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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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Real love is forever. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 42 mins) The line, "Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children," spoken by Eric as he drains the morphine from Darla's arm, is a quote from William Makepeace Thackeray. 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 »

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

The collector's edition DVD set contains several scenes extended from their theatrical counterparts. Among them are:
  • The fight with Funboy, including Draven becoming wounded.
  • The arcade demolition scene includes footage of the gang harassing and tying up the arcade clerk. She watches as the bomb's timer ticks down. Draven encounters the dying, burnt woman after the explosion and accidentally takes in her memory of the attack.
  • In the extended version of the arcade demolition, one of the gang members mentions the Detroit River. Although the film takes place in Detroit, no mention of the city is in the final cut of the film (except for a reference to 'Motor City')
  • The shootout in Top Dollar's penthouse contains a bit of additional dialogue and more explicit bloodshed.
  • The deleted footage montage contains a brief scene featuring the Skull Cowboy. It also contains some additional dialogue in the opening scene, and a scene where trick or treaters are passing by.
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Referenced in Halloween Season (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghostrider
Performed by Rollins Band
Courtesy of The Imago Recording Company
Written by Martin Rev and Alan Vega
Produced by Theo Van Rock
©1977 Revega Music Co./Stanphyl Music (ASCAP)
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the best Gothic comic book movie ever made
4 February 2005 | by Sean68See all my reviews

This movie is fantastic. plain and simple. Brandon Lee delivers his lines to the point they were instantly memorable after seeing the film only once. The casting of both Michael Wincott and Tony Todd was inspired as these two guys have two of the most instantly recognisable voices in the movie industry. If i could ever be a movie or a lead in a film this would be it. I was initially put off the idea of the movie as i am a big fan of the graphic novel and there was an awful lot of hype around this film on its release. this proved to be my loss as i have only seen the film on the small screen. however i now have the 2 disc special edition DVD and watched it 3 times in succession the day i bought it and must have watched it at least 100 times since. my own personal opinion is that a movie should suspend disbelief, capture the imagination which this does in spades. it is truly a film that you can lose a couple of hours watching and at the end feel like you have spent a worthwhile couple of hours. would recommend this to anybody.


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