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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:

The Evil has a new enemy. The Justice has a new Weapon. And the world has a new hero. 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

Though, this film is the first major comic book movie lead by an African American character, it's not the first African American-lead superhero film. The film is actually the third African American-lead superhero film. The first is The Meteor Man (1993) and the second is Blankman (1994). Neither of these two films are based upon comic books. Interestingly, a few weeks after this film's release, the fourth African American-lead superhero film and second comic book movie lead by an African American character, Steel (1997), was released. See more »

Goofs

After the party, when Spawn jumps out of the window, you can clearly see a wire attached to his foot. 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

During the credits, at several points, there is a single frame inserted of a blurred, overexposed figure 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: BMB Spoony Experiment: Tekken (2011) See more »

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Written by Brandon Boyd (as B. Boyd), Michael Einziger (as M. Einziger), Alex Katunich (as A. Katunich),
Gavin Koppel (as G. Koppel), Jose Pasillas (as J. Pasillas) and DJ Greyboy (as A. Stevens)
Performed by Incubus and DJ Greyboy (as D.J. Greyboy)
Produced by Jim Wirt
Incubus appears courtesy of Immortal Records
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just good, it could have been better.
10 October 2000 | by arkerSee all my reviews

The problem again here with this movie, that had an excellent story, is the usage that the director gave to it. This director could not handle the story and delivered just a plain and simple story, that is kind of boring. Mark Dippe, learn from directors as Norrington (Blade), and from Guillermo del Toro (Mimic). What a shame.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spawn See more »

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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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