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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eric
Rochelle Davis ... Sarah
... Albrecht
... Top Dollar
... Myca
... Shelly
... Darla (as Anna Thomson)
... T-Bird
... Skank
... Tin Tin
... Funboy
... Grange
... Gideon
... Mickey
... Torres
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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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In a world without justice, one man was chosen to protect the innocent. See more »

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Action | Drama | Fantasy

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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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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

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El Cuervo  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,693,162

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,000,000
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Against popular belief, the Skull Cowboy plot thread was let go from production before Brandon Lee passed away and a new cut of the film was needed for its completion. Everyone on set had thought the costume and look of the character clashed with the rest of the film, and so all of his scenes were cut. But before any of the older scenes that the Skull Cowboy thread influenced could be replaced, Brandon did pass away. This is why the completed movies explanation of Eric's powers seem disjointed, with a scene of the crow companion being shot, while not being killed, somehow only affecting Eric's healing powers, but not his mind transferring powers. In their full context, the partially edited scenes explained the permissions of the fundamental powers of the main character in a different light. Instead of Eric's powers being dependent on the health of his companion crow, his powers would have only been granted to him as long as he focused on seeking revenge against his immediate killers. Presumably, the Skull Cowboy was someone who was in a similar position to Eric's at some point in time who did not stick to only seeking revenge, and was damned to walk the Earth for all of eternity when he failed (whether failing to obtain revenge or failing to return to his grave after obtaining said revenge is unknown). This would have explained Eric's vulnerabilities in the final church fight, as his killers were already disposed of and he was taking up action for something not related to his murder. See more »

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Children's flashlights on Lee's face. See more »

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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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Referenced in Don (2006) See more »

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The Badge
Performed and Produced by Pantera
Courtesy of EastWest Records America
Written by Tom Roberts and Jerry Lang
©1986 Richie Dagger Music (BMI)
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An absolutely beautiful film that everyone should see at least once.

This film is so amazing, I can't remember how many times I've seen it. You don't have to be interested in a particular genre of film to watch it, because there is something for everyone in this film. Romance, action, gory bits, humour, drama- you name it, The Crow has it. The tragic circumstances surrounding this film and Brandon Lee also add to it's allure.

Basically, it's about a rock star named Eric Draven, his fiancée Shelley Webster and the little girl they take care of, Sarah. When a ruthless gang of thugs viciously murder both Eric and Shelley on the night before their wedding, Eric comes back from the grave to avenge his fiancée's death by going after each member of the gang that killed her, and to say a final goodbye to Sarah.

An extremely moving film that I would recommend to anyone who has a heart.


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