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The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

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The spirit of the Crow resurrects another man seeking revenge for the murder of his son.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ashe Corven / The Crow
... Sarah
... Judah Earl
... Curve
... Nemo
... Spider Monkey
... Kali
Eric Acosta ... Danny
Ian Dury ... Noah
... Sybil
... Grace
Aaron Thell Smith ... Tattoo Customer
Alan Gelfant ... Bassett
... Hindu
Holley Chant ... Holly Daze
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Some time ago, Ashe Corven and his son Danny were killed when they stumbled across a pack of drug dealers murdering a fellow dealer. The dealers work for Los Angeles drug kingpin Judah Earl. Local tattoo artist Sarah, who has great knowledge of the crow legend because of what happened with her late friend Eric Draven, has been having dreams about Ashe and Danny. One night when a crow leads her to the scene of the murders of Ashe and Danny, Ashe appears before her. The crow has resurrected Ashe, so Ashe can go after Judah and his right hand man Curve. With the guidance of the crow, Ashe starts killing off Judah's men one by one, on his way to Judah. Written by Todd Baldridge

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In a world where the forces of darkness rule, justice is about to take flight. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, drug content, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official site | Pressman Films

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30 August 1996 (USA)  »

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The Crow 2  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,785,111, 1 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,883,659, 1 December 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Originally, the main character's name was going to be "Michael Corvin" See more »

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(at around 1h 4 mins) The piece of metal from the motorcycle that pierces Curves stomach disappears in the water when the flower crow is made. See more »

Quotes

Curve: I got bad news. Someone torched the lab in Manchester. Spider Monkey's a fucking crispy critter.
Judah: Monkey I couldn't care less about. What about our merchandise?
Curve: Total loss.
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Referenced in The Nostalgia Chick: City of Angels (2011) See more »

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I Wanna Be Your Dog
Performed by Iggy Pop
Produced by Thom Wilson and Iggy Pop
Written by Iggy Pop (as J. Osterberg), David Alexander (as D. Alexander),
Ron Asheton (as R. Asheton), Scott Asheton (as S. Asheton)
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. & Stooge Staffel Music (BMI)
(all rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.)
Recorded at the Rock For Choice Benefit Concert, Hollywood Palladium, December 8th, 1995
Iggy Pop appears courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
P1995 Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Though Hated by Fans, This Film is a Compelling and Unique Take on the Crow Legend
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The first Crow film was a brilliant and Gothic re-visioning of a graphic Novel. Eric Draven was played by Brandon Lee who notoriously died during the making of the film. But even though he died, his work as the main protagonist was very memorable and chilling, and yet sympathetic and beautiful. It would be hard to top something like his performance. This sequel to THE CROW, entitled THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS, takes place in a warped version of L.A. Death and filth litter the streets and the whole city is cast in an ugly and disturbing color of grotesque characters and dust. The lighting to this film is ugly and dark, not unlike CITY OF LOST CHILDREN or NOSFORATU, only more natural feeling. The main character of this film automatically achieves a more personal edge to why he would murder thugs because instead of his girlfriend being raped and murdered like in the first one, this time it is his son. So the loss of an innocent soul feels more justified by murder of the people who did it. Ashe is pulled out from a watery grave as a walking corpse sent to avenge his son. Unfortunitely there is indeed more to this than what seemed possible because the drug lord Judah has a connection to voodoo powers that could possibly disarm Ashe in his fight to avenge his own flesh and blood. Judah has connections to other worldly forces via a blind woman who he has used to gain power of the city. This film employs negative energy very well and the films setting feels lifeless. This way, the film allows us to feel more sorry for the people who live in it by giving us no limits of which the depravity can go. The musical score, while it is true it is not as effective as the first one, casts just the right amount of a somber spirit and hopelessness. This film is excessively gross and violent but doesn't become a distraction since the whole city is full of gross and violent tone. Fans of the Crow hated this film and I can see why. But I felt that this film's lifelessness worked well due to the constant feeling of depression and hate. Vincent Perez plays Ashe with the perfect amount of sympathy and the viewer can feel sorry for him. However, we cannot be scared of him because all of the barely human characters that surround him and much more frightening. When he kills his prey, we are delighted and happy that he got his revenge. The first film was a good combination of extremely violent content and gore mixed with morals and feeling. Nobody in this film has much emotion and feeling except for Ashe, who truly has more than enough. He is shown as a victim and continues to be a victim throughout because the city is so full of them. He cannot gain anything and he is understandably sad. When it comes right down to it, its hard to really compare the two films because the first film is so perfect and so beautiful and the second film, when compared to the first, feels so flawed and ugly. It is really all up to the viewer to decide. I thought this sequel was great and would gladly watch it again. I'd say anyone interested in the set design process of film making should definitely watch this along with the first film.


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