dad the paramedics that arrive at the scene put a cloth over his head indicating that he is dead but before they drop the cloth he twitches his eye. See more »

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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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Credits shake, are being scratched over and turn left-side and right-side up and down. See more »

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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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The muppet show gone wrong
11 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Everyone seems to agree that the original Spawn comic is excellent material for a pointless, violent, stupid and thoroughly amusing movie. This movie, however....It isn't all that violent (if you compare it to the comic book), but it is stupid and utterly pointless. Amusing? It could have been if they had inserted a prolonged torture scene of John Leguizamos Clown character: one of the most un-funny, irritating and tacky "comic relief" characters ever to have (dis)graced the screen. Move over Chris Tucker and Pauly Shore - we have a new candidate for overrated quasi-comedian of the decade. The special effects were kind of confusing - half of them were excellent and half of them looked like beautified Sesame Street animations (the demon "thing" of hell, for example, which had me crying with laughter). Let's hope for the next Spawn movie they take a few chances and make a grittier downbeat tale with more in common with the original comic and not like the muppet show from hell.


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