The Crow (1994)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

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.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Cast

  • Brandon Lee
  • Rochelle Davis
  • Ernie Hudson
  • Michael Wincott
  • Bai Ling
  • Sofia Shinas
  • Anna Levine
  • David Patrick Kelly
  • Angel David
  • Laurence Mason

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • (at around 47 mins) The latter part of the scene in Albrecht's apartment was ad-libbed by Brandon Lee and Ernie Hudson. The line about Shelley ("Believe me, nothing is trivial") was not in the script.
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Goofs

  • (at around 43 mins) Level of drink in Gideon's glass.
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Quotes

    • T-Bird: Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.
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Metacritic

88

It is a stunning work of visual style - the best version of a comic book universe I've seen - and Brandon Lee clearly demonstrates in it that he might have become an action star, had he lived.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
88

The Crow imbues its comic brutalism with emotion and satire. Too raw and pulpy, it probably shouldn't be regarded as a memorial to Brandon Lee. But as an obsessive rock 'n' roll comic book movie shocker of loony intensity, it stands, or flies, by itself.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
75

If the arrival of The Crow - a visually dazzling and hyperkinetic action movie - is an occasion to mourn the loss of Lee, it is also ample reason to celebrate the protean gifts of its director, Alex Proyas.

Metacritic review by Desmond Ryan
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer