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The Crow (1994)

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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Darker than the bat. See more »

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Action | Drama | 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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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,239,493 (UK) (17 June 1994)

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$50,693,162 (USA)
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Paramount Pictures initially developed and financed this film, but after Brandon Lee's tragic death (which caused production to shut down with an incomplete film) they wrote the project off. Entertainment Media Investment Corporation was created for the purpose of buying the film and completing it using then ground-breaking CGI special effects and body doubles for Lee's scenes. See more »

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Throughout the movie the neon lights under T-Bird's car are green but when Eric is in the back seat of the car forcing him to drive the lights are clearly yellow. 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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THE BADGE
Written by Tom Roberts and Jerry Lang
Performed by Pantera
Courtesy of EastWest Records America
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"Suddenly I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping...at my chamber door"
5 November 2001 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

THE CROW, like 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY separates those who see from those who do not! (who CANNOT). Alex Proyas will never achieve anything close to this masterpiece again and if Brandon Lee HAD to die, then there could never have been a better time and place (do not misinterpret my words or meaning here). Personally, I shall for ever be indebted to him for what he has left...a performance in a film that challenges, implores, conjures, paints. A surreal landscape of good and evil in almost equal proportions.

I am no Goth, have never read the original comic strip, nor do I wish to. I simply regret watching the unspeakably pathetic and inappropriate sequels...do not make the same mistake!

For all its grotesque violence, seediness and Gothic degeneracy, THE CROW is a pure love story, so pure, that even immersed within the blackest of adult fairy-tales its power cannot be dampened or lessened. Eric Draven's spiritual pursuit of those who murdered his beautiful girlfriend is less of a revenge story and more a reminder that karma balances out in the end.

Perhaps the best performance, other than that of the crow itself, is from Michael Wincott, a very underrated actor, as the incarnately evil gang leader. It is the role of a lifetime for him.

If I were in a position that I could see only two films again for the rest of my life, they would be 2001 and THE CROW. At no stage would I ever subsequently be able to say that I had seen EVERYTHING that either had to offer.


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