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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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Cast

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Maddux (as Kevin R. McNally)
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Mrs. Bradley
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Reagan
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Doc Clements
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Stage Manager
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Percy
Michael Cronin ...
Old Gentleman
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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Taglines:

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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Release Date:

27 April 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cuervo  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When talking about navigation techniques Poe (Cusack) mentions he went to West Point and was expelled. This is historically correct, Poe was a cadet at West Point during Robert E. Lee's tenure as Academy Superintendent prior to the Civil War. See more »

Goofs

The detective tells Poe that the victim had her throat cut with a "straight razor". A straight razor was just called a razor until the invention of the safety razor many years later. 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

Nocturne, es-dur, OP.9
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Lucas Vidal
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly good!
12 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Not being a big fan of John Cussack I did not expect much from this film... From his feminine voice to his soft features but boy was I pleasantly surprised!

The Director did a cracking job of ramping up the suspense and still be able to tease, shock AND surprise even seasoned cinema goers as me. Lots of gore, lots of dare and the entire film was shot beautifully and i think the period was captured superbly too.

It was nearly a master piece but just missed out on this accolade by shoddy closure. 5 minutes shorter and it would have been a modern day classic.

I would give it a robust 7.8. Definitely go see it.


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