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Darkman (1990)

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A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.


Sam Raimi


Sam Raimi (story), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
4,125 ( 82)
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Frances McDormand ... Julie Hastings
Colin Friels ... Louis Strack Jr.
Larry Drake ... Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita Nelson Mashita ... Yakitito
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson ... Eddie Black
Rafael H. Robledo Rafael H. Robledo ... Rudy Guzman
Dan Hicks ... Skip (as Danny Hicks)
Ted Raimi ... Rick (as Theodore Raimi)
Dan Bell Dan Bell ... Smiley
Nicholas Worth ... Pauly
Aaron Lustig ... Martin Katz
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Hung Fat
Said Faraj ... Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung Nathan Jung ... Chinese Warrior


Peyton Westlake is a scientist who has discovered a way to produce synthetic skin. This could revolutionise skin grafting, except for one minor glitch; the synthetic skin degrades after 100 minutes of exposure to light. When gangsters attack Peyton, he is horrifically burnt, and assumed dead. In his quest for revenge, Peyton, aka the Darkman, is able to take on the appearance of anyone (using the synthetic skin,) but he only has 100 minutes per disguise. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In the darkest hour, there is a light that shines on every human being...but ONE! See more »


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Did You Know?


Bill Paxton was almost cast as Peyton Westlake. According to Paxton, he told his friend Liam Neeson about the audition. When Neeson got the role, Paxton was so angry that he did not speak to Neeson for months. See more »


There is no hole visible in Darkman's hand after he rips it through the bolt pinning it to the girder. This can be clearly seen when he swings to save Julie right afterwards. See more »


[first lines]
Eddie Black: [on phone] 'Cause he's an asshole! Tell him no. Tell him no, too. Him, tell "fuck you." No, I'm gonna be here a minute. Got some guy coming up who thinks he's gonna muscle me out of my property. What's it matter! Just another tough guy, that's all.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credit sequence is full of dark clouds and brief images of Darkman. The second A in the title is shaped like Darkman's silhouette. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene was deleted out of the final cut that involves Strack sitting on his bed in a towel, picking up a box full of gold coins, placing the coins on the bed, taking his towel off, and then jumping on the bed and writhing in ectasy on the coins, naked. See more »


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A movie that had no audience
13 July 2019 | by steveassaultSee all my reviews

At the time Darkman was an oddity. It was an R rated film in the superhero genre (dominated at the time by Batman) which was for kids/families. Along comes Sam Rami to make an "adult" superhero movie with horror overtones. Those of us who knew Rami was involved checked it out and at the time, I wanted it to have MORE horror and less superhero. At this point I can appreciate it for what it is and its a solid superhero movie that would fit much better today than it did at the time bc the adult audience for this genre exists today. Its a very ambitious movie for the time. Still a solid watch. The fx are adequate and the characters are top notch. The bad guys are hissable and the humor is amusing. The plot is clever and the violence and fx are solid. This is a movie worthy of rediscovery.

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Release Date:

24 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,054,860, 26 August 1990

Gross USA:


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1.85 : 1
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