Rolling Stone - 05/19/1994
"...[A] dazzling fever dream of a movie....Lee is sensational on all counts in a final performance that brims over with athleticism and ardor..."
New York Times - 05/11/1994
"...A genre film of a high order, stylish and smooth....Lee had great presence..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/09/1994
"...This very stylish, very hip horror movie taps into Lee's unique charisma, native intelligence, and real talent..." -- Rating: B+
Los Angeles Times - 05/11/1994
"...Lee has phenomenal presence, and his movements are so balletically powerful that his rampages seem like waking nightmares..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/13/1994
"...It is a stunning work of visual style..."
A young rock musician who was brutally murdered a year earlier is resurrected as a vengeful superhero in this stylish noir thriller. Out to avenge his and his fiancee's killings by destroying the city's evil crime lord, the Crow becomes a ray of hope for the city while battling his own inner demons. Based on James O'Barr's dark comic book series, this film features Brandon Lee's final performance.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Catch the explosive, action-packed hit that thrilled moviegoers and dazzled critics everywhere! Brandon Lee (RAPID FIRE) plays Eric Draven, a young rock guitarist who, along with his fiancee, is brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals. Exactly one year after his death, Eric returns -- watched over by a hypnotic crow -- to seek revenge, battling the evil crime lord and his band of urban thugs, who must answer for their crimes. Loaded with intense, nonstop action and a hot #1 hit soundtrack, THE CROW delivers exhilarating, fast-paced entertainment!
Legend goes that crows ferry the dead across to their resting place. However if the death demands revenge then the crows will assist the avenging souls. On the eve of his wedding, Eric Draven and his fiancee are attacked by criminals, she is viciously assaulted and both are murdered. Draven, once a loving man, returns to the nightmarish city. With the crow as Charon, Draven steps out of the night as a killer instead of a victim. Exploiting his undead ability to heal quickly, he delivers murderous justice with both glee and bitterness to each criminal who snuffed out his life on the brink of happiness.
Star Brandon Lee, son of celebrated martial artist Bruce Lee, was killed accidentally by an improperly loaded stunt gun on March 31, 1993. There were 3 more days of his scenes to be filmed, and his stunt doubles, Chad Stahelski and Jeff Cadiente, replaced him in a few crucial scenes. The film crew was placed on hiatus, and the film was reworked to be less violent. A voiceover narration by a young girl replaced the harsh character Skull Cowboy who directs Draven on the rules of the dead. There has been speculation that the "family curse" allegedly responsible for the untimely deaths of Bruce Lee and his older brother had also claimed Lee's son.
Miramax Home Video #3034 includes Brandon Lee's last on-camera interview.
The film was presented in association with Entertainment Media Investment Corp., of an Edward R. Pressman production in association with Jeff Most Prods.
Feature film directorial debut for Alex Proyas, an Australian commercial and music video director. Proyas's short film GROPING, made when he was just 17, was named Outstanding Short Film at the London Film Festival in 1982.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.