• Spawn (1997)


Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: January 6th, 1998

PG-13 |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

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).

Cast: John Leguizamo, Michael Jai White, Martin Sheen, Theresa Randle, Melinda Clarke, Miko Hughes, Sydni Beaudoin, Nicol Williamson

Director: Mark A.Z. Dippe

Genres: Fantasy

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Juno Pix

Keywords: Intense, Revenge, Dark, Friend, Love, 1990s, Transformation, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Unfortunately, where the movie falls apart is in the storyline. While Spawn fans may be delighted by this effort, the uninitiated may have a hard time getting beyond the fancy special effects and often-incoherent plot. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonaghTV Guide Magazine

    Todd McFarlane's Spawn plays better on the page, but the adolescents of all ages who buy Spawn comics will probably enjoy the movie. Others should consider themselves forewarned. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It walks and talks like a big budget horror film, heavy on special effects and pitched at the teenage audience, and maybe that's how it will be received. But it's more impressive if you ignore the genre and just look at what's on the screen. show more

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