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Story

A mixed bag that received mixed reviews when released in 1994, this lavish film works overtime to honor the spirit and style of the vintage pulp novels and radio shows that made The Shadow a household name in the 1930s and '40s. Alec Baldwin plays the Shadow, a.k.a. Lamont Cranston, who arrives in New York from his decadent life in Tibet, fully reformed and disciplined in his ability "to cloud men's minds." A crime fighter who lurks in the dark recesses of the city, the Shadow faces his most deadly challenge when Shiwan Khan (John Lone), the last surviving descendant of Genghis Khan, hatches a plot to conquer the world. The scheme involves a madman (Tim Curry), a hapless scientist (Ian McKellen), and various traps designed to catch and kill the Shadow, who must also contend with his blossoming romance with Margo Lane (Penelope Ann Miller), a slender beauty capable of a little mind play of her own. The movie's art deco production design turns out to be a scene-stealer when the plot drags, and in the title role Baldwin is never given enough good material to create a compelling character. Still, The Shadow is true to the legacy that inspired it, admirably avoiding any conspicuous compromise of its 1930s style and setting. If you can't get into the story, you're sure to be hooked by the look of the production, which is never less than dazzling. --Jeff Shannon

Cast

Alec BaldwinLamont Cranston/The Shadow
John LoneShiwan Khan
Penelope Ann MillerMargo Lane
Peter BoyleMoe Shrevnitz
Ian McKellenDr. Reinhardt Lane
Tim CurryFarley Claymore
Jonathan WintersWainwright Cranston
Sab ShimonoDr. Tam
James HongLi Peng
Joseph MaherIsaac Newboldt
John KapelosDuke Rollins
Max WrightBerger
Aaron LustigDoctor
Ethan PhillipsNelson
Al LeongTibetan Driver
Steve HytnerMarine Guard
Patrick FischlerSailor
Frank WelkerPhurba

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Russell Mulcahy
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 108 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 1, 1994
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 18, 1997
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