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The Raven (2012)

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When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

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James McTeigue
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Edgar Allan Poe
Luke Evans ... Detective Fields
Alice Eve ... Emily Hamilton
Brendan Gleeson ... Capt. Charles Hamilton
Kevin McNally ... Maddux (as Kevin R. McNally)
Oliver Jackson-Cohen ... John Cantrell
Jimmy Yuill ... Captain Eldridge
Sam Hazeldine ... Ivan
Pam Ferris ... Mrs. Bradley
Brendan Coyle ... Reagan
Adrian Rawlins ... Doc Clements
Aidan Feore ... Stage Manager
Dave Legeno ... Percy
Michael Cronin Michael Cronin ... Old Gentleman
Michael Poole Michael Poole ... Professor
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Storyline

This movie is set in the mid 1800s and involves poet Edgar Allan Poe. A serial killer is on the loose and murdering people using Poe's descriptions from his published stories and poems. Poe teams up with Detective Fields, a Baltimore policeman to try and catch the killer by using his knowledge of the descriptions. Even though the stories are fictional, they start to become reality and the killer is a step ahead of them. Then it takes on a personal note as Poe's lover becomes a target. Will they stop the killer in time? Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and grisly images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Spain | Hungary | Serbia

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuervo See more »

Filming Locations:

Novi Sad, Serbia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,289,642, 29 April 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,008,272, 24 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,485,095, 24 July 2012
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Dolby | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Edgar Allan Poe only made $9 for his poem "The Raven". See more »

Goofs

Poe didn't actually own a racoon as a pet. In real life, though, he had a fondness for cats - clearly some good in the man. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Breathless Tenement Man: It's the fourth floor.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movie Review: The Raven (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Burn My Shadow
Written by Ian Astbury, Richard File, Chris Goss and James Lavelle
Performed by Unkle featuring Ian Astbury
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Beautiful, Brilliant, But Miscast
16 February 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack), a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

The idea of setting a murder mystery in Baltimore at the time of Poe, with Poe as a character and with his stories as the inspiration seems genius on the face of it. Indeed, he is a great character in a great time and his stories are a great inspiration for murder (as we have seen in the many film adaptations that were inspired by his work). It does seem a bit weird to put a real man in a fictional story, but if we can have "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter", I guess it is okay.

If you have an issue with it, I understand your sense of accuracy and need for historical continuity. It might have made more sense to put the story after the time of Poe (say, the 1850s) and had the killer be inspired, with a detective who knows the tales well. Or have Poe trying to solve another murder, perhaps one that even happened. You know, like Mary Cecilia Rogers, the "beautiful cigar girl".

Some people had an issue with John Cusack's Edgar Allen Poe. I feel their pain. Although I loved Cusack's delivery of the lines, I never felt like he looked the part. He looked too much like himself. Ideally, they should have cast Jeffrey Combs. Combs not only looked spot on as Poe in "Black Cat", he did a one-man stage show. Combs eats, sleeps and breathes Poe. And, as an added bonus, he probably costs less than Cusack.

Luke Evans was great and stole the show with his incessant intensity. Every line was dramatic, and it worked. Evans kept the film alive for me, as did the beautiful scenery and cinematography. Whatever was lost with Cusack was gained with the coloration and lighting. Great, great work. I could have used less CGI blood, though.


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