The Crow (1994 film)

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The Crow is a 1994 American superhero film directed by Alex Proyas from a screenplay by David J. Schow and John Shirley, based on the 1989 limited comic book series of the same name by James O'Barr. The film stars Brandon Lee, in his final film appearance, as Eric Draven, a musician who is resurrected from the dead to seek vengeance against the gang who murdered him and his fiancée, all the while being pursued by a sympathetic police officer.

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The Crow
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlex Proyas
Screenplay by
Based onThe Crow
by James O'Barr
Produced by
CinematographyDariusz Wolski
Edited by
Music byGraeme Revell
  • Dimension Films
  • Entertainment Media Investment Corporation
  • Pressman Film
  • Jeff Most Productions
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • May 13, 1994 (1994-05-13) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$23 million[1]
Box office$94 million[2]

Production on The Crow was struck by tragedy when Lee was fatally wounded by a prop gun during filming. As Lee had finished most of his scenes before his death, the film was completed through script rewrites, a stunt double, and digital effects.[3] After Lee's death, Paramount Pictures opted out of distributing the film and the rights were picked up by Miramax Films, who oversaw the film's completion. The film is dedicated to Lee and his fiancée, Eliza Hutton.

The Crow was released in the United States on May 13, 1994. The film received positive reviews from critics.[4] A sleeper hit at the box office, it grossed $94 million on a $23 million budget and gained a strong cult following. The success of the film led to a media franchise that includes the sequels The Crow: City of Angels (1996), The Crow: Salvation (2000), and The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005). The sequels, which mostly featured different characters and none of the original cast members, were unable to match the success of the first film.

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