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** According to former Music/JoyDivision and Music/NewOrder bassist Peter Hook, New Order was approached to provide the film's score, which included providing a re-recording of "Love Will Tear Us Apart". The idea was intended as a nod to the fact that, paralleling Draven's resurrection, New Order themselves were formed in the aftermath of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis' 1980 suicide, not to mention the fact that James O'Barr was a BigNameFan of Joy Division and named two characters after Hook and guitarist/New Order frontman Bernard Sumner. However, Sumner turned down the soundtrack offer, citing that they were too busy working on their album ''Music/{{Republic}}''; the album would be released in 1993, a year before the film. As something of a compensation, the band allowed a Music/NineInchNails cover of "Dead Souls" to be featured in the movie; both "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Dead Souls" were originally Joy Division songs.

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** According to former Music/JoyDivision and Music/NewOrder bassist Peter Hook, New Order was approached to provide the film's score, which included providing a re-recording of "Love Will Tear Us Apart". The idea was intended as a nod to the fact that, paralleling Draven's resurrection, New Order themselves were formed in the aftermath of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis' 1980 suicide, not to mention the fact that James O'Barr was a BigNameFan fan of Joy Division and named two characters after Hook and guitarist/New Order frontman Bernard Sumner. However, Sumner turned down the soundtrack offer, citing that they were too busy working on their album ''Music/{{Republic}}''; the album would be released in 1993, a year before the film. As something of a compensation, the band allowed a Music/NineInchNails cover of "Dead Souls" to be featured in the movie; both "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "Dead Souls" were originally Joy Division songs.


* FatalMethodActing: One of the most infamous cases, as lead actor Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a piece of blank cartridge that was left in the barrel. The unwilling responsible, Creator/MichaelMassee, took a year off from his career to recuperate and said he'll never watch the film due to the tragedy.

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* FatalMethodActing: One of the most infamous cases, as lead actor Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a piece of blank cartridge that was left in the barrel. The unwilling responsible, Creator/MichaelMassee, took a year off from his career to recuperate and said he'll he would never watch the film due to the tragedy.


* FatalMethodActing: One of the most infamous cases, as lead actor Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a piece of blank cartridge that was left in the barrel. The unwilling responsible, Creator/MichaelMassee, took a year off from his career to recuperate and said he'll never watch the film due to the tragedy.



* TroubledProduction: The film had an incredibly troubled shoot, so much so it would have been an example of this trope before its defining behind-the-scenes accident:
** Series creator James O'Barr's first meeting with Paramount executives led to him discovering that they wanted to make the film a musical starring Music/MichaelJackson, and when he laughed thinking it was a joke, they told him they were absolutely serious. Later on, they refused director Creator/AlexProyas' request to shoot the film entirely in black and white.
** There were several more accidents that befell the production crew, leading to a widespread belief that the film was cursed. A carpenter suffered serious burns on his upper body during the first day of filming. A manual worker had a screwdriver get embedded in his hand. An equipment truck burst into flames. A stuntman broke several ribs after falling through a roof, a rigger was horribly electrocuted, a disgruntled set sculptor went beserk and drove his car through the props room destroying it and a hurricane destroyed several of the sets. Just prior to his fatal shooting, Lee cut himself on a piece of breakaway glass (which isn't supposed to be sharp).
** A lot of the trouble was due to cost-and-corner-cutting; one of the crew recalled, "They were trying to make a $30 million movie for $18 million." The film was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, because North Carolina was a "right-to-work" state. This allowed the producers to get away with pay, conditions, and, crucially, production schedules that would have been nuked by unionized Hollywood. They began filming at night outdoors, but the aforementioned hurricane destroyed the sets, so they moved the production indoors - without changing the schedule, as switching a production from nights to days requires a 24-hour turnaround, time the harried production team didn't have. Moreover, it was still so cold that the camera rails had to be de-iced during filming by riggers with blowtorches hiding out of shot.
** On top of all of this, cocaine abuse was rampant on set, according to Empire magazine, with cameramen shooting whilst high, crew going into the toilets to snort between shots, and people cutting around looking like the Got Milk? ads. One crewmember recalls hearing the sound of a sneeze on the set one day, and an annoyed Creator/BrandonLee quipping "someone just lost $50".
** Everything eventually got so bad that one of the neighbouring productions in the EUE studios began taking bets on mishaps...until a fire destroyed several of their sets as well.
** And of course, with eight days of filming left, Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a bullet from a dummy cartridge that was left in the barrel. Dummy rounds were needed for a scene of the gun being loaded, so the armourer took some live rounds, pulled the bullets, dumped the powder and reseated the bullets, leaving the live primers. The armourer went home after a scene of the gun being cocked, leaving the props master to put everything away, but he wasn't familiar with revolvers and didn't know how to lower the hammer (the cylinder won't open if the hammer is cocked), so he pulled the trigger, which set off the primer and, not having any gunpowder, lodged the bullet in the bore (known as a squib). Nobody checked the gun after this, so when it came to the scene where Eric is shot, the bullet was still there, and when the blank was fired, it propelled the bullet like it was a standard cartridge. The resulting shot punctured Lee's chest and impacted his spine, and he died in surgery from serious blood loss. The footage showing Lee being shot was destroyed, as was the gun, and the incident caused so much anguish for supporting actor Creator/MichaelMassee (who pulled the trigger on the gun, and was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident) that he took a year off from his career to recuperate.
** As a result of Lee's death, and Paramount Pictures writing the project off as a result, Miramax finished production of the film via reshot sequences that used a stand-in for Lee. The FX studio Creator/DreamQuestImages (which was already trying to make effects for the entire film on a budget of $15,000) was forced to jury-rig handheld footage of Lee shot earlier in production to finish several effects shots.[[note]]Paramount would eventually regain the rights to the film in 2020 following [=ViacomCBS=]'s minority purchase of Miramax[[/note]]

