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R| 1 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
When thugs employed by a crime boss lead a vicious assault on Dr. Peyton Wilder (Liam Neeson), leaving him literally and psychologically scarred, an emergency procedure allows him to survive. Upon his recovery, Wilder can find solace only by returning to his scientific work developing synthetic skin, and seeking revenge against the crime boss. He assumes a phantom avenger persona called Darkman, who, with malleable facial qualities, is able to infiltrate and sow terror in the criminal community.

Cast: Liam Neeson , Frances McDormand , Colin Friels , Larry Drake , Nelson Mashita , Jesse Lawrence Ferguson , Rafael Robledo , Danny Hicks

Director: Sam Raimi

Genres: Action, Thriller

Distributor: MCA/Universal Home Video, MCA/Universal Pictures [us]

Darkman (1990)

Release Date: August 21st, 1990|1 hr. 35 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • Darkman is big, stupid and wonderful -- an absurd, grand-scale adventure and a vicious comedy rolled into one nasty, unpleasant, hard-to-resist mess. [24 Aug. 1990, p.E1] show more

  • Cult director Sam Raimi has come a long way since giving us killer tree limbs in whichever (I've repressed it) Evil Dead pic had them. With good leads and a few bucks, he's come up with a high-octane revenge piece mentionable in the same breath as its predecessors. [24 Aug. 1990] show more

  • The film works because Raimi's motor-rhythmed pop sensibility was ready to take off in this movie, and does, in a series of wonderfully hyperkinetic comic-strip lurches. [24 Aug. 1990, p.34] show more

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  • December 26, 2008 jeffdecristofaro
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    Dark, twisted, violent, melodramatic and a wonderful homage to 1930's and 40's pulp hero comics and serials. Sam Raimi's first superhero movie is far superior to his later SPIDER-MAN epics.

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