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Army of Darkness (1992)

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A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writers:

Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Campbell ... Ash
Embeth Davidtz ... Sheila
Marcus Gilbert ... Lord Arthur
Ian Abercrombie ... Wiseman
Richard Grove ... Duke Henry the Red
Timothy Patrick Quill Timothy Patrick Quill ... Blacksmith
Michael Earl Reid ... Gold Tooth
Bridget Fonda ... Linda
Patricia Tallman ... Possessed Witch
Ted Raimi ... Cowardly Warrior (as Theodore Raimi)
Deke Anderson ... Mini-Ash #1
Bruce Thomas ... Mini-Ash #2
Sara Shearer Sara Shearer ... Old Woman
Shiva Gordon Shiva Gordon ... Pit Deadite #1
Billy Bryan ... Pit Bitch
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Storyline

Ash is transported with his car to 1,300 A.D., where he is captured by Lord Arthur and turned slave with Duke Henry the Red and a couple of his men. When Ash is thrown into a pit, he defeats two monsters and wins respect of Arthur's army and vassals. The Wiseman points Ash as The Chosen One that will retrieve the Necronomicon but Ash is only interested in returning home. When he learns that the only way to return to his time is using the Necronomicon, Ash decides to travel to the unholy land of the Deadites. The Wiseman advises that he must say the words "Klaatu Barada Nikto" to safely get the evil book. However, Ash forgets the last word and an army of the dead resurrects to attack Arthur fortress and recover the Necronomicon. The battle between the living and the dead is about to start and the support of Henry the Red is the only way to help Ash and Arthur to defeat the army of darkness. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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How can you destroy an army that's already dead? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and horror | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Dead 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,424,535, 21 February 1993

Gross USA:

$11,502,976

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,502,976
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (international cut) | (Television Cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First and last studio film Bruce Campbell starred in as the lead. See more »

Goofs

Crew member visible behind grating in the pit sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening monologue]
Ash: My name is Ash and I am a slave. Close as I can figure, the year is thirteen hundred A.D and I'm being dragged to my death. It wasn't always like this, I had a real life, once. A job.
Ash: [now Ash is in a flashback] Umm... Hardware aisle twelve, shop smart, shop S-Mart!
Ash: [back to monologue] I had a wonderful girlfriend Linda. Together we drove to a small cabin in the mountains. It seems an archeologist had come to this remote place to translate and study his latest find...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Ash can be heard laughing over the beginning of the credits in the original ending. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Australia and Japan is available a Special Edition on video which contains many alternate scenes, including the following:
  • A cheesy shot is included in the pit: Ash decapitates the female deadite and a previously deleted shot of black blood splashes on the wall.
  • Ash and Shiela make love (tastefully--you can't see anything) in front of the fire on a bearskin rug. Then there is another shot upon the tower: as Ash looks out over the field, Shiela comes up to see him, and places the cloak on his back, they then kiss. The cue "Give me some sugar" is identical to the one on the soundtrack album.
  • Lengthened scene as Ash enters the windmill.
  • Re-edited, shortened Little Ash torture sequence, missing most of the music.
  • Extended conversation between Ash and Badash: Ash: What are you? Are you me? Badash: What are goo? Are goo me? You sound like a jerk! Ash: What is this? Badash: Oh, you wanna know? 'Cause the answer's easy: I'm Badash and you're Goodash.
  • Instead of "Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun," Ash says "I ain't that good".
  • Ash's return to the castle is scored with "The Forest of the Dead" in the regular cut; here it is unscored.
  • Scene featuring back and forth camera movement as Arthur's men argue about staying at the castle and extended Ash speech.
  • Ash encourages the troops on the stairs to the parapet: "I know you're scared; we're all scared, but we can fight back...with technology." Extended "Building the Deathcoaster" montage that includes the complete music cue.
  • Evilash asks his scout for a looking glass, attempts to fix his hair, then, frustrated, tosses it back in the scouts face.
  • Ash runs up a spiral staircase which is open on the back wall before viewind the army's approach on the tower. This effect was achieved through camera movement rather than cutting, as in the regular print.
  • Henry the Red's army has a different fanfare, based on the deleted theme from "The Deathcoaster," as it appears on the album.
  • The alternate ending is included as a bonus after the end credits.
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User Reviews

Comedy and horror rolled into one
2 June 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

Okay, maybe it's more comedy than horror, but who cares? Army of Darkness is an awesome movie. Bruce Campbell does an excellent job as Ash, the arrogant and hilarious hero armed with his trusty chainsaw and 'boom stick'. The plot was great and fresh, showing that the people behind the scenes were not trying to do the same thing that made Evil Dead I & II popular. The movie is filled with sword swinging skeletons, kick boxing witches and slap stick. Bruce Campbell has some excellent one liners. To sum it up, Army of Darkness is groovy.

But you can let it end here. Give us another sequel please.


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