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The Crow (1994)

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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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Alex Proyas

Writers:

James O'Barr (comic book series and comic strip), David J. Schow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brandon Lee ... Eric
Rochelle Davis Rochelle Davis ... Sarah
Ernie Hudson ... Albrecht
Michael Wincott ... Top Dollar
Bai Ling ... Myca
Sofia Shinas ... Shelly
Anna Levine ... Darla (as Anna Thomson)
David Patrick Kelly ... T-Bird
Angel David ... Skank
Laurence Mason ... Tin Tin
Michael Massee ... Funboy
Tony Todd ... Grange
Jon Polito ... Gideon
Bill Raymond ... Mickey
Marco Rodríguez ... Torres
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Drama | Fantasy

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crow See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,693,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,000,000
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Runtime:

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Dolby | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Set in Detroit (evidenced by references to "Devil's Night" (the traditional arson and vandalism "holiday") and "motor city"). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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For Brandon and Eliza See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains exactly the following material:
  • An extended bombing scene where the gang ties the bomb and harasses the cashier, tying her up. All the while Eric is rising from the grave all stunned and confused. He comes across the Arcade just as it blows up and, as the cashier gives her last to crawl out, he catches her and accidentally sees her memories of the attack. He then goes on just like in the released version.
  • An extended scene with Eric in Funboy's dept. right after he did his mojo on Darla, who goes away hurried and freaked, Eric is stabbed by Funboy and realizes he bleeds, just as he gets hit some more before countering. He says some lines and then kills Funboy. This explains the tape on his torso and hands.
  • Extended Top Dollar's office shootout scene. Eric arrives to the place and both say a few more lines, then, after that, the shootout begins. The scene is basically the same, only having a few (noticeable by the immediate quality change) longer shots, and being much, much, gorier.
  • Unused footage montage, showing halloween boys running in slow-mo for a minute, very brief unused or alternate shots of some characters, a shot of eric lying over T-Bird's car's roof, and (without the corresponging dialogue) the scene of the Skull Cowboy standing in front of Eric as he rises, and reaching his arm out for the crow to fly to eric.
  • Storyboards. They are from some scenes, but contain (with no division so watch out) all of the Skull Cowboy's scenes. The SC standing at his grave. The SC standing in fron of the loft's window with Eric running berserker at him and, as he misses, jumps out the window and grabs the ledge to come back in as in the movie, to find he is gone. The SC coming to Eric, after saving Darla, as he plays the guitar on the roof telling him that he cannot assist the living or he'll bleed. And the SC standing in the church steps telling Eric to go back to the grave since he already killed his enemies and it is forbidden to assist the living (Sarah), as he denies, he says "choose and be damned", and desintegrates in a whirlwind of dust, but stripping Eric of his powers and warning him his chance to meet Shelly may be at jeopardy, thus explaining his vulnerability.
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Connections

Spin-off The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Color Me Once
Performed and Produced by Violent Femmes
Courtesy of Slash Records
Written by Gordon Gano and Brian Ritchie
©1993 Gorno Music (ASCAP)/Humidor (BMI)
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One Amazing Film, With A Mezmerizing Performance From Brandon Lee!
11 February 2005 | by callanvassSee all my reviews

This is one amazing film, with a mesmerizing performance from Brandon Lee!. It's visually appealing, extremely well made, with amazing performances all around!. Loved the score, too, it fit with the film well, and there's plenty of action to go around as well. Michael Wincott is, very menacing as the main villain, and was perfect for the part. The flashbacks were very cool, however i wished, i could see more of Shelley's character. The Directiing is outstanding!. Alex Proyas does an outstanding job here, creating lots of, dark atmosphere, great use of the rain machine,cool visuals, and keeping the pace,action packed, and engrossing all the way!. The film is very violent, but not all of it is bloody. We get several knives in the chest, knife in the hand, lots of gunshot wounds, some bloody, some not, hole through hand, 2 slashings, slit throat,2 bloody impallings, sword in the neck and a crow pecks a girls eyes out. The Acting is WONDERFUL!. Brandon Lee, gives an Oscar worthy performance here, he is completely mesmerizing, creepy,kicks that ass and, just thought he was too cool, his AMAZING AMAZING performance here, will always be remembered, what happened too him was a tragedy, and i for one will never forget him!. Rochelle Davis is awesome here, and is very likable,her and Brandon, had very good chemistry and is one of the best kid actors out there!, especially since she hasn't acted since then!. Ernie Hudson, is terrific as the Sgt., very likable, and very convincing. Michael Wincott, is great as the main villain, i loved his voice, and he was very menacing!. Sofia Shinas, is very good as Shelley, however, she didn't have much screen time, but was great when on screen. Overall a MUST SEE at all costs!. ***** out of 5


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