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Princess Powerful Attacks: The Crow: City of Angels

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The Crow-City of Angels Theatrical Trailer

Title: The Crow: City of Angels
Based on the series written by:
James O’Barr
Screenplay: David S. Goyer
Director: Tim Pope
Company: Bad Bird Productions; Dimension Films; Jeff Most Productions; Miramax Films
Distributed by: Miramax Films
US Release Date: August 30, 1996
Length: 84 min.
MPAA: Rated R

A group of drug dealers who work for Judah Earl, a drug kingpin, kill one of their own men in front of Ashe and his son Danny.  They’re kidnapped and murdered once the drug dealers notice their presence.  Sarah, from the previous movie, is led by a crow to Ashe, whom she recognized from her dreams.  Ashe is informed by Sarah of the crow legend, and sets off to revenge against Judah Earl and his men.

The Crow: City of Angels starred Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, Iggy Pop, Thomas Jane, Vincent Castellanos, Thuy Trang, Eric Acosta, Ian Dury, Tracey Ellis, Beverley Mitchell, Alan Gelfant, Shelly Desai, Holley Chant, Vincent Perez as Ashe, and featured The Deftones performing in concert.

The Crow: City of Angels was Thuy Trang’s last role before she passed away in 2001 from a fatal car accident.

Side Notes: I enjoyed The Crow: City of Angels, although it was edited to look like its predecessor.  It was unnecessary since there are multiple stories told of the crow legend.

The Crow: City of Angels novelization and comic book adaptation kept the film’s final script intact.  It would have served as a solid conclusion to the first film’s story line if it wasn’t changed.  I was able to connect with Sarah and Ashe after reading the comic book adaptation by David Goyer and John Wagner.  A reedited version of the film was pieced together by fans, containing lost footage and subtitled animatics in order to resemble the original intentions of the script.

"Judah Earl sounds an awful like Jubal Early…I see what you did there."

A game for The Crow: City of Angels was released by Gray Matter Interactive and Acclaim Entertainment for the Sega Saturn, PC, and the PlayStation.  It focused on Ashe, whose prime objective was to fight Judah Earl and his men in various confrontations.  The game had poor reviews, but gained a cult status amongst fans of the movie.  Currently, it is the only available console game from The Crow franchise.

I suggest watching fan-made edits or reading adaptations of The Crow: City of Angels.  It’s a touching story that can be found through a search online or on auction sites.

Tune in next time when I review The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (TV series) Part 1!

Princess Powerful



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  2. I didn’t like the movie because I think it tried way too hard to be like the original instead of trying to just find it’s own path. I didn’t know there were different versions of the film and skipped on the comic adaptation which I may check out now after reading this. Always good to get some new info! thanks PP!

  3. […] the same can NOT be said for its sequels. The first sequel, The Crow: City of Angels, is a perfect example of tampering. The producers basically changed half of this movie and threw out […]

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