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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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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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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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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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As clown holds up a shovel at the cemetery to give to Spawn, Clown's face can already be seen on it before he throws it to the ground. 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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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 »

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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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too campy to be dark
14 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is an agent of a covert government agency headed by Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). He is angered by the civilian casualties of the latest hit. Wynn sends him on the next mission to attack a North Korean biochemical plant. Wynn double-crosses him with assassin Jessica Priest (Melinda Clarke). He is sent down to Hell where demon king Malebolgia offers him a deal. It's 5 years late. Al returns to earth to see his love Wanda Blake (Theresa Randle) who is now married to his best friend Terry Fitzgerald (D.B. Sweeney) and raising his daughter Cyan. Evil minion Clown/The Violator (John Leguizamo) reminds him of the deal to kill Wynn and lead the demon army upon Armageddon in exchange for Wanda. Cogliostro was also an assassin from Hell but he saved his soul and battle for Heaven.

It tries to be a darker and uglier type of comic book movie but it ends up more or less campy. I can't really take John Leguizamo seriously. Danny DeVito would have been much better. Everybody is trying too hard to be a cartoon character. Martin Sheen doesn't have to act evil. He would be so much more effect if he acts Presidential. The visual style looks cheap although Spawn himself looks good. The makeup looks pretty good and the CGI is incorporated as well as can be expected. I guess most of the effort was concentrated on the look of Spawn and everything else took a backseat.


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