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The Crow (1994)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Fantasy  |  13 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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Darla (as Anna Thomson)
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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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In a world without justice, one man was chosen to protect the innocent. See more »


Action | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Cuervo  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,239,493 (UK) (17 June 1994)


£2,540,924 (UK) (15 July 1994)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The following scenes were completed after Brandon Lee's death:
  • Draven first enters the apartment after digging himself out of his grave: footage of Lee walking through an alley in the rain was digitally composited into the scene where he walks through the doorway. Computer technology added drops of water to the door frame to make the water on his back not seem out of place.

  • The shot of Draven falling from the window was made by digitally compositing Lee's face (complete with simulated blood) onto a body double.

  • The scene where Draven puts on his make-up was filmed using a double. The face in the smashed mirror was Lee's, computer-altered to fit the shards. The image of Draven walking towards the window with the crow on his shoulder was a double with Lee's face added during lightning flashes.

  • When Sarah visits the apartment, we never see Draven's face as it is a double.

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Police car #48 is damaged when it collides with Skank's car, but appears soon after undamaged. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

For Brandon and Eliza See more »


Referenced in The Venture Bros.: A Very Venture Halloween (2012) See more »


Written by Graeme Revell and Jane Siberry
Performed by Jane Siberry
Courtesy of Reprise Records
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User Reviews

There must be an angel ...
23 August 1999 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I approached this film after reading the hype and controversy surrounding its making and release, not really expecting very much. Surprised to find it an intelligent, beautifully-filmed, engrossing and touching thriller. I'd recommend it to anyone who has a fondness for weird gothic mythological stories. I didn't find the horror aspect overdone - in fact it was believable, and the script was superior to other films of this genre I've seen. As for Brandon Lee, this really was a superb performance and it is a terrible tragedy that his life ended so abruptly. This film is a fitting memorial to what could have become a major star.

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