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Darkman

"They destroyed everything he had, everything he was. Now, crime has a new enemy and justice has a new face."

1990-08-24 Action 1hr 35m

Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love.

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Storyline

Dr. Peyton Westlake is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in synthetic skin when his laboratory is destroyed by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with a former love.

  • Released
    1990-08-24
  • Revenue
    $48,900,000
  • Budget
    $16,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 35m
  • Genre
    Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    0
  • Production
    Universal Pictures, Renaissance Pictures

Crew

Sam Raimi
Director
Sam Raimi
Screenplay
Robert Tapert
Producer

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Cast

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand

Julie Hastings
Colin Friels

Colin Friels

Louis Strack Jr.
Larry Drake

Larry Drake

Robert G. Durant
Dan Bell

Dan Bell

Smiley
Aaron Lustig

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Martin Katz
Said Faraj

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Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung

Nathan Jung

Chinese Warrior
Professor Toru Tanaka

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John Lisbon Wood

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Carnival Booth Attendant
Frank Noon

Frank Noon

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William Dear

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Limo Driver
Julius Harris

Julius Harris

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Bridget Hoffman

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Carl Bresk

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Sean Daniel

Sean Daniel

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John Landis

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Carrie Hall

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John Cameron

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Craig Hosking

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Helicopter Pilot
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Cary Tyler

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Charles W. Young

Charles W. Young

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Bruce Campbell

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Jenny Agutter

Jenny Agutter

Burn Doctor (uncredited)
Ethan Coen

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Oldsmobile Passenger (uncredited)
Joel Coen

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Darkman
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A Review by John Chard 7

Written by John Chard on 2014-06-14

Enter Darkman. Sam Raimi’s trial run for the Spider-Man franchise is a whole bunch of fun. Liam Neeson plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a super... read more

Enter Darkman. Sam Raimi’s trial run for the Spider-Man franchise is a whole bunch of fun. Liam Neeson plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a super scientist who after a major run-in with the villainous Robert G. Durant (Larry Drake), reinvents himself as Darkman, a super-anti-hero who sets about ridding L.A. of its mobsters. It’s a comic book film that isn’t based on a comic book, Raimi inventing his own tortured protagonist whilst homaging similar beings of eras past. All the silliness of such fare is here of course, overblown violence and colourful characters are frequent, but there’s good thought gone into the revenge theme, while the action sequences are often excellent. The pace hardly sags, as Raimi’s creations move about a Los Angeles that is equally decaying or affluent, and in Neeson the story has a lead actor with swagger, pathos and emotional force in abundance. 7/10

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A Review by d54.pod 10

Written by d54.pod on 2022-08-30

Full Review: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6ODe6zr5oNHl6lkcjoOcPB?si=0aad71ce959743a3 I recently rewatched Darkman and there is ju... read more

Full Review: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6ODe6zr5oNHl6lkcjoOcPB?si=0aad71ce959743a3 I recently rewatched Darkman and there is just so much to like about this movie. In comparison to today's superhero overdose, Darkman just sticks to the basics and tells an incredible emotional and captivating story which is real. No over the top CGI, no storylines forced in by studio producers, not really any characters used just as a device, no cut scenes of blatant Easter Eggs and no political agenda in sight. Comedy is used appropriately and not to undercut the tone of particular scenes and characters. I really miss these kind of movies in today's superhero landscape. I do like the MCU and how they bought these comic book characters to screen, but after watching Darkman (after about 15 years or so) the MCU are doing so much wrong. I loved you could just watch this movie and not have to worry about what is means to the overarching story or where this story and character fit into the larger universe. It also did such a great job of focusing purely on one character and the journey through the pain he has to go through. I love this movie, it's one of those movies which will always stick in my memory. It's a real testament to great film making and knowing what works.

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A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

This is interesting... this is one of those B-Movie gems that is packed full of pro-talent before they really became pro-talent. And that is... read more

This is interesting... this is one of those B-Movie gems that is packed full of pro-talent before they really became pro-talent. And that is right down to the Cohens who did uncredited script polishing. This is worth the watch, even if you are one of those people that hates B-movies... wrongly hates. And, it's a comic book movie, it is over the top, it is campy, it packs serious action into a short little plot that still manages to be compelling. The MCU could take lessons on story crafting from this.

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A Review by JPV852 7

Written by JPV852 on 2024-02-19

Seen this one a few times over the years and while some scenes were really cheesy due to the visual effects of that era, it still is quite e... read more

Seen this one a few times over the years and while some scenes were really cheesy due to the visual effects of that era, it still is quite entertaining and solid performances from Neeson and McDormand even with some of the overly dramatic dialogue especially from Neeson. Fine way to spend 90-minutes still.

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A Review by John Chard

Enter Darkman. Sam Raimi’s trial run for the Spider-Man franchise is a whole bunch of fun. Liam Neeson plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a super scientist who after a major run-in with the villainous Robert G. Durant (Larry Drake), reinvents hi...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 7

Written by John Chard on 2014-06-14

Enter Darkman. Sam Raimi’s trial run for the Spider-Man franchise is a whole bunch of fun. Liam Neeson plays Dr. Peyton Westlake, a super scientist who after a major run-in with the villainous Robe...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by d54.pod 10

Written by d54.pod on 2022-08-30

Full Review: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6ODe6zr5oNHl6lkcjoOcPB?si=0aad71ce959743a3 I recently rewatched Darkman and there is just so much to like about this movie. In comparison to today'...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

This is interesting... this is one of those B-Movie gems that is packed full of pro-talent before they really became pro-talent. And that is right down to the Cohens who did uncredited script polishin...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by JPV852 7

Written by JPV852 on 2024-02-19

Seen this one a few times over the years and while some scenes were really cheesy due to the visual effects of that era, it still is quite entertaining and solid performances from Neeson and McDormand...

read more