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* TroubledProduction: The film had an incredibly troubled shoot, so much so it would have been an example full of this trope before its defining behind-the-scenes accident:
** Series creator James O'Barr's first meeting with Paramount executives led to him discovering
cost-and-corner-cutting (a crewman stated that they wanted to make the film a musical starring Music/MichaelJackson, and when he laughed thinking it was a joke, they told him they were absolutely serious. Later on, they refused director Creator/AlexProyas' request to shoot the film entirely in black and white.
** There were several more accidents that befell the production crew, leading to a widespread belief that the film was cursed. A carpenter suffered serious burns on his upper body during the first day of filming. A manual worker had a screwdriver get embedded in his hand. An equipment truck burst into flames. A stuntman broke several ribs after falling through a roof, a rigger was horribly electrocuted, a disgruntled set sculptor went beserk and drove his car through the props room destroying it and a hurricane destroyed several of the sets. Just prior to his fatal shooting, Lee cut himself on a piece of breakaway glass (which isn't supposed to be sharp).
** A lot of the trouble was due to cost-and-corner-cutting; one of the crew recalled,
"They were trying to make a $30 million movie for $18 million." The film "), crewmembers suffering accidents, a hurricane hitting the set, rampant cocaine abuse... and that was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, because North Carolina was a "right-to-work" state. This allowed before the producers to get away with pay, conditions, and, crucially, fatal accident that killed Brandon Lee just 8 days before production schedules that would have been nuked by unionized Hollywood. They began filming at night outdoors, but was supposed to wrap, forcing [[FakeShemp the aforementioned hurricane destroyed the sets, so they moved the production indoors - without changing the schedule, as switching a production from nights to days requires a 24-hour turnaround, time the harried production team didn't have. Moreover, it was still so cold that the camera rails had to be de-iced during filming use of stand-ins, plus special effects]] by riggers with blowtorches hiding out of shot.
** On top of all of this, cocaine abuse was rampant on set, according to Empire magazine, with cameramen shooting whilst high, crew going into the toilets to snort between shots, and people cutting around looking like the Got Milk? ads. One crewmember recalls hearing the sound of a sneeze on the set one day, and an annoyed Creator/BrandonLee quipping "someone just lost $50".
** Everything eventually got so bad that one of the neighbouring productions in the EUE studios began taking bets on mishaps...until a fire destroyed several of their sets as well.
** And of course, with eight days of filming left, Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a bullet from a dummy cartridge that was left in the barrel. Dummy rounds were needed for a scene of the gun being loaded, so the armourer took some live rounds, pulled the bullets, dumped the powder and reseated the bullets, leaving the live primers. The armourer went home after a scene of the gun being cocked, leaving the props master to put everything away, but he wasn't familiar with revolvers and didn't know how to lower the hammer (the cylinder won't open if the hammer is cocked), so he pulled the trigger, which set off the primer and, not having any gunpowder, lodged the bullet in the bore (known as a squib). Nobody checked the gun after this, so when it came to the scene where Eric is shot, the bullet was still there, and when the blank was fired, it propelled the bullet like it was a standard cartridge. The resulting shot punctured Lee's chest and impacted his spine, and he died in surgery from serious blood loss. The footage showing Lee being shot was destroyed, as was the gun, and the incident caused so much anguish for supporting actor Creator/MichaelMassee (who pulled the trigger on the gun, and was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident) that he took a year off from his career to recuperate.
** As a result of Lee's death, and Paramount Pictures writing the project off as a result, Miramax finished production of the film via reshot sequences that used a stand-in for Lee. The FX studio
Creator/DreamQuestImages (which was already trying to make effects for the entire film on a budget of $15,000) was forced to jury-rig handheld footage of Lee shot earlier in production to finish several effects shots.[[note]]Paramount would eventually regain the rights add him to the film in 2020 following [=ViacomCBS=]'s minority purchase of Miramax[[/note]]remaining scenes.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle:
** Taiwan: ''Dragon God of War''
** Turkey: ''Immortal Love''


