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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.

Director:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Cusack incorrectly quotes 'The Raven' when performing the poem in public. He says, "The lamplight o'er him steaming," whereas the lamplight is "streaming" in the published poem. 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

Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Five-Year Engagement (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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Unfortunately Over Acted & Boring
28 April 2012 | by vlevensonnd-1See all my reviews

I have a great appreciation of Poe, and I have a great appreciation of Cusack. What the he__ went wrong with this movie? From the very first statement that showed on the screen that he was found dead on park bench, I thought, "What???" Poe was found face down in a gutter in front of Ryan's Saloon and died three days later of what was suspected of alcoholism, with a remote possibility of complications of diabetes, or even rabies, however, shortly before his death, it was reported that he was behaving in a manner consistent with mild epilepsy, or of his bipolar disorder. OK, Oh well, it's Hollywood, right?? From the get-go, the acting was so over the top, and made Cusack appear to be an unseasoned newbie, however, Luke Evans shined in his role. The script appeared to be written rapidly and without care.

It said it was a horror movie, however, it is actually a murder mystery, and not a very good one. Agatha Christie would've definitely thrown this one out. If the author makes the suspect way too un-obvious, then what is the fun it in?? This could have been done so far better then what the final product actually was. Unfortunately, it was a large disappointment. Better luck next time.


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