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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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Director: Alan B. McElroy
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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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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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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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In the Spawn comic book, Spawn is killed by a man named Chapel. Because the character was owned by artist Rob Liefeld, the killer was changed to the character of Jessica Priest, keeping with the Church-themed name. See more »

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When Clown on the truck rams Spawn's spiked construction, for a second you can see a set of construction armature instead. 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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Satan
Written by Paul Hartnoll (as P) and Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
Performed by Orbital with Kirk Hammett
Produced by Paul Hartnoll (as P) and Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
Orbital appears courtesy of London Records
Kirk Hammett appears courtesy of E/M Ventures
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Huge disappointment
25 December 2007 | by See 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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