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Plot: 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… Runtime: 108 min Release Date: 01 Jul 1994
This movie got poor-to-middling reviews when it was released in 1994 but I still hold out hope that it eventually gets its proper respect in TV and Cable reruns, because it's a terrificly entertaining film. Maybe it just takes a certain frame of mind or background to enjoy this movie, but I absolutely love it and frequently go back to it when I want to see how a dark, edgy, and FUN movie is done right.Alec Baldwin is excellent as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow. Baldwin has never achieved the commercial sucess many predicted for him and this movie perhaps shows why; Baldwin doesn't play a <more>
straight protagonist. The movie begins with Cranston as a hedonistic warlord in China and then jumps to his reformed Shadow persona is 1930's New York, and it is Baldwin's performance, which teeters between serious and funny, nice and cruel, that bridges the gap. Russell Mulcahy and crew did an excellent job creating a 1930's-noir feel to the picture. One of my friends complained that the movie sets were "too obviously fake", I think he missed the point. They re-created the feel of a 1930's movie set, not the 1930's itself!The movie is a bit campy at times but thankfully maintains the dark edge of the Shadow character, who has no qualms about killing or maiming his opponents hey, this guy was a bloodthirsty killer in his previous life, you think he's going to forget how to use that power when he changes sides? . John Lone does a nice job as the Shadow's opposite number, Shiwan Khan. The supporting cast is excellent as well Jonathon Winters, Ian McKellan, Tim Curry with perhaps the exception of Penelope Ann Miller, whose character and performance were rather annoying, but I can live with it.Overall I give this movie a BIG thumbs up and recommend it to anyone that enjoys fun movies. I've gotten a mixed reaction from friends I've recommended it to but I think this is the kind of movie where if you like it all, you'll love it.
One of the best action movies I have ever seen (by xevergivenx)
I found THE SHADOW to be simply amazing. I thought that this movie was a work of art and was the classic definition of a sleeper film. When we were blessed with this great film, it did not get the recognition it deserved. I found this film to be full of great action sequences and witty-special effects. I was disappointed to find that it got such a low vote. This movie was astonishing and I recommend it to anyone who likes creative,action films.
The definitive Superhero movie! (by thegosv)
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 <more>
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.
Brilliantly logical and epic-scale adventure, a masterpiece of its ilk (by silverscreen888)
"The Shadow" 1994 as directed by Russell Mulcahy appears to me not to have one single ill- considered nor wasted frame. The music supplied by Jerry Goldsmith I find to be stunningly beautiful, and the the adventure script by David Koepp based on the Walter B. Gibson character so strongly made that every scene becomes memorable. Then there is a most- stylish production design by Joseph C. Nemecs III, strong cinematography by Stephen H. Burum, award caliber Art Direction by Jack Johnson, Dan Olkiewicz, and Steven Wolff, epic set decoration by Garrett Lewis and colorful and very <more>
apposite costume design by Bob Ringwood. Willi Bar, Martin Bregman and Patricia Churchill produced this obviously masterful work of cinematic adventure with Rolf Deyhle, Louis A. Stroller, and Stan Weston. And one needs to mention the special effects, visual effects, low-key lighting and their general handling...for once exactly attuned, I suggest, to the strong if fantastic-for-the-sake-of-idea storyline of the film. The plot narrative I argue is so strong that this is what makes everything work. An almost Shakespearean sense of abstracted good and evil, beginning with the central character's evolution and presentation in a prologue, throws a chiaroscuro handling of bright lights and dark shadows onto every character and every line action and visual element. The fact that Lamont Cranston, later the Shadow, has both potential evil and great good in him is turned by the mystical Master Tulu into an opportunity to convert him from being the most ruthless of warlords to a man who will use his newly-mastered power "to cloud men's minds so they cannot see him" into a power used to combat men who would misemploy such forces. But all too soon, just as he meets a dangerously psychic and disturbingly beautiful woman, Cranston is confronted by his ultimate adversary: Shiwan Khan, descendant of the Jenghiz Khan, who sets out to dominate the world, thereby involving the girl--Margot Lane's--her scientist father, his weakling assistant, Cranston's Uncle, the city's police chief, and the network of informants and aides Cranston has built during his career of saving men's lives and enlisting them thereafter. A silent and sometimes violent battle that then rages through the city of New York in the 1930s--presented here as a majestic visual setting apt to such a contest--moves toward a dangerous and inevitable final contest with swift visual presentations, spare but highly-intelligent dialog and a well-sustained mood of impending crisis, a crisis I claim is well resolved. As"The Shadow", Alec Baldwin defeats badmen and enjoys himself thoroughly doing the task. He deserved a nomination I assert for carrying off a role of so much complexity with elegance, subtle humor and professionalism. John Lone as his adversary is above average in a difficult role. Penelope Ann Miller is lovely and convincing as Margot Lane. Other notables in the very large cast include Macolm McDowell in the brief part of Professor Lane, Tim Curry as his Uriah Heep-like assistant, Jonathan Winters as the stodgy Uncle, Peter Boyle and Sab Shimono, as the Shadow's confederates, Brady Tsurutani as Tulku and James Hong as a victim of the formerly evil Cranston seen in the prologue. The movie is perhaps among the most intelligent and consistent productions I have knowledge of this side of the equally logical and similarly underrated "American President", "Elf", and "The Mark of Zorro". As what it is, an implied- idea-level adventure, like the "American president", I claim it stands many levels above anything else seen on the screens of its time.
