Darkman

Darkman

4.1 7
Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels

     
 

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Neglecting Julie (Frances McDormand), his lawyer lady friend, Dr. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) works feverishly to perfect his latest invention -- artificial skin that could be used to treat burn victims. Peyton himself falls victim to an explosion when one of Julie's crooked clients sends his henchmen to sniff out an incriminating document that's been left in… See more details below

Overview

Neglecting Julie (Frances McDormand), his lawyer lady friend, Dr. Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) works feverishly to perfect his latest invention -- artificial skin that could be used to treat burn victims. Peyton himself falls victim to an explosion when one of Julie's crooked clients sends his henchmen to sniff out an incriminating document that's been left in Westlake's lab. Hideously disfigured and left for dead, the good doctor receives an experimental medical treatment that renders him super-strong, impervious to pain and prone to heightened fits of rage. Rebuilding his lab into an underground hideout, Westlake begins using his synthetic skin to impersonate various characters and engineer his revenge against those who destroyed his life. Reconnecting with Julie, however, becomes the unsightly vigilante's biggest challenge.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Sam Raimi's fourth directorial effort and his first with major studio backing doesn't depart too far from the thrills-and-special-effects approach that made his first couple of films so ingeneously entertaining. But this pulpy action flick does suffer a bit from the strings that come attached to Hollywood money. The long list of screenwriting credits may include the director's brother, Ivan, and his friends, Joel and Ethan Coen, but the script that emerges is still somewhat scattered. The plot seems rather convoluted for such superheroic subject matter, giving us too much setup and too little of the shadowy protagonist's exploits. After all, in a real golden-age comic book -- the obvious literary precursor to this sort of movie -- the hero's origin is usually dashed off as a prologue to the central action. Here we have to wait for the two inferior, straight-to-video sequels for Darkman's continued adventures. When the film does connect, though, it's good, adolescent fun, from Liam Neeson's broodingly archetypal scientist/avenger to the colorful line-up of villians both corporate and underworld. Frances McDormand seems to have wandered in from another, more realistic drama, but she makes a refreshingly believable vigilante girlfriend; she's no Vickie Vale, thank heaven. The real test of any action flick is the influence of its special effects, and Darkman's signature move -- the illusion of one human face being peeled away to reveal another, equally realistic one -- has been ripped off everywhere from Mission: Impossible to Charlie's Angels. Not exactly Terminator 2 territory, but a measure of Darkman's niche appeal nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2014
UPC:
0826663145663
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
24,166

Special Features

New interview with Frances McDormand; Audio commentary with director of photography Bill Pope; That Will Be Just Fine - an interview with actor Larry Drake; Durant's Men - interviews with actors Dan Bell and Danny Hicks; Darkman's design - interviews with production designer Randy Ser and art director Philip Dagort; The face of revenge - an interview with special make-up creator Tony Gardner; Original storyboards; Theatrical trailer; TV spots; Vintage electronic press kit; Vintage cast & crew profiles: Sam Raimi, Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, and Larry Drake

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Peyton Westlake/Darkman
Frances McDormand Julie Hastings
Colin Friels Louis Strack, Jr.
Larry Drake Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita Yakitito
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson Eddie Black
Jenny Agutter Doctor
Rafael Robledo Rudy Guzman
Dan Hicks Skip
Theodore Raimi Rick
Dan Bell Smiley
Nicholas Worth Pauly
Bruce Campbell Shemp, Final
William Dear Limo Driver
Phillip A. Gillis Priest
Aaron Lustig Martin Katz
Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad Hung Fat
Said Faraj Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung Chinese Warrior
Toru Tanaka Chinese Warrior
John Lisbon Wood Carnival Booth Attendant
Frank Noon Side Show Barker
Julius Harris Gravedigger
Bridget Hoffman Computer
Maggie Moore Nurse
Carl Bresk Policeman
Sean Daniel Policeman
John Landis Physician
Carrie Hall Screaming Woman
John Cameron Bartender
Craig Hosking Helicopter Pilot
Karl Wickman Police Helicopter Pilot
Cliff Fleming Police Helicopter Pilot
Andy Bale Dockworker
Neal McDonough Dockworker
Stuart Cornfield Dockworker
William Lustig Dockworker
Scott Spiegel Dockworker
Cary Tyler Dockworker
Charles W. Young Dockworker with Bullet in Forehead

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Ginni Barr Set Decoration/Design
Chuck Borden Stunts
John Cade Stunts
John Cameron Asst. Director
John Casino Stunts
Christopher Doyle Stunts
Ethan Coen Screenwriter
Joel Coen Screenwriter
Phil Dagort Art Director
B.J. Davis Stunts
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Dave Efron Stunts
Danny Elfman Score Composer
John Escobar Stunts
Jammie Friday Animator
Tony Gardner Makeup Special Effects
Daniel Goldin Screenwriter
Joshua Goldin Screenwriter
Carl Goldstein Asst. Director
Larry Hamlin Makeup Special Effects
Rick Hannigan Camera Operator
Paul Hellerman Production Manager
Introvision Systems International Special Effects
Scott Javine Asst. Director
Daryl Kass Producer
Hubie Kerns Stunts
Peter Kuran Special Effects
Kevin Kutchaver Animator
Karen Laine Stunts
Deborah Larsen Makeup
Lane Leavitt Stunts
Gene Lebell Stunts
Dennis Madalone Stunts
Wild Bill Mock Stunts
Sherry Peterson Stunts
Chuck Pfarrer Screenwriter
Rex Pierson Stunts
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Grania Preston Costumes/Costume Designer
FourWard Productions Special Effects
Chiodo Brothers Productions Animator
Ivan Raimi Screenwriter
Randy Ser Production Designer
Jonathan Sheffer Score Composer
Bud Smith Editor
Scott Smith Editor
David Stiven Editor
George Suhayda Set Decoration/Design
Donald Summer Musical Direction/Supervision,Sound Mixer
Robert Tapert Producer
Tim Trella Stunts
Patricia Whitcher Production Designer,Production Manager

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