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The Raven (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  27 April 2012 (USA)
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When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Charles Hamilton
Maddux (as Kevin R. McNally)
John Cantrell
Jimmy Yuill ...
Captain Eldridge
Mrs. Bradley
Doc Clements
Stage Manager
Michael Cronin ...
Old Gentleman
Michael Poole ...


This movie is set in the mid 1800s and involves poet Edgar Allan Poe. A serial killer is on the loose and murdering people using Poe's descriptions from his published stories and poems. Poe teams up with Detective Fields, a Baltimore policeman to try and catch the killer by using his knowledge of the descriptions. Even though the stories are fictional, they start to become reality and the killer is a step ahead of them. Then it takes on a personal note as Poe's lover becomes a target. Will they stop the killer in time? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him.

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Rated R for bloody violence and grisly images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cuervo  »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,289,642 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$16,005,978 (USA) (6 July 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Some of the scenes were shot in Elementary School "Svetozar Miletic" in Zemun. Part of the money which school got from the filming was used to rebuild the attic that was used during filming. See more »


Numerous times in the movie, Poe refers to him as Edgar Allan Poe, but in fact he didn't like being called Edgar Allan Poe and called himself E.A. Poe or Edgar A. Poe. See more »


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User Reviews

Nice Cinematography with a Boring Story and Unpleasant Characters
8 September 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1849, in Baltimore, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack) is a penniless writer with drinking problem that writes reviews in the Baltimore Patriot. Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve) and he are in love but her father Captain Charles Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson) despises him.

When a mother and her twelve year-old daughter are mysteriously murdered in a locked room, the efficient Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) finds a hidden spring in a window nailed shut that opens the window and he recalls an Allen Poe story. Then the writer Griswold (John Warnaby) that has criticized the stories of Poe is murdered in the same way of another gory story.

They find a scarlet mask in Griswold and Poe recalls another tale about another murder in a ball. Fields believes that the killer has inspired in Edgar Alen Poe's stories to commit his crimes and that Emily is in danger. Captain Hamilton does not call off the party and the criminal creates a diversion to kidnap Emily. Now Poe must participate in a game following the killer's instruction.

"The Raven" is a movie with a nice cinematography, but also with a boring story and unpleasant characters. The film is directed with heavy hand by James McTeigue that makes a movie without witty situations like, for example, in Sherlock Holmes films. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Corvo" ("The Raven")

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