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* TheForeignSubtitle:
** Japan: 'The Crow: Flying Legend''


** In the extended version of the arcade demolition, one of the gang members mentions the Detroit River. Although the film takes place in Detroit, no mention of the city is in the final cut of the film (except for a reference to 'Motor City').

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** In the extended version of the arcade demolition, one of the gang members mentions the Detroit River. Although the film takes place in Detroit, no mention of the city is in the final cut of the film (except for a one reference to 'Motor City').City' and another to Lake Erie).

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** Prior to his death during filming, Lee was set to reprise his role in two more sequels as in the originally intended ending, Eric would've been forced to roam the earth as a result of saving Sarah after being warned by the Skull Cowboy on not doing so.


!!The film series:
* ''Trivia/TheCrowCityOfAngels''
* ''Trivia/TheCrowWickedPrayer''

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* ''Trivia/TheCrowCityOfAngels''
* ''Trivia/TheCrowWickedPrayer''
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* CameoProp: If Top Dollar's rapier looks familiar, it's because it's the Six-Fingered Sword from ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.



** Skank is later seen with a bandage on his arm and limping. This is the result of a deleted scene where two kids rob the store he went to get smokes and road beers and shot him in the arm and leg.

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** Skank is later seen with a bandage on his arm and limping. This is the result of a deleted scene where two kids rob the store he went to get smokes and road beers from and shot him in the arm and leg.



** A lot of the trouble was due to cost-and-corner-cutting; one of the crew recalled "they were trying to make a 30 million dollar movie for 18 million dollars". The film was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, because North Carolina was a "right-to-work" state. This allowed the producers to get away with pay, conditions, and, crucially, production schedules that would have been nuked by unionized Hollywood. They began filming at night outdoors, but the aforementioned hurricane destroyed the sets, so they moved the production indoors - without changing the schedule, as switching a production from nights to days requires a 24-hour turnaround, time the harried production team didn't have. Moreover, it was still so cold that the camera rails had to be de-iced during filming by riggers with blowtorches hiding out of shot.

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** A lot of the trouble was due to cost-and-corner-cutting; one of the crew recalled "they recalled, "They were trying to make a 30 $30 million dollar movie for 18 million dollars". $18 million." The film was filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, because North Carolina was a "right-to-work" state. This allowed the producers to get away with pay, conditions, and, crucially, production schedules that would have been nuked by unionized Hollywood. They began filming at night outdoors, but the aforementioned hurricane destroyed the sets, so they moved the production indoors - without changing the schedule, as switching a production from nights to days requires a 24-hour turnaround, time the harried production team didn't have. Moreover, it was still so cold that the camera rails had to be de-iced during filming by riggers with blowtorches hiding out of shot.

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* ChannelHop: The film was originally produced by Creator/ParamountPictures, who dropped the film after principal photography was completed, likely due to the negative attention from Brandon Lee's on-set death. It was later sold to Creator/{{Miramax}}, who released the film through their deal with Disney, followed by the sequels. After Disney sold off Miramax, the film was released to Blu-ray by Creator/{{Lionsgate}}, and the sequels by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. After [=ViacomCBS=] purchased a minority stake in Miramax, Paramount Pictures took control of their library, and reissued ''The Crow'' on home video 27 years after originally dropping it.


** And of course, with eight days of filming left, Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a piece of blank cartridge that was left in the barrel. The resulting shot punctured Lee's chest and impacted his spine, and he died in surgery from serious blood loss. The footage showing Lee being shot was destroyed, and the incident caused so much anguish for supporting actor Creator/MichaelMassee (who pulled the trigger on the gun, and was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident) that he took a year off from his career to recuperate.

