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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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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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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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There were several accidents that befell the production crew, leading to a widespread belief that the film was cursed. A carpenter suffered serious burns on his upper body during the first day of filming; a manual worker had a screwdriver get embedded in his hand; an equipment truck burst into flames; a stuntman broke several ribs after falling through a roof; a rigger was horribly electrocuted; a disgruntled set sculptor went beserk and drove his car through the props room destroying it; and a hurricane destroyed several of the sets. See more »


When Sarah takes the first sip of her drink at Maxi's, it sounds empty. 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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Written by Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie
Performed by Violent Femmes
Courtesy of Slash Records
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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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