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The Crow is a 1994 American action-thriller film adaptation of the 1989 comic book of the same name by James O'Barr. The film was adapted by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and directed by Alex Proyas.

The Crow stars Brandon Lee, in his final film, as Eric Draven, a rock musician who is revived from the dead to avenge his own murder, as well as that of his fiancee.

John Shirley wrote the first four drafts of the script; Schow then came in and rewrote. Shirley and Schow are both published novelists. Shirley's the author of the horror novel DEMONS and the cyberpunk A SONG CALLED YOUTH trilogy, and is also a singer /songwriter. He was the original lead singer of SadoNation and wrote 18 lyrics recorded by the Blue Oyster Cult on such albums as Heaven Forbid. David Schow wrote such horror novels as The Shaft and The Kill Rift.

The remake of The Crow is planned for a 2015 release.

Two albums with music from this film were released: The Crow score and The Crow soundtrack. The soundtrack album was enormously influential and changed the way rock music was used in film. Jeff Most, the originating producer of The Crow, organized the sound track.







PlotEdit

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.

On October 30, Devil's Night in Detroit, Sergeant Albrecht is at the scene of a crime where Shelly Webster has been beaten and raped, and her fiance, local musician and guitarist Eric Draven died, having been stabbed, shot, and thrown out of the window. The couple were to be married the next day,on Halloween. As he leaves for the hospital with Shelly, Albrecht meets a young girl,Sarah who says that she is their friend, and that they take care of her because her mother Darla is negligent and a drug addict. Albrecht tells her that Shelly will be okay but she knows the truth: Shelly is going to die.

One year later, to the day, a crow taps on the gravestone of Eric Draven; Eric awakens death and climbs frantically out of his grave,trembling and wracked with convulsions. Meanwhile, a criminal gang, headed by T-Bird is setting fires in the city.Eric goes to his old apartment and finds it derelict. He has visual memories of the murders,remembering that those responsible were T-Bird and his gang:Tin Tin,Funboy and Skank. Eric soon discovers that any wounds he receives heals immediately, and that he, being dead, is now immune physical harm. He then replaces his burial clothes with dark, imposing attire, and using stage makeup, paints his face in a parody of a porcelain harlequin mask given to Shelly as a gift,decorating his lips and eyes with black,scar-like slashes. Guided by the crow, he sets out to avenge his and Shelly's murders by killing the perpetrators.

The crow helps Eric locate Tin Tin,who is obsessed with knives.They engage in a one-on-one ally fight,which Eric wins by catching a knife and pinning Tin Tin to a wall with it. Eric then kills him by stabbing him with all of his own knives. He takes his coat, leaving a large crow-shaped bloodstain on the wall of the ally.He then goes to the pawn shop where Tin Tin pawned Shelly's engagement ring the year before. Eric forces the owner, Gideon to return the ring and blows up the shop, but allows Gideon to live so that he can warn the others. Gideon goes to warn Top Dollar, the local crime boss and T-Bird's superior,who thinks Gideon is making it all up and kills Gideon by stabbing him in the throat with a rapier, sinking it in to the hilt.

Eric finds Funboy getting high in a apartment with Darla. He teases Funboy, having the man shoot him in the hand and pretending to scream in pain for his own amusement. When it becomes a apparent to Funboy that Eric cannot be killed, he becomes frightened, and Eric disarms him and shoots him in the thigh,piercing his femoral artery. Eric confronts Darla, making her realize that Sarah needs her to be a good mother. Darla rushes out and goes home. Eric then kills Funboy with an overdose of his own morphine. He visits Albrecht,explaining who he is and why he is here. Albrecht tells him what he know about Shellys death and that he watched as she suffered for thirty hours before dying. Eric touches Albrecht and receives from him the pain felt by Shelly during those hours before leaving. As T-Bird and Skank stop at a convenience store to get some supplies,Eric arrives and kidnaps T-Bird. Skank follows the pair and sees Eric as he ties T-Bird to the driver's seat of a car,straps explosives to him, and lets the car drive off the pier,where it explodes up in midair and falls and sinks into a harbordown below.Eric leaves a fiery symbol in the shape of a crow burning at the scene.

Meanwhile Sarah and her mother begin to repair their strained relationship which we are led to believe improves thanks to Eric's words. Sarah goes to Eric's old apartment and talks to him. She tells him that she misses him and Shelly. Eric explains that, even though they cannot be friends anymore,he still cares about her. Skank goes to Top Dollar, who controls all the criminal gangs in the city. Top Dollar and his lover/half-sister Myca have become aware of Eric's actions through various reports from witnesses. Top Dollar holds a meeting with his associates where they discuss new plans for Devil's Night criminal activities. Eric arrives at the meeting,looking for Skank. Top Dollar orders his men to shoot Eric, and a massive gun fight ensues.Top Dollar escapes quickly with Myca and Grange his lieutenant,while Eric systematically kills everyone in the room-including Skank,who is last of all thrown out of a window by Eric.

Eric, having finished his quest, returns to his grave. Sarah goes to say goodbye to him and he gives her Shelly's engagement ring. She is then abducted by Grange who takes her into the nearby church where Top Dollar and Myca are waiting. Though the crow, Eric realizes what has happened and goes to the church to rescue her. Unfortunately,Grange shoots the crow as it flies into the church, making Eric lose his invincibility. Myca grabs the wounded crow, intending to take its mystical power. Albrecht arrives, intending to pay his respects to Eric, just after Eric is wounded. Top Dollar ties up Sarah and climbs the bell tower as a fight ensues, with Albrecht killing Grange. Just before she is about to shoot Eric, the crow escapes Myca's grip and claws her eyes out, and knocks her down the bell tower where she hangs on the rope for dear life before she falls to her death. When Albrecht is wounded, Eric climbs to the roof of the church on his own.There,Top Dollar admits ultimate responsibility for what happened to Eric and Shelly. They fight, and in the end, Eric gives Top Dollar "thirty hours of pain" he absorbed from Albrecht; the sensation sends Top Dollar flying off the roof of the church where he fails and becomes impaled on the horns of a gargoyle. After Eric saves Sarah from falling in the collapsing roof Albrecht goes to the hospital, and Eric is reunited with Shelly at their graves.

Later, Sarah pays a final visit to the cemetery,and the crow, perched on Eric's headstone, gives her Shellys engagement ring, dropping it in her open hand before soaring over the city and into the night.

If the people we love are stolen from us,the way to have them live is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever.

CastEdit

DVDsEdit

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Miramax/Dimension Collector's Series

A Deluxe Edition That Takes You Inside The Movie!

Bonus Materials:

  • Behind-The Scenes Featurette
  • Feature Commentary Track With Producer Jeff Most And Screenwriter John Shirley
  • A Profile Of James O'Barr
  • Extended Scenes
  • Deleted Footage Montage
  • Original Poster Concepts
  • Production Design Stills
  • Storyboards
  • French Language Track
  • Spanish Subtitles

DVD-ROM Features:

  • Devil's Night Retribution Trivia Game
  • Enhanced Playback Track
  • Screenplay Viewer
  • Weblinks



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