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Darkman (1990)

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A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

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Sam Raimi

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Sam Raimi (story), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Frances McDormand ... Julie Hastings
Colin Friels ... Louis Strack Jr.
Larry Drake ... Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita Nelson Mashita ... Yakitito
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Eddie Black
Rafael H. Robledo Rafael H. Robledo ... Rudy Guzman
Dan Hicks ... Skip (as Danny Hicks)
Ted Raimi ... Rick (as Theodore Raimi)
Dan Bell Dan Bell ... Smiley
Nicholas Worth ... Pauly
Aaron Lustig ... Martin Katz
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Hung Fat
Said Faraj ... Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung Nathan Jung ... Chinese Warrior
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Storyline

Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise. Written by Rob Hartill

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Now, Crime Has a New Enemy, And Justice Has a New Face! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek ciemnosci See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,054,860, 24 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,878,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,878,520, 31 December 1991
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Liam Neeson and Frances McDormand worked closely in rehearsals. They even re-wrote the three love scenes they had together after he becomes Darkman. They got through the scenes, according to McDormand, by depending on each other's knowledge of theater, and each other. See more »

Goofs

When Louis Strack Jr, Julie and Paynton are on top of the building at the end, Louis shouts " I built it all" and it shows he is not holding a gun, but in the next shot he is clearly holding a gun. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eddie Black: [on phone] 'Cause he's an asshole! Tell him no. Tell him no, too. Him, tell "fuck you." No, I'm gonna be here a minute. Got some guy coming up who thinks he's gonna muscle me out of my property. What's it matter! Just another tough guy, that's all.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credit sequence is full of dark clouds and brief images of Darkman. The second A in the title is shaped like Darkman's silhouette. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK theatrical version and original UIP video release was cut by 25 seconds to get a "15" rating. The 1991 CIC video was upgraded to an "18" and had most of the cuts restored, though 2 secs remained edited from the film owing to BBFC policy regarding footage of nunchakus. See more »

Connections

References The Wolf Man (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Give It To Me
Written and Performed by Judy Valenti
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Was _very_ impressed -- what could have been a forgettable Z-movie turned out to be something rather profound
30 January 2000 | by polaris93See all my reviews

This movie might have joined the ranks of the utterly forgettable Z-movies of the genre had it not been for excellent direction, superb characterization, and outstanding acting on the part of Liam Neeson, who played Peyton Westlake/Darkman, and Larry Drake, who played his enemy, the arch-villain, Durant. The movie presents the destruction of a man by a psychopathic monster for utterly trivial reasons -- and makes it clear that however horrifying the physical damage perpetrated on Peyton Westlake by Durant's minions might be, the effect on his soul and spirit is far worse. At the same time, it showed that in spite of what happened to him, Westlake/Darkman was able to rise above it at least enough to choose the life of a giver of justice rather than one of evil, as the physically unscarred drug-lord Durant & Co., the _real_ monsters in this film, had. This film does _not_ glamorize psychopathic, criminal violence in any way, but rather shows it for what it really is: repellant, ugly, and contemptible, destroying life and everything that supports it without a qualm for no better reason than cheap thrills or a very minor profit. This is _not_ a typical Hollywood film, nor just a cheap garage-flick monster movie special. It shows with graphic realism exactly what is left when conscience, civilization, and the rest of the more delicate mechanisms that constitute our humanity are stripped away: pure beastliness, without glamour and without redemption of any sort. -- And it shows, as well, that even when everything is taken from a man, he can rise above it, choose to remain a man, however damaged, rather than sinking down to the level of the beast.


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