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The Shadow (1994)

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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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4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Barth
Sab Shimono ... Dr. 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, the film pits the hero against his arch enemy, Shiwan Khan, who plans to take over the world by holding a city ransom using an atom 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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Taglines:

The Shadow Knows! See more »


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1994 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La sombra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,055,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,055,248
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

What attracted Tim Curry to this project more than anything else was the chance to work with Sir Ian McKellen. See more »

Goofs

When Barth and Lamont are having dinner, after Lamont rushes out you see Barth take two sips of his martini. In the first sip the drink is almost empty. The next sip is from an almost half full glass. See more »

Quotes

Lamont Cranston: [sees Barth reading a note] What's the matter? Cops and robbers business slowing down?
Barth: Mm-mm. It's a report of that damn Shadow character again.
Lamont Cranston: I thought you said he was only a rumor.
Barth: I'm sick of this Shadow business. His meddling in police affairs. This time tomorrow, I'll put a task force on him.
Lamont Cranston: [using mind control on Barth] You're not going to appoint a task force.
Barth: No. The hell with it. I'm not going to appoint a task force.
Lamont Cranston: You're not going to pay any attention to these reports of the ...
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Connections

Referenced in Special When Lit (2009) 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

Pretty good and underrated
17 December 2001 | by elvogtSee all my reviews

A short comment about this movie from a German point of view, which may make a difference when we're talking about radio plays/comics adapted to the silver screen:

"The Shadow" as a radio play is virtually unknown around here. (I used the opportunity to check out some old recordings on the web, and it's _awesome_ to listen to!) So, German audiences will just walk into the theatre without any proconceived ideas about how it should be, expecting just any other adventure movie.

As such, IMHO it stood up well. Baldwin is cool; of course his demi-dark side begs for a comparision to Batman, but I think Baldwin wins in terms of credibility and depth of character. The gimmicks and gadgets are neat, Tim Curry as the half-villain is entertaining to watch as always (though he overdoes it a bit at times), the script is well-paced, the action is staged superbly, the music is gripping.

But most of all: Kudos to the production design/special effects/makeup team! They did a superb job in transforming the Shadow's 'invisibility' (as well as his overall looks) from a radio idea to the screen. It was awesome to watch, and at the same time a bit chilling and frightening.

Drawback: Beside the intentional jokes ("I'm not interested in your balls..."), some takes just seemed to be unintentionally funny- perhaps they went a little too far in trying to create a gloomy atmosphere...

Along with _The Rocketeer_, this one's also one of the unfortunately widely underrated films. Certainly not a milestone in film history, but a good and entertaining flick to watch with a bag of popcorn and a girl to hold in your arms during the scary moments. But I'm pretty sure- The Shadow... knows!


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