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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


Joaquin Phoenix was at one point in negotiations to star in the project together with Jeremy Renner. Phoenix would have played Poe to Renner's police inspector Fields, but the deal fell through when Renner decided to do Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). See more »


Ivan, the typesetter, tells Poe that he is the writer's biggest fan. The word "fan" (short for "fanatic") would not be used in this sense until the late 1880s. See more »


[first lines]
Breathless Tenement Man: It's the fourth floor.
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Referenced in South Park: A Nightmare on Facetime (2012) See more »


Nocturne, es-dur, OP.9
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Lucas Vidal
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User Reviews

Absolutely Brilliant!!
28 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Do not listen to the negative reviews because this movie is brilliant. I think the main problem is that people maybe went into this movie expecting a horror movie.

The portrayal of Poe is absolutely fantastic, John Cusack did a fantastic job he is a great actor and this one has to be my favourite role that he has played.

The movie has a great pace to it. Your at the edge of your seat the entire time, the thing is though if you haven't read any Edger Allan Poe stories you might have a hard time understanding it, but it doesn't matter weather you have read them or not because the movie is absolutely brilliant. It has its intense moments but honestly you can't take your eyes off the screen it keeps you guessing whats going to happen next.

Don't listen to the negative reviews, this movie is a must-see.

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