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Constantine (2005)

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Supernatural exorcist and demonologist John Constantine helps a policewoman prove her sister's death was not a suicide, but something more.

Director:

Francis Lawrence

Writers:

Jamie Delano (comic book "Hellblazer"), Garth Ennis (comic book "Hellblazer") | 3 more credits »
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2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... John Constantine
Rachel Weisz ... Angela Dodson / Isabel Dodson
Shia LaBeouf ... Chas Kramer
Djimon Hounsou ... Midnite
Max Baker ... Beeman
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Father Hennessy
Gavin Rossdale ... Balthazar
Tilda Swinton ... Gabriel
Peter Stormare ... Satan
Jesse Ramirez Jesse Ramirez ... Scavenger
José Zúñiga ... Detective Weiss (as Jose Zuniga)
Francis Guinan ... Father Garret
Larry Cedar ... Vermin Man
April Grace ... Dr. Leslie Archer
Suzanne Whang ... Mother
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Storyline

John Constantine is approached by Det. Angela Dodson who needs his help to prove that her twin sister Isabel's death was not a suicide. The dead woman was a devout Catholic and Angela refuses to accept she would have taken her own life. She's asked Constantine for help because he has a reputation for dealing with the mystical. In fact, he is a demon hunter whose sole purpose on Earth is to send demons back to the nether regions. John himself has been to Hell and knows that he is destined to return there on his death - but hopes his good deeds may find him a place in Heaven. As he looks into Isabel's death, he realizes demons are trying to break through to the human world, and his battles lead him into a direct conflict with Satan. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

The wager between heaven and hell is on Earth See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and demonic images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Stan Winston crew created a two-stage silicone prosthetic makeup for the scene in which the face of the half-breed demon, Balthazar (Gavin Rossdale) dissolves upon contact with holy water. Stage one included torn skin revealing underlying areas of demon flesh; stage two was a more extensive makeup with overlapping teeth and a shriveled left eye. A full-scale (five-foot-ten-inch) Mammon puppet was fitted with a smile mechanism and an articulated rod-puppet armature. Tippett Studio used photographs and cyberscans of the puppet to create a digital version of the character. See more »

Goofs

When John, Angela and Beeman are discussing the Bible passages about the Son of Satan, Angela says "There's no 17th Act in Corinthians" and he replies that the Bible in Hell has more "acts." The Bible is traditionally divided into chapters, not "acts". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scavenger #2: Manuel.
[Scavenger continues to walk away in a trance]
Scavenger #2: Manuel!
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER After the credits, there's an epilogue to the action of the movie, with Constantine leaving his lighter on a gravestone, whereupon Chaz Kramer shows up as an angel. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Bright (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Five
Written by Paul Desmond
Performed by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Used by arrangement with Derry Music Company
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Fantastic effects + decent story = It works people!
25 August 2005 | by MinorityReporterSee all my reviews

Despite what people say this film is actually quite good. Sure it had some flaws and the story kind of dragged on but the effects were very good and the acting (which is pretty amazing) didn't suck. Keanu wasn't as bad as he usually is and Rachel Weisz does a very good job with what I think is a well written part. The must annoying actor in the film is in my opinion not Keanu but Tilda Swinton. The actor who I felt brought most passion and enthusiasm to his role was Peter Stormare who obviously enjoyed playing Satan and the scenes with him are admittedly some of the most interesting in the film and even though he is only on screen for something like 5 - 10 minutes he should almost be credited as a main character thats how good he is.

Now story wise the film had some issues but they weren't as serious as many people claim they are. As I stated previously the film does drag a little and it does take a long time for the film to actually reveal its point but its the little things that are really interesting. The exorcism scene is very well done and the effects are generally very well made. Effects doesn't make a film, however, and in spite of the issues the film actually succeeds in telling the story it wants to and the ending is indeed a climax.

I haven't read the comics so I didn't really have any expectations when I saw the film. I have heard that the avid fans of the comic books complained that Keanu Reeves doesn't fit the role. That might be true but to me he really didn't seem that bad. He still has a very clear well defined body language which I feel makes up for his monotonous voice (at least to some degree). I went in to the cinema and saw the film with an open mind which is what I advise future viewers to do and not rely too heavily on what the critics say.

All in all an excellent film

8/10


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USA | Germany

Language:

English | Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

18 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Constantine: Hellblazer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,769,098, 20 February 2005

Gross USA:

$75,976,178

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,884,728
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2.40 : 1
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