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The Crow (1994)

 -  Action | Fantasy  -  11 May 1994 (USA)
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A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée's murder.

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A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante's invincibility. Written by Don Hoffman

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crow | death | the crow | halloween | revenge | See more »

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Believe in angels. See more »

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Action | Fantasy

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Rated R for a great amount of strong violence and language, and for drug use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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11 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,239,493 (UK) (17 June 1994)

Gross:

£2,540,924 (UK) (15 July 1994)
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James O'Barr constantly listened to the songs of Joy Division and The Cure while shaping and creating the graphic novel this film is based on. He was delighted when Robert Smith of "The Cure" agreed to write an original song for the movie. Although a hugely popular song, introducing legions of new fans to "The Cure", they've only performed "Burn" live once, nineteen years after the film's release (even though it was often requested). When a fan asked if they'd play the song at a concert, bassist Simon Gallup replied, "Did we do that one for a soundtrack? I don't remember it." See more »

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After Eric disposes of Funboy he grabs hold of Darla in order to help her see the error of her ways. At one point he holds her, arm extended, and tells her "Morphine is bad for you," whereupon the vein opens and a white fluid drains out. The problem here is that all injectable, liquid oral, and intravenous morphine preparations are a clear light blue in color for safety and identification concerns. The only IV or injectable pharmaceutical that appears milky-white, such as that in the film, is Propofol, an intravenous anesthetic. See more »

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Sarah: [voiceover] People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.
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TIME BABY III
Written by James Goodall (as Jim Goodall), Brad Laner, James Putnam (as Jim Putnam),
Ed Ruscha and Beth Thompson
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Courtesy of American Recordings
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The best comic book to film translation.
27 June 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Crow is an excellent tragic film made even more tragic by the real life tragedies surrounding the film (Brandon Lee's death during filming, and the fact that the story is a result of James O'Barr's personal loss of his fiancée). Based on a very dark comic book, the film has the same dark feel. The movie does deviate from the comic book in some points, but in general is fairly faithful. If you can get it, I would recommend the DVD Collector's set with the 2 DVD version of The Crow (just to see the interview with James O'Barr is worth the price).

The story is a basically about revenge from beyond the grave, and how true love is forever. The movie has a good (but fairly basic) plot, excellent action sequences, and very good casting. Brandon Lee gives a good performance (not excellent, but good), as does Ernie Hudson. The supporting villains are excellent in their villainy, and you do feel better when they get it in the end. But the real star of this film is the mood and the feel. It feels gritty, bleak, and depressing, but surprisingly uplifting at the end. Alex Proyas did an excellent job of transferring this feeling from the book onto celluloid. All in all, one of the best comic book to film translations I have ever seen.

You do not have to be familiar with the comic book to thoroughly enjoy this film (like you do with some other comic book adaptations).

Rating : 4.5 out of 5


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