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** And of course, with eight days of filming left, Creator/BrandonLee was accidentally shot and killed due to a prop gun that discharged a piece of blank bullet from a dummy cartridge that was left in the barrel.barrel. Dummy rounds were needed for a scene of the gun being loaded, so the armourer took some live rounds, pulled the bullets, dumped the powder and reseated the bullets, leaving the live primers. The armourer went home after a scene of the gun being cocked, leaving the props master to put everything away, but he wasn't familiar with revolvers and didn't know how to lower the hammer (the cylinder won't open if the hammer is cocked), so he pulled the trigger, which set off the primer and, not having any gunpowder, lodged the bullet in the bore (known as a squib). Nobody checked the gun after this, so when it came to the scene where Eric is shot, the bullet was still there, and when the blank was fired, it propelled the bullet like it was a standard cartridge. The resulting shot punctured Lee's chest and impacted his spine, and he died in surgery from serious blood loss. The footage showing Lee being shot was destroyed, as was the gun, and the incident caused so much anguish for supporting actor Creator/MichaelMassee (who pulled the trigger on the gun, and was cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident) that he took a year off from his career to recuperate.


** As a result of Lee's death, and Paramount Pictures writing the project off as a result, Miramax finished production of the film via reshot sequences that used a stand-in for Lee. The FX studio Creator/DreamQuestImages (which was already trying to make effects for the entire film on a budget of $15,000) was forced to jury-rig handheld footage of Lee shot earlier in production to finish several effects shots.

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** As a result of Lee's death, and Paramount Pictures writing the project off as a result, Miramax finished production of the film via reshot sequences that used a stand-in for Lee. The FX studio Creator/DreamQuestImages (which was already trying to make effects for the entire film on a budget of $15,000) was forced to jury-rig handheld footage of Lee shot earlier in production to finish several effects shots.[[note]]Paramount would eventually regain the rights to the film in 2020 following [=ViacomCBS=]'s minority purchase of Miramax[[/note]]


* DeletedRole: Scenes featuring Michael Berryman as the Skull Cowboy were cut. Contrary to popular belief, they were cut ''before'' Brandon Lee's death, because everyone on set had thought the costume and look of the cowboy character clashed with the rest of the film.

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* DeletedRole: Scenes featuring Michael Berryman Creator/MichaelBerryman as the Skull Cowboy were cut. Contrary to popular belief, they were cut ''before'' Brandon Lee's death, because everyone on set had thought the costume and look of the cowboy character clashed with the rest of the film.


* FollowTheLeader: This was one of a number of darker and highly stylized comic based films to be made after the big success of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/Batman1989''.

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This was one of a number of darker and highly stylized comic based films to be made after the big success of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/Batman1989''.''Film/Batman1989''.
** The appearance of Eric Draven in the film was the inspiration for the gimmick change of {{professional wrestl|ing}}er Wrestling/{{Sting}} in 1997 from a happy-go-lucky, bleached-blonde uber-face to an enigmatic, trenchcoat-wearing, bat-wielding loner; allegedly, fellow wrestler Wrestling/ScottHall suggested the idea to him (which wouldn't have been surprising, as Hall was known to look to famous movies as inspirations for his in-ring gimmicks).[[note]]Hall's "Razor Ramon" persona was derived from ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}.''[[/note]]


* Music/StoneTemplePilots originally planned to contribute the song "Only Dying" to the soundtrack; The song was one of their earliest compositions, and they had demoed it in 1990 but had never officially recorded or released it. When Brandon Lee died, the band decided the song's title was HarsherInHindsight and instead contributed "Big Empty", which was released as both the first single from the soundtrack and from their second album ''Purple'', which was released a few months later.

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* ** Music/StoneTemplePilots originally planned to contribute the song "Only Dying" to the soundtrack; The song was one of their earliest compositions, and they had demoed it in 1990 but had never officially recorded or released it. When Brandon Lee died, the band decided the song's title was HarsherInHindsight and instead contributed "Big Empty", which was released as both the first single from the soundtrack and from their second album ''Purple'', which was released a few months later.

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* Music/StoneTemplePilots originally planned to contribute the song "Only Dying" to the soundtrack; The song was one of their earliest compositions, and they had demoed it in 1990 but had never officially recorded or released it. When Brandon Lee died, the band decided the song's title was HarsherInHindsight and instead contributed "Big Empty", which was released as both the first single from the soundtrack and from their second album ''Purple'', which was released a few months later.


* StuntDouble: Chad Stakelski got his start as a stunt double on this movie, doubling for Brandon Lee, whom he trained with at the Inosanto Academy. After Lee's lethal accident Chad was picked for his stunt/photo double because he knew Lee, how he moved, and looked more like him than any other stuntman.

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* StuntDouble: Chad Stakelski Stahelski got his start as a stunt double on this movie, doubling for Brandon Lee, whom he trained with at the Inosanto Academy. After Lee's lethal accident Chad was picked for his stunt/photo double because he knew Lee, how he moved, and looked more like him than any other stuntman.

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