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Crow
     

Crow

4.8 40
Director: Alex Proyas,

Cast: Alex Proyas, Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott

 

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Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiancée, Shelly (Sofia Shinas), by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death (which happens to be Devil's Night), a mystical crow appears at Eric's grave;

Overview

Based on the graphic novel by James O'Barr, this fantasy follows Eric Draven (Brandon Lee), a rock musician who is murdered along with his fiancée, Shelly (Sofia Shinas), by a group of marauding thugs who terrorize the decaying city in which they live. One year to the day after his death (which happens to be Devil's Night), a mystical crow appears at Eric's grave; Eric rises from the dead and, with the bird as his guide, goes on a mission to avenge himself against Top Dollar (Michael Wincott), the leader of the gang who killed him. Star Brandon Lee was killed while filming a scene in which he was shot with a shell from an improperly cleaned gun that was supposed to be loaded with blanks. Like his father, martial arts superstar Bruce Lee, Brandon was fated to enjoy his greatest popular success after his premature death.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
Based on James O'Barr's cult graphic novel, The Crow is a dark and moving testament to the powers of love and revenge and is forever marked as the project on which star Brandon Lee met his untimely end. Lee portrays Eric Draven, who rises to avenge himself and his fiancée, both murdered on the eve of their marriage. With a mysterious crow and a young girl (Rochelle Davis) as his primary guides through the world of the living, Eric systematically finds and kills each murderer, unveiling a much larger conspiracy as he goes along. An archetypal revenge story -- like a western splattered with an MTV-meets-Death Wish attitude -- The Crow pushes the envelope of the gothic horror genre, which director Alex Proyas has down to a visual tee. Michael Wincott seethes as the villainous Top Dollar; Ernie Hudson's cop adds support to the already strong Lee; and the heavy rock-and-metal soundtrack lays a fine beat to what is overall a hauntingly sensual experience. In addition to starring, Lee choreographed the film's incredible fight sequences and performed his own stunts -- a great nod to the legacy of his father, martial arts icon Bruce Lee, but a sad testimony to Lee's own lost talents.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This dark romantic fantasy of revenge from beyond the grave has a blackly funereal beauty that makes up for some of its sillier elements. The Gothic-style production design and an achingly poetic performance from the late Brandon Lee should make it a favorite among certain types of young people, while action fans should appreciate the moments of bone-crunching violence and a great villainous turn by Michael Wincott. An unexpected treat from promising director Alex Proyas, The Crow was followed by a wretched sequel.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The story exists as an excuse for the production values of the film, which are superb. The director, Alex Proyas, and his technical team have created a world that will remind you of the forlorn urban wasteland in Blade Runner and of the gothic extravagances in Batman, yet this world is grungier and more forbidding than either.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2011
UPC:
0031398142409
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
4,364

Special Features

Audio commentary with Director Alex Proyas; Behind-the-scenes featurette; A profile of James O'Barr; Extended scenes; Deleted footage montage; Original poster concepts; Storyboards; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brandon Lee Eric Draven
Ernie Hudson Albrecht
Michael Wincott Top Dollar
David Patrick Kelly T-Bird
Angel David Skank
Rochelle Davis Sarah
Bai Ling Myca
Lawrence Mason Tin Tin
Michael Massee Funboy
Bill Raymond Mickey
Marco Rodriguez Torres
Sofia Shinas Shelly
Anna Thomson Darla
Tony Todd Grange
Jon Polito Gideon
Billy Hopkins Actor
Kim Sykes Annabella
Norman Maxwell Roscoe
Jeff Cadiente Waldo
Henry Kingi MJ
Lou Criscuolo Uniform Cop #1
Todd Brenner Paramedic #1
Tom Rosales Sanchez
Jeff Imada Braeden
Tierre Turner Jugger
Elizabeth Thompson Medicine
Michael Berryman Skull Cowboy (cut out)
Tim Parati Bad Ass Criminal

