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
Production
company
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]

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 will 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 confronts Dutton as he is trying to sexually assault two women, and kills him. He cuts the word "Daisy" - his nickname for Lauren - into Dutton's flesh as a sign for Erin.

Alex kills Erlich, but 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 serves as front for a drug smuggling operation. Lauren had witnessed John, the police captain (Fred Ward), killing a man at the Key Club; John then had Lauren killed.

Madden kills Walsh, and John kidnaps Erin. Alex starts a big shootout at the Key Club in which he impales Roberts with a pipe he breaks off the ceiling, and kills the remaining police. 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.

The next day, Alex finds out that the man with the scarred arm faked his death, and is still at large. Alex goes to the police station to kill John. However, he is no longer invulnerable, as he "fulfilled his duty" after finding the arm with the scar. John stabs Alex several times. Before Alex dies, he starts to believe he is the one who murdered Lauren. Madden, John, and John's secretary (Kelly Harren) pull Alex into John's taxidermy room, where Erin is tied up with her mouth stitched shut. The crow picks up her locket and drops it next to Alex, who comes back to life. 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.

John takes Erin hostage and drives away with her, and Alex gives chase. He sees the tattoo on John's arm, confirming that he is the one Alex is looking for, and knocks him out. Alex and Erin then take John to the prison's death chamber and strap him into the same electric chair that Alex died in. John vows to return from the dead and 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 bound her to Alex on his headstone.

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Controversy[edit]

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]

Re-Release[edit]

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 other Crow sequels, The Crow: City of Angels and The Crow: Wicked Prayer.[4]

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