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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.

Director:

Alex Proyas

Writers:

James O'Barr (comic book series and comic strip), David J. Schow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 Thomson ... Darla
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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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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Although the tone of the film is very similar to the comic, there were many changes. In the comics, Top Dollar is a member of T-Bird's gang as opposed to heading up crime in the city. Myca and Grange were also not present in the comic and there was never any mention about the crow being a power source. Also in the comic, Skank was not involved in the murders of Eric and Shelly, instead a character named Tom-Tom was. Sarah also served a minor role, first meeting Eric after his death and Albrecht as he appears in the movie is a combination of a street officer named Albrecht in the comics and Police Captain Hook. Another major change is Eric is a mechanic in the comic and his last name was never mentioned. He was changed to a musician as an homage to all the music references James O'Barr had in the comic. In the comic, the murders are actually a twist of bad luck with T-Bird's gang while high on drugs ambushing Eric and Shelly when their car breaks down. And in the comic, Eric is actually the one who lasts for thirty hours of intensive care with most of the events implied as possibly being a revenge fantasy as he lies in a coma. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 14 mins) Draven gets shot by hundreds of bullets after he confronts Top Dollar but his clothes remain intact. 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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Alternate Versions

A scene was cut from the film version in which Skank was shot in the leg by someone robbing the liquor store from which he was ordered to get smokes and road beers. This scene was supposed to show that crime is indiscriminant and even happens to criminals. This is why Skank is limping when he runs after T-Bird's car. See more »


Soundtracks

Burn
Performed by The Cure
Courtesy of Fiction Records Ltd. (worldwide), Elektra Entertainment (in U.S. and Canada), Warner Music (Australia and New Zealand) and Polydor Records (all other territories)
Written by Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Perry Bamonte
Produced by Robert Smith and Bryan 'Chuck' New
©1993 Fiction Songs Ltd. (ASCAP)
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"Suddenly I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping...at my chamber door"
5 November 2001 | by uds3See 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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,774,332, 15 May 1994

Gross USA:

$50,693,129

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,693,129
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1.85 : 1
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