Technical Credits
Alex Proyas Director
Buddy Alper Musical Direction/Supervision
Lance Anderson Makeup
Steven E. Andrews Asst. Director
William Barclay Set Decoration/Design
William Barcley Set Decoration/Design
Caldecot "Cotty" Chubb Co-producer
Gregory A. Gale Associate Producer
Grant Hill Associate Producer
Dov Hoenig Editor
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jeff Imada Stunts
James A. Janowitz Co-producer
Andrew Mason Special Effects
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Jeff Most Producer
Simon Murto Art Director
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Marthe Pineau Set Decoration/Design
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Henry Rollins Songwriter
Robert L. Rosen Executive Producer
David J. Schow Screenwriter
John Shirley Screenwriter
Scott Smith Editor
Suzanne Smith Casting
Dariusz Wolski Cinematographer

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Crow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
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This is an amazing combination of romance and fantasy. The gothic undertones really set the mood through the whole movie. You'll laugh. You'll cry. And you will cheer that even after death good can triumph over evil. You will believe that true love can accomplish anything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those movies that, at least for me, becomes and instant favorite. It really is sad that Brandon Lee lost his life during the filming of this movie because I think we would have seen more great things from him. This movie is awesome and always worth a watch!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one movie that will stick to you like glue! It has atmosphere and an abundance of talent with a great storyline. Brandon Lee deserves statues in his name!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so good.. I love the whole story it was incredible. I say as a writer That this man who made this IS one of the best writers ever.
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
The Crow This is a dark movie and unpredictable. Brandon Lee's character is resurrected by the power of the crow to avenge his own death. Not bad
Phoenixtear More than 1 year ago
The Crow is one of the best movie of all movies. When I first time that I watch this movie, I was crying my eyes out. Eric Draven is like Romeo, but instead of killing himself, he was murdered along with his wife - to - be, Shelley. A year later, he comes back from the dead and becames this gothic hero, the crow. With black clothing, awesome fighting style, and loyal to the end, the Crow is the best superhero in the world (sorry Stan Lee).
Guest More than 1 year ago
brandon lee was the best actor ever...dark setting dark bake up, dark everything....he sacraficed his life to make this movie great...i absolutely recommend you see this movie... when i saw it i completely felt i was there beside brandon lee crying in font of his wifes grave.the most famous quotes of this movie were "true love never dies" and "it doesn't have to rain all the time" those quotes really moved me.there was a lot of feeling in this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best films I have ever seen! I highly recommend it to anyone who has the compassion for movies and art that I do!! This movie contains all the elements of a Great Movie while supplying the audiences with tantalizing visual perfection!! Brandon Lee¿s Performance is sure to keep the faith that true love never dies alive!, Rest In Peace Brandon Lee! We Will Sincerely Miss You!!
_Crimson_Angel_ More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. my brother first recomended it and he was right this movie is amazing. Brandon Lee was amazing in it. I don't think any actor could have done it better! I highly recomend this move to EVERYONE you'll fall in love with it after the first 5 minutes
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the film. Brandon Lee, though dead, was great in this film and his acting was great. Their were dark overtones, but they were done well. excelennt casting and sympathetic charachters
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is really great.When I watched it for the first time I understood that I will always bring Erik in my soul. Everyone who like this film - write me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brandon Lee was damn cool as The Crow. Dark setting, dark story, and dark characters. Good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Matrix had stupidly pointless violence and Hannibal was just plain gross, but The Crow is one movie that contains lots of violence but pulls it off while moving the viewer as well. In fact, not many other movies have touched me like this one. Long after I saw it for the first time I carried Brandon Lee`s character with me. It also has great music in it and remarkable visuals, making the whole movie deliciously dark and eerie. Some people may have too uncontemporary of a taste to enjoy The Crow to its fullest, but in my opinion everyone should at least respect the movie because Brandon Lee did in fact die for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, has a great storyline. It has a great mass of action, and drama throughout the movie. Eric Draven(Brandon Lee) shows how it would be for something wrong to be set right. The Crow itself showed how it is a guide to Eric, in seeking out the murderers, and taking revenge.
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