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The Shadow (1994)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 1 July 1994 (USA)
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In 1930s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Walter B. Gibson (character The Shadow from stories), David Koepp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Lamont Cranston / The Shadow
John Lone ... Shiwan Khan
Penelope Ann Miller ... Margo Lane
Peter Boyle ... Moe Shrevnitz
Ian McKellen ... Reinhardt Lane
Tim Curry ... Farley Claymore
Jonathan Winters ... Police Commissioner Wainwright Barth
Sab Shimono ... Dr. Roy Tam
Andre Gregory ... Burbank
Brady Tsurutani Brady Tsurutani ... Tulku
James Hong ... Li Peng
Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad ... Wu
Joseph Maher ... Isaac Newboldt
John Kapelos ... Duke Rollins
Max Wright ... Berger
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Storyline

Based on the 1930's pulp fiction and radio drama series, this movie pits the hero against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city ransom using an atomic bomb. Using his powers of invisibility and "The power to cloud men's minds", the Shadow comes blazing to the city's rescue with explosive results. Written by Michael Ross <M.I.Ross-iy1i9893@lmu.ac.uk>

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The Shadow Knows! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sombra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,713,845, 4 July 1994

Gross USA:

$32,063,435

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,063,435
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the first museum scene, as the director is walking towards the loading docks he passes a skeleton of what appears to be a unicorn. The first sight of it is the shadow on the wall behind him, then as he passes, you can clearly see what looks like a horn attached to the skull, of what looks like a horse. This is not correct. The skeleton is actually that of the dinosaur Iguanodon. When first discovered in the early nineteenth century, the skeleton was incomplete, and it was thought that the Iguanodon had a horn on his nose. It was later found that this was actually a spike, where Iguanodon's thumb should be. This skeleton is trying to capture that misunderstanding. See more »

Goofs

When Margo Lane arrives to rescue The Shadow from the water tank, a distant shot shows no water leaking out of the bullet holes Farley Claymore made. But when she's right by the door, water can clearly be seen leaking out. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Roy Tam: How did you know where to find me? How did you know who I am?
The Shadow: [begins to laugh] The Shadow knows!
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Connections

Referenced in Sandy Wexler (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Original Sin (Theme from 'The Shadow')
Written, Produced and Arranged by Jim Steinman
Performed by Taylor Dayne
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
The definitive Superhero movie!
18 February 2005 | by thegosvSee all my reviews

Many people would not agree with the maximum rating being awarded to this film. I should agree with them, the one reason I don't is that you can clearly see this film attempted to be great in all areas. I feel sorry for them, they carried the story well and related back to a lot from the original stories. They would have succeeded if it weren't for the fact that they made a couple of casting errors. The lead hero and villain were good, Tim Curry always boosts a film and the female wasn't that bad really. The rest should have been reconsidered, however. Sir Ian McKellen is capable of so much more than he delivered, which is surprising. Even so, he should not have been chosen for that role. The one problem this film really has is that it chose to use a character created in times when there weren't any heroes really. It is nearly impossible to understand these times and therefore the impact of the character was lost on the audience this time around. It is a real shame, because the shot of The Shadow at the top of the stairs in the hotel is one of the best you will find of any hero in film. If you are aware of the original Shadow articles, this film will probably already be in your collection. It does a great job and should not have flopped to the extent it did. I would strongly encourage anyone considering watching this film to rent it. If you like the superhero genre, which is on the rise, you will love this film. Cliché, yes, but true.


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