The Shadow

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Russell Mulcahy
Production: Universal Pictures
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min



You and your brothers

murdered three of our men.

He would have done the same.

Send three more and I'll kill them, too.

He already controls the opium trade

all across Asia.

May no one prosper but Ying Ko?

My poppy fields are tiny.

Nothing compared to his.

I, Li Peng, at least I'm entitled

to my little piece.

Ying Ko, if you kill me, I promise...

my brothers will come for you.

And I promise you...

I'll bury them beside you.

Kill him.

Let me go. I only wish to leave.

I'll cut his throat.

Your men are not marksmen enough

to shoot around him.

You're right.

You're right.

Wu, you are a wonderful friend.

- Like a father to me.

- Thank you, Ying Ko.

Shoot through him.

Where are you taking me?

A Tulku wishes to see you at his temple.

A holy man wants to see me?

- You call that a temple?

- No.


Where did that come from?

The clouded mind sees nothing.

- Who are you?

- I am your teacher.

Do you have any idea

who you just kidnapped?


Lamont Cranston.

You know my real name?


I also know that for as long

as you can remember...

you struggled against your own

black heart and always lost.

You watched your spirit,

your very face, change...

as the beast claws its way out

from within you.

You are in great pain, aren't you?

You know what evil lurks

in the hearts of men...

for you have seen

that evil in your heart.

Every man pays the price for redemption.

This is yours.

- I'm not looking for redemption.

- You have no choice.

You will be redeemed...

because I will teach you to use

your black shadow to fight evil.

I wouldn't do that.


Am I in hell?

Not yet.

Get him, Johnny.


- Let's get this over with.

- Get out.

- No!

- Come on!

- Please, I didn't see anything.

- Quit your whining.

- Is it dry?

- Please.

- Perfect, Duke.

- Bring him to the rail.

I won't tell anyone. I swear.


I wish I could trust you, sport.

I really do.

I guess you just picked the wrong alley

to look down.

- I have a family.

- They'll get over it.

I won't talk. I'm telling you.

I know you won't.

Dump him.

- No. No!

- I hate heavy lifting.


- What in Christ was that?

- Who's there?

Show yourself.

- You murdered a policeman, Duke.

- Who said that?

Duke, who said that?

- Shut up!

- The weed of crime bears bitter fruit.

I don't like this. This stinks.

Let's get the hell outta here!

- Shut your hole, Maxie!

- Did you think you'd get away with it?

Come on, Duke!

Did you think I wouldn't know?

Duke, I think you got him.

You're damn right I...

You committed murder, Duke.

- Now you're going to confess to it.

- Like hell I will.

You will, because if you

don't, I'll be there.

I'll be there, around every corner...

in every empty room, as inevitable as

your guilty conscience.

You don't scare me, you son of a...

You will go to the eighth precinct house

on Second Avenue...

and surrender yourself,

and you will do it now.

I confess! I'll do it!

Oh, my God!

Oh, my God!

I'll confess! For God's sake,

I don't wanna die.


No! No!


Thank you.

You are probably busy.

You can just drop me off anywhere...

You're Dr. Roy Tam, a professor

in the Science Department at N.Y.U.

- Yes.

- I've saved your life, Roy Tam.

- It now belongs to me.

- It does?

You'll become one of my agents...

like dozens of others

all over the world.

Could I ask my wife about this?


Mr. Shrevnitz here will instruct you...

in the way in which I will contact you

should I require your help.

When you hear one of my agents say,

"The sun is shining"...

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Walter B. Gibson

Walter Brown Gibson (September 12, 1897 – December 6, 1985) was an American author and professional magician, best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow. Gibson, under the pen-name Maxwell Grant, wrote "more than 300 novel-length" Shadow stories, writing up to "10,000 words a day" to satisfy public demand during the character's golden age in the 1930s and 1940s. He authored several novels in the Biff Brewster juvenile series of the 1960s. He was married to Litzka R. Gibson, also a writer, and the couple lived in New York state. more…

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