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The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

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Many years after the first film, the spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for the murder of his son.



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Some time ago, Ashe Corven and his son Danny were killed when they stumbled across a pack of drug dealers murdering a fellow dealer. The dealers work for Los Angeles drug kingpin Judah Earl. Local tattoo artist Sarah, who has great knowledge of the crow legend because of what happened with her late friend Eric Draven, has been having dreams about Ashe and Danny. One night when a crow leads her to the scene of the murders of Ashe and Danny, Ashe appears before her. The crow has resurrected Ashe, so Ashe can go after Judah and his right hand man Curve. With the guidance of the crow, Ashe starts killing off Judah's men one by one, on his way to Judah. Written by Todd Baldridge

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In a world where the forces of darkness rule, justice is about to take flight. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, drug content, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Crow 2  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,785,111 (USA) (30 August 1996)


$17,883,659 (USA) (29 November 1996)

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While working on the film, David S. Goyer was also writing the script for Dark City (1998), which was directed by The Crow (1994)'s director Alex Proyas. See more »


When Ashe gets on his bike to chase after Curve, a crewmember is visible squatting down behind Ashe's bike See more »


Ashe Corven: You killed my son, Nemo! You took away the only piece of light left in my soul.
Nemo: We had to. We had to! It wasn't our fault! Was Judah's orders. Never leave any witnesses. We didn't have a choice!
Ashe Corven: You always have a choice!
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Performed by Seven Mary Three
Produced by Jason Ross (as J. Ross) / Jason Pollock (as J. Pollock) / Tom Morris
Written by Jason Ross and Jason Pollock
Published by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Seven Mary Three Music (BMI)
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording (Tampa)
Engineered by Tom Morris
Assistant Engineer Brian Benscoter
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underrated on all fronts
30 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

this is a surprisingly great movie. in fact, i'd say the crow trilogy is one of the best in the horror/dark action/supernatural genre. all the films are different enough to establish their own personality, but still similar enough in that they follow the exploits of a wronged man trying seeking vengeance. this film does what a sequel should do. while you can't continue the exploits of the eric draven, it brings back sarah from the first movie and continues the story of the crow granting a victim a chance to make things right. the only problem is it suffered from having to follow the legacy of the 1st crow movie. i thoroughly enjoyed the first crow movie, but i must say this is better in just about every aspect. it is shot so much better. in the first one, they try to make the film dark by washing out all the colors. this one achieves to be more twisted and sinister just by using darker hues and washing out most of the bright colors. it also has a deeper sense of foreboding and impending doom, and makes it villains darker and more mysterious by adding a slight touch of mysticism and perversion. vincent perez is fantastic as the crow, playing a more vulnerable ashe to lee's draven. he provides a more frustrated and frantic feel to his vengeance. he also adds more desperation, remembering his final moments when dispatching his enemies. mia kirshner is excellent as sarah and plays the role with just enough emotion to purvey her pain suffering but also an understanding of the crow mythos. the script is better written, making the film darker without resorting to stripping the film of color. the villains are made more sadistic and the crime to spark the crow more tragic. there is also a tighter feel between the characters by having it take place in what appears to be a pretty empty city except for during the climax. i dont want to ruin it, but the setting within the setting helps the story move along so much better to. tim pope does a superb job directing, adding an extra bit of flair to all the visuals from scene to scene while still the more gothic, medieval feel of the film. the soundtrack is also so much better. it isn't as all over the place as the first and maintains the intended feel of the movie with all of its tracks. it is also masterfully peppered throughout the movie, picking just the right song at just the right moment to add the little extra bit of feeling that help completes the scene. this film has just about all the ingredients of an underrated classic. my advice to you is to go out and rent this movie, but when you watch it forget about the legacy surrounding the crow and just try to enjoy it.

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