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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

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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Taglines:

Darker than the bat. See more »

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:

El Cuervo 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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Dolby | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 58 mins) T-Bird's final words are from Book IV of John Milton's "Paradise Lost". When Lucifer is found in Paradise by two Cherubs, he rebukes them for not recognizing him. They rebuke right back saying that his appearance has changed from being in Hell. "So spake the Cherub, and his grave rebuke. Severe in youthful beauty, added grace. Invincible: abash the Devil stood, and felt how awful goodness is, and saw virtue in her shape, how lovely. Saw and pin'd his loss, but chiefly to find here observed his lustre visibly impaired, yet seemed" See more »

Goofs

In the flashback showing how Eric died he's stabbed as soon as he walks in the door, then shot twice (we hear 2 gunshots), and finally thrown backward through a window. As he's putting on his makeup the lightning flashes and 5 bullet wounds can be seen in his back, but moments later when he puts on his shirt there are only 3 holes in his back. When he turns around in addition to the stab wound on the right side of his abdomen there are various other cuts and wounds on his left side. Since he went through the window backward and landed on broken glass the cuts should be on and all over his back (there are none) not on his abdomen (where there are several.) See more »

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[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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Sasquatch Gang (2006) 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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The best comic book to film translation.
27 June 2001 | by the_gray_reviewerSee all my reviews

The Crow is an excellent tragic film made even more tragic by the real life tragedies surrounding the film (Brandon Lee's death during filming, and the fact that the story is a result of James O'Barr's personal loss of his fiancée). Based on a very dark comic book, the film has the same dark feel. The movie does deviate from the comic book in some points, but in general is fairly faithful. If you can get it, I would recommend the DVD Collector's set with the 2 DVD version of The Crow (just to see the interview with James O'Barr is worth the price).

The story is a basically about revenge from beyond the grave, and how true love is forever. The movie has a good (but fairly basic) plot, excellent action sequences, and very good casting. Brandon Lee gives a good performance (not excellent, but good), as does Ernie Hudson. The supporting villains are excellent in their villainy, and you do feel better when they get it in the end. But the real star of this film is the mood and the feel. It feels gritty, bleak, and depressing, but surprisingly uplifting at the end. Alex Proyas did an excellent job of transferring this feeling from the book onto celluloid. All in all, one of the best comic book to film translations I have ever seen.

You do not have to be familiar with the comic book to thoroughly enjoy this film (like you do with some other comic book adaptations).

Rating : 4.5 out of 5


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