The Crow (1994) is an action, drama, fantasy film directed by Alex Proyas and written by David J. Schow and John Shirley. The film stars Bruce Lee‘s son Brandon Lee in his final film performance. The American superhero film is based on James O’Barr’s comic book, The Crow, and tells the story of Eric Draven (Lee), a rock musician who is revived from the dead to avenge his own death as well as the rape and murder of his fiancée.
Brandon Lee was accidentally wounded on set during the filming of The Crow (1994) and he would later die in surgery in a local hospital. His death was blamed on defective blank ammunition used on the set. There was only eight days left of production, but there were numerous unfinished scenes that featured Brandon Lee and those scenes were rewritten, and a stunt double and digital special effects were used to finish the film. The Crow (1994) is dedicated to both Brandon Lee and his fiancée, Eliza Hutton.
In spite of the production setbacks caused by the death of Brandon Lee, The Crow (1994) was critically well-received as it had a unique visual style, its premise was unique, and it had emotional depth. It was also a great tribute to Brandon Lee.
The Crow (1994) opened at the top of the box office and still has a strong cult following today. It is the first installment of a franchise, which includes three sequels and a television series.
The Crow (1994) begins the night before musician Eric Draven’s (Brandon Lee) wedding when he and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of The Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission.
The Crow (1994) was released on May 13, 1994.