Tulku: You know what evil lurks in the hearts of men, for you have seen that evil in your own heart. Every man pays a price for redemption; this is yours.
Lamont Cranston: I'm not lookin' for redemption!
Tulku: You have no choice: you *will* be redeemed, because I will teach you to use your black shadow to fight evil.
One of the original superhero characters. Particularly important in leading to the creation of Batman. The Shadow is a movie that was unfortunately a big screen debut made after the Batman movie, causing obvious comparison. But its still a good one. Cool effects, great production value, Tim Curry and Gandolf, plus Alec Baldwin in one of his coolest role.
The original Shadow existed in the form of radio shows and pulp novels. The character was one who dressed in a hat and cloak, carrying the ability to cloud men's minds (jedi mind tricks essentially).
Here the Shadow is Lamont Cranston, played by Baldwin. He is a crime fighter existing in 1930s New York, battling various criminals.
Things change when a decedent of Genghis Kahn comes in to town, with the plan for world domination (I hate it when that happens). His plan is simple, use a new type of bomb to destroy the city, and eventually become a new conqueror. Ambitious, but simple.
Dr. Roy Tam: I guess you would call it an implosive-explosive sub-molecular device.
Lamont Cranston: Or an Atomic Bomb.
Dr. Roy Tam: Hey, that's catchy.
The Shadow, using his various connections through men whose lives he has saved, figures out Kahn's plan and must hurry to stop him.
He also runs into some supporting characters played by Peter Boyle, Ian McKellan, Penelope Ann Miller, and Tim Curry.
I enjoy this movie because it is one I grew up watching mainly. It's a lot of fun, has a great look to it. Uses a lot of special effects to make the character work. Has a score by Jerry Goldsmith that works. The dialog is very comic book styled. And it has some humor in what it is doing.
This is an entertaining crime fighter flick.
Shiwan Khan: In three days, the entire world will hear my roar, and willingly fall subject to the lost empire of Shan Kahn. That is a lovely tie, by the way. May I ask where you acquire it
Lamont Cranston: Brooks Brothers.
Shiwan Khan: Is that mid-town.
Lamont Cranston: 45th and Madison. You are a barbarian.
Shiwan Khan: Thank you. We both are.