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      Spawn

      1997, Fantasy, 1h 37m

      47 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Covert government assassin Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) is killed after being double-crossed by his boss, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). Upon arriving in Hell, Simmons is offered an opportunity to return to Earth if he's willing to lead an evil army. He accepts, and is reincarnated as a "Hellspawn" -- a twisted, horribly disfigured version of his former self. However, Spawn serves as a force of good, much to the dismay of the Devil's henchman, a wicked clown (John Leguizamo).

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Fantasy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Mark A.Z. Dippe

      • Producer: Clint Goldman

      • Writer: Alan B. McElroy

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $55.0M

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      • Distributor: New Line Home Video [us], New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: New Line Cinema, Juno Pix

      • Sound Mix: SDDS, Surround, DTS, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: 35mm, Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      John Leguizamo
      Michael Jai White
      Martin Sheen
      Melinda Clarke
      D.B. Sweeney
      Alan B. McElroy
      Alan C. Blomquist
      Todd McFarlane
      Guillermo Navarro
      Todd Busch
      Michael N. Knue
      Cliff Burton
      James Hetfield
      Graeme Revell
      Lars Ulrich
      Philip Harrison
      Eric Orbom
      Dena Roth
      Daniel J. Lester

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      • Oct 11, 2017
        This film is a lot like the punisher films, serviceable but not a patch on the source material. The film is shot like a cheap tv movie with experimental special effects. Some of the good atmospheric shots are undone by some terrible special effects in hell and bad screenwriting. The only thing I remembered about this film was the soundtrack and I give that 5 out of 5, the director clearly has more eye for the city visuals than the overall product. There is a good film here but you would almost need to reshoot half the movie to flush it out. The plot is far from interesting and we're left with a poor Spawn adaption, hopefully the reboot runs with the idea.11-10-2017.
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      • Aug 19, 2015
        God this was so campy, I wanted to cry. Spawn is an unimpressive attempt to do a comic book adaptation. Don't waste your time with this flick.
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      • Aug 13, 2015
        Spawn is again the kind of film that feels like a cheap Ps2 game, Ok the story is pretty good even though it's not told in great detail, The effects were pretty poor and the acting just as bad, Some ok action scenes but nothing great, It tries too hard to appeal to the younger viewers which made the film feel corny and silly, Never known much about the Spawn comics so just going on the film itself it's pretty dull and lackluster but maybe fans of Spawn will like it better.
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      • Jun 21, 2015
        Atrocious garbage, Spawn is a poorly made B-horror film. After being betrayed and killed by his boss, black ops assassin Al Simmons makes a deal with the Devil Malebolgia to lead the legions of Hell in a war against Heaven in exchange for being allowed to return to the world and see his former wife. The acting is quite awful; particularly Martin Sheen and John Leguizamo, who really ham it up. However, the actors don't have much to work with; as the script is horrendously bad. Additionally, the sets look incredibly cheap and the special effects are cartoonish. One of the worst comic book films ever made, Spawn fails on every level.
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