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Spawn (1997)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Horror | 1 August 1997 (USA)
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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:

Born in darkness. Sworn to justice. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving the demonic underworld, violence, intense fantasy action and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of the songs from the film's soundtrack, "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" by Filter and The Crystal Method, was featured in The Matrix (1999) trailer. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Simmons is supposed to be on a mission in Hong Kong, but when he fires his missile to destroy a terrorist's plane, you can see the famous lookout tower at LAX. 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

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

Alternate Versions

A R-rated Director's Cut has been released for VHS, DVD, and laserdisc. It includes scenes that had to be cut for a PG-13. The film has a couple of new violent scenes. At the end of the film is a 30-minute interview with the creator Todd McFarlane and a Behind the Scenes of Spawn show that was first aired on the Sci-Fi Network. See more »


Soundtracks

For Whom the Bell Tolls (The Irony of it All)
Written by James Hetfield (as Hetfield), Lars Ulrich (as Ulrich), Cliff Burton (as Burton)
Performed by Metallica
Remixed by DJ Spooky
Courtesy of E/M Ventures
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Cult favorite, but shamefully wrong adaptation
21 November 1999 | by RainfoxSee all my reviews

* (1 out of 5) Spawn

Directed by : Mark A.Z. Dippé, 1997

Cult comic book comes to the screen looking like a bad computer game. Lacklustre story, illogically put together, some really awful editing and dialogue and finally the Tron-looking computer generated special effects (as in Tron from 1982, yes).

Joe Leguizamo is wickedly funny as spooky Stephen Kingish clown and the only highlight.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,738,749, 3 August 1997

Gross USA:

$54,870,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,840,042
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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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