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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.

Director:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In a world without justice, one man was chosen to protect the innocent. 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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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crow See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,774,332, 15 May 1994

Gross USA:

$50,693,129

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,693,129
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Many characters throughout the film use Taurus PT92 pistols, most notably T-Bird (David Patrick Kelly), the leader of the gang that kills Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancee. Eric himself later wields T-Bird's PT92 in a shootout at Top Dollar's (Michael Wincott's) club. Some of the gangsters in the club also use them, and Eric uses several other discarded PT92s (sometimes akimbo) in the course of the shootout. Top Dollar himself also uses what appear to be a pair of stainless PT92s during the climactic shootout in the church. They're never shown very clearly, but a handful of brief glimpses of the guns reveal them to be PT92s. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 1 min) When the detective and the cop are arguing about the discovery of a man melted to his blown up car, right after Draven sends the burning car into the river, the detective's shoulder holster changes from brown to black-strapped halfway through the scene. 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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Crazy Credits

For Brandon and Eliza See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original cut of the film, there was a scene in which Eric Draven has a fight with Funboy in Funboy's apartment before killing him. It goes like this: Eric knocks the straight razor from Darla's hand. Eric makes Darla sober by magically siphoning morhpine from her blood. Darla leaves. Funboy wakes up in the bathtub and grabs the razor. He attacks Eric and cuts his hands and torso. Because Eric has weakened himself by getting the morphine out of Darla, he cannot heal properly. (This would have been explained by the Skull Cowboy, but those scenes were also cut.) To cover the wounds, he wraps them in black electrical tape. This explains why his hands and stomach are wrapped up later in the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Angst (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

AFTER THE FLESH
Performed by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Written by Marston Daley (as Buzz McCoy) and Frank Nardiello (as Groovie Mann)
Produced by Marston Daley (as Buzz McCoy)
©1993 EMI Virgin Songs, Inc. obo Itself and Pill Krazed Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corporation/Pressmancherryblossom (BMI)
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There must be an angel ...
23 August 1999 | by didi-5See all my reviews

I approached this film after reading the hype and controversy surrounding its making and release, not really expecting very much. Surprised to find it an intelligent, beautifully-filmed, engrossing and touching thriller. I'd recommend it to anyone who has a fondness for weird gothic mythological stories. I didn't find the horror aspect overdone - in fact it was believable, and the script was superior to other films of this genre I've seen. As for Brandon Lee, this really was a superb performance and it is a terrible tragedy that his life ended so abruptly. This film is a fitting memorial to what could have become a major star.


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