The Crow: Salvation

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The Crow: Salvation
Salvation Poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Produced by Edward R. Pressman
Jeff Most
Written by Chip Johannessen
Based on The Crow 
by James O'Barr
Starring Eric Mabius
Kirsten Dunst
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Fred Ward
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Carolyn Chen
Edited by Howard E. Smith
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release dates
  • January 23, 2000 (2000-01-23)
Running time
102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10,000,000

The Crow: Salvation is a 2000 American supernatural action film directed by Bharat Nalluri. The film is the third in a series based on The Crow comic book by James O'Barr. After its distributor cancelled the intended theatrical release due to The Crow: City of Angels' negative critical reception, The Crow: Salvation was released directly to video.

Plot summary[edit]

The film opens after the end of The Crow: City of Angels. A mysterious figure brought the mystical crow back to life and the crow resumes its duty to fight the forces of evil.

Alexander "Alex" Frederick Corvis (Eric Mabius) is framed for the murder of his girlfriend Lauren Randall (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Three years later, he is executed in the electric chair. Soon after the execution, Alex is resurrected by a mystical crow and gifted with supernatural abilities, so he can clear his name and avenge Lauren's death. Alex follows the crow to the Salt Lake City police department's evidence room, where he discovers that Lauren was killed by a group of corrupt cops. Alex has a vision of one of the killers, who has a scar on his arm matching one he saw just before his execution. Alex finds the knife that was used on Lauren, and then goes to her grave. There, he meets with Lauren's sister Erin (Kirsten Dunst), who believes he is guilty. He tells her that he'll prove his innocence somehow, and disappears.

Alex finds Tommy Leonard (David Stevens), the man who was paid to lie about Alex at the trial. Tommy tells Alex that the cops who murdered Lauren were Madden (Bruce McCarthy), Martin Toomey (Tim DeKay), James Erlich (Dale Midkiff), Stan Roberts (Walton Goggins), and Phillip Dutton (Bill Mondy). Alex spares Tommy's life. Later, Dutton pulls over two women, and tries to sexually assault the driver and the passenger. Suddenly, he sees Alex sitting where the passenger was. Alex looks for the scar, and doesn't find it. Alex shoots Dutton in the head, and stabs him 53 times, killing him. Erin watches the news and sees Dutton's corpse on the screen, with the name "Daisy" cut into his head. This is Alex's sign to Erin, because Daisy was Lauren's nickname for Erin.

Alex finds Erlich leaving an apartment in his Corvette. Alex kicks through Erlich's window and searches his arm for the scar, but doesn't find it. Alex drives the Corvette into the side of an abandoned bus, and blows it up with Erlich laying bloodied on the hood of the car. Alex inadvertently drops the list of names of the cops he's after, and Roberts and Toomey find it. Later, Alex gives Erin a piece of paper found in Erlich's car, and Erin now believes that Alex is innocent. She then finds out that her father, Nathan Randall (William Atherton), is in business with the corrupt cops who killed Lauren, and was thus indirectly responsible for her death. Nathan swears he did not intend for Lauren to die, but Erin nevertheless runs from him in horror. At the same time, Roberts and Madden murder Tommy and his family.

Alex meets with his lawyer, Peter Walsh (Grant Shaud), and they talk about Lauren's death. Alex goes to the place where Lauren died and talks to her. Erin goes home, and finds that her father has committed suicide. Later, Walsh tells Alex that Nathan owns a company called Westwind Building, which owns D.E.R.T., a company that owns about a dozen other companies. Tommy used to make daily deliveries to the Key Club, a strip bar owned by D.E.R.T., and Walsh tells Alex that it is a front for a drug smuggling operation. Lauren discovered what they were doing when she witnessed John, the police captain (Fred Ward), killing a man at the Key Club. John had his men kill Lauren. Erin barges into Walsh's apartment, telling Alex that Nathan is dead.

Alex goes to the Key Club. Madden and John meet Erin at Walsh's apartment, and tell her about Nathan. Erin gets John's gun and aims it at him, but John gets his gun back. Madden kills Walsh, and John kidnaps Erin. Alex starts a big shootout at the Key Club and fatally impales Roberts with a pipe he breaks off the ceiling, kills the remaining police, then grabs Toomey and checks his arm for the scar, but doesn't find it on either of their arms. Madden shows up, and tries to kill Alex. Madden accidentally shoots a pipe, which ignites a gas leak; the explosion kills Toomey. Alex walks out of the fire and sees an arm hanging out of the rubble with the scar on it. Alex then leaves the rubble and watches a woman while having a flashback but her jealous boyfriend hits him.

The next day, the rubble is examined, and a burned skeleton forearm can be found — with pieces of metal scattered about. It turns out that this was all a forgery and that the real scarred arm remains at large. Alex goes back to Walsh's apartment. It's empty, but he finds a hint placed by Walsh which leads him to John. He goes to the police station and confronts John. After a few words, Alex brandishes the knife responsible for killing Lauren, preparing to kill John. However, his regeneration ability is apparently not working anymore, as he "fulfilled his duty" after finding the arm with the scar (i.e. the arm of the one he is after), and he is no match for the Captain, who stabs Alex several times with the knife. Before Alex dies, he starts to believe he is the one who murdered Lauren. Madden, the Captain, and the Captain's secretary (Kelly Harren) pull Alex into John's taxidermy room, where Erin is tied up with her mouth stitched shut, wearing the locket that connects her to Alex. The crow picks the locket up and drops it next to Alex, who comes back to life again. Alex sets Erin free, and she runs out with John in pursuit. Alex kills Madden by throwing him into a glass trophy case that cuts his throat. Alex then sees Walsh's body hanging from the ceiling, his arm cut off. Alex then kills John's secretary by throwing her against the wall, impaling her on a set of mounted antlers.

The Captain takes Erin hostage and drives away with her, and Alex gives chase. He sees the tattoo on The Captain's arm, confirming that he is the one Alex is looking for, and knocks him out. Alex and Erin then take the Captain to the prison's death chamber and strap him into the same electric chair that Alex died in. The Captain says he'll come back like Alex and vows to kill them both. Erin pulls the switch, and they leave him to suffer in the chair, burning long after he is dead. Alex and Erin walk outside, and Alex disappears in a whirlwind. Erin, who apparently came to visit the graves of both Alex and her sister, puts the necklace that bonded her and Alex on his headstone.



After the film’s completion, Miramax gave it a week in a single theater in Spokane, Washington to see if the film would warrant a full theatrical release. Concerned that the film would intentionally go direct-to-video, several Crow fan sites called for a boycott of Miramax films and for users to write to Miramax to demand for a proper theatrical release for the film. Those leading the boycott made the case that Miramax set the film up to fail by the afore mentioned short single screen release, no advertisement except for a “dinky”[1] newspaper ad for the event, caving under political pressure for less violent films, and shopping the film to cable channels. However, the ban was unsuccessful. One of those sites even announced the end of the ban by promoting a Crow DVD box set.[2]


On September 9, 2014, Lionsgate re-released the film on DVD.[3]

On October 7, 2014, it was released on DVD by Lionsgate in a triple feature edition with the previous two Crow sequels.[4]


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