A very Stylish retelling of a very popular gem of the past. (by ozthegreatat42330)
From a time when superheros were starting to appear, and radio was king, the Shadow was Emperor. Along with Arch Obler's Lights out and "The Inner Sanctum" it was one of the most popular shows of that age. Now it has been brought to the big screen with all of the style and even parts of the script from the earliest Shadow Adventures. The casting here was inspired. Alec Baldwin makes a great Lamont Cranston AKA The Shadow Peter Boyle was excellent as his sidekick. Penelope Ann Miller was an acceptable Margot Lane. Ian McKellen makes the first movie appearance that I have seen <more>
him in. John Lone The Last Emperor is delightful as the evil Shiwan Khan. Tim Curry plays the sniveling little git of an evil henchman as only he can. And the great Jonathan Winters in one of his latest screen appearances as Lamont's uncle, police commissioner. Also of note among the other fine actors, including James Hong, is Ethan Phillips Benson/Star Trek Voyager in a cameo as the Museum Guard. This is a superhero film at its best.
Don't know why no one knows this is a great movie! (by suzyqfd)
I don't know why this movie didn't make it as a hit, I thought it was well acted and it had a kind of film noir feel to it. The cinematography was great as were the F/X. The acting was just the right mixture of seriousness and tongue in cheek and very well portrayed. The period costumes were great. It's great entertainment. This movie is better than the sex, degradation, and destruction that's usually on the screen these days! Who knows what ideas lurk in the minds of the populace!
looks like a million bucks...but! (by mikaj-1)
30's pulp heroes are great...and Shadow is possibly coolest of the whole gang. That said this movie just leaves you little bit disappointed even if cinematography is awesome and production design is top notch, there sure is Art in this Deco. Alec Baldwin is also spot on as Shadow/Lamont Cranston and even Penelope Ann Miller manages to look glamorous as hell. So what is amiss, maybe it's a total lack of mystery and adventure that this kind of romp needs. When you have an exotic villains and world shattering threats you have to crank it to the max and Russell Mulcahy just don't get <more>
the engine rolling. I do realize that Shadow ain't Indy but this still is supposed to be Pulp adventure and as such it should suck you in and offer one hell of a ride. Sadly it doesn't happen, also Peter Boyle and Ian Mckellen are wasted in their parts and usually dependable John Lone just don't project enough menace as wannabe world conqueror. If you are retrominded check it out, Cobalt Club itself is worth it, but if you are just seeking thrilling adventure this may not deliver.
This movie rips-off Batman, Star Wars, and Enter the Dragon. Even if the Shadow is the inspiration for Batman, anyone who was born after the 1950s doesn't know who the heck The Shadow is. So watching this movie is like watching a rip-off of Batman. Regardless it's a fun and exciting movie to watch with good performances and a great score.***out of****starsA little side note: Is it me or doesn't Alec Baldwin look like Stephen Baldwin or one of those Baldwin brothers when he's wearing the Shadow costume?
Very good film that is a little on the weird side (by TheLittleSongbird)
The rating is too low. This film is actually very good indeed, with great special effects and acting. New York looks beautiful, and the special effects makes the film well worth watching. The film's length is just right, and the period in which it's set is fairly accurate, and the Jerry Goldsmith score was superb. I must say I was confused at the beginning, but that's me, I did think the story was the weakest aspect of the film, perhaps the director was focusing on visual detail and almost forgot the story. I need to see this movie again. But the climax was very rousing. The <more>
performances were very good, if overshadowed slightly by the special effects. Alec Baldwin is very good, and the way they made him invisible was a masterstroke. John Lone is also superb, as is the beautiful Penelope Ann Miller. I couldn't take my eyes off her in that dress, I thought Christmas had come early. Peter Boyle is great with the humour. Tim Curry is the most entertaining of the small roles. He overdoes the sliminess sometimes, but that's Tim Curry, but that isn't a bad thing, his overdoing the role made him entertaining. The only performer who struggled was the usually excellent Ian McKellan who looked uncomfortable in this film. But this is coming from a schoolgirl who really enjoyed this movie, and this movie deserves an 8/10. Bethany Cox