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;… See more details below

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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; 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.

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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:
8,567

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 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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