The Crow: City of Angels

The Crow: City of Angels Information

The Crow: City of Angels is a 1996 action film directed by Tim Pope. It is a sequel to the 1994 cult film The Crow.


The film is set in Los Angeles, where drug king Judah Earl (Richard Brooks) has mechanic Ashe Corven (Vincent Pérez) and his eight-year-old son Danny (Eric Acosta) killed after they witness a gang of Judah's thugs murdering a fellow drug dealer.

Sarah from the first film (Mia Kirshner) has been having dreams about Ashe and Danny. Sarah works in a tattoo parlor by day, and paints haunting, surreal images of death and resurrection in her apartment at night. She is haunted by disturbing dreams about Ashe and Danny, and after a day's work in the tattoo parlor, Sarah is visited in her apartment by a large crow as she contemplates a ring that Eric gave her years before.

Sarah follows the crow to the harbor at night on All Saints' Day, and witnesses Ashe's resurrection and frantic escape from his watery grave. She takes him to her apartment. When Sarah tells Ashe he is dead, he panics and runs screaming into the night, ending up at his own home, where he relives the final moments of his life.

Sarah arrives there to find Ashe brooding, and she explains to him why he has been resurrected by the Crow "? so he can pursue those who killed him and Danny. With the guidance of the crow, Ashe starts killing Judah's henchmen, one by one. Ashe first visits Spider-Monkey (Vincent Castellanos) in a warehouse and interrogates him as to who else was involved in the atrocity. Ashe then kills him by blowing up the building. Another of Judah's lackeys, Nemo (Thomas Jane), is spending the night at a peeping booth. Ashe appears in the booths and kills him. Nemo is then discovered with a doll stuffed in his pants, and a paper crow in his mouth.

Judah has in his employ a blind prophetess named Sybil (Tracey Ellis) who is able to ascertain Ashe's link to Sarah and to the crow that is the source of his powers. Judah captures Sarah in order to draw Ashe to him and steal his power.

One of the murderers, Kali (Thuy Trang), goes to Sarah's apartment to draw Ashe out. While battling her, Ashe realizes that Kali is the one who killed Danny; enraged, he throws her against a wall and then out a window, leaving a crow-shaped blood pattern. Ashe then pursues Judah's right-hand-man, Curve (Iggy Pop), in a motorcycle chase. Ashe shoots Curve's motorcycle, which blows up and throws Curve onto the road. Ashe then drags Curve into the nearby river, leaving him to die as local parishioners cast down flower petals in the shape of a crow.

On the day of the annual Day of the Dead festival. Judah captures the crow and impales its wings with knives before killing it. He ingests the blood, effectively stealing Ashe's power. Ashe must now attempt to rescue Sarah by seeking out Judah in his lair, an abandoned church. As Judah has killed the crow, Ashe is quickly losing his strength and invulnerability. As a result, Judah is able to get the best of Ashe in the ensuing fight. Judah ties a rope around Ashe and savagely whips him, intending to hang him.

Sarah rushes up and stabs Judah in the forehead, causing Judah to drop Ashe. Judah pulls out the knife and starts moving toward Ashe. Sarah gets in the way, and Judah stabs her in the stomach. Ashe gets up and impales Judah on a metal pipe, but this does not kill Judah either. Judah gloats that he cannot be killed. While Judah is still impaled, Ashe calls upon a murder of crows, which fly through Judah. Judah's body disappears as he finally dies. Sarah dies in Ashe's arms, a tableau reminiscent of a painting she had completed earlier in the film. Ashe returns to death, knowing that he can rest in peace.


  • Vincent Pérez as Ashe Corven
  • Mia Kirshner as Sarah
  • Richard Brooks as Judah Earl
  • Thuy Trang as Kali
  • Iggy Pop as Curve
  • Thomas Jane as Nemo
  • Vincent Castellanos as Spider Monkey
  • Eric Acosta as Danny
  • Ian Dury as Noah
  • Tracey Ellis as Sybil
  • Alan Gelfant as Bassett


After the success of The Crow, Miramax commissioned a sequel, and production began in 1995. The Weinstein Brothers offered directing duties to Tim Pope on the basis of his work on a short film, Phone, he made in 1991. David S. Goyer was brought on to write the script. Wanting to avoid comparisons with the first movie and Brandon Lee, Goyer originally intended to have the character of Sarah return as a female crow. Another idea was to set the story in 19th-century England. Eventually, it was decided the story would be centred around two brothers who are murdered in Los Angeles. In that script, Ashe and Danny were the brothers, with Ashe being the one brought back to avenge their deaths. The original script also featured Sarah, Grange and Top Dollar, the last two resurrected to fight Ashe. Goyer was unhappy about reviving Grange and Top Dollar and rewrote the script removing them entirely. Alex McDowell, who worked on the previous movie and had also worked with Tim Pope on music videos, was brought back as production designer and both aimed to give the movie a distinguished look. McDowell took inspiration for the design of Los Angeles by looking at architecture from the 1920s and 1940s.

Returning also from the previous movie were producers Jeff Most and Edward R. Pressman. Both Goyer and Pope wanted to make the film completely different from the first one, aiming to give it a more tragic feel, and for the characters to have more depth. While working on the film, Goyer was also writing the script for Dark City, which was directed by the previous film's director Alex Proyas. Punk rock legend Iggy Pop was hired to play the villain Curve; Pop had previously been offered the role of Funboy in the first movie. Tori Amos turned down the role of Sarah, while Jon Bon Jovi auditioned for the role of Ashe, but Vincent Pérez got that job in the end. Pérez was selected because of his performance in La Reine Margot. For inspiration, Pérez looked to Jim Morrison and Hamlet. A young Thomas Jane was picked to play the villain Nemo. While the filmmakers and studio originally intended to create a substantially different movie to the first one (out of respect for Brandon Lee), Miramax ordered the movie to be re-edited so as to resemble the earlier one as much as possible. Tim Pope refused and he, along with Goyer, eventually disowned the movie, as it did not represent their vision.


Box office

The Crow: City of Angels opened at #1 at the domestic box office and grossed $9,785,111 in the opening weekend which accounted for 54.6% of its total grossing. It also opened at #1 in the UK. The domestic gross stands at $17,917,287,and $7,500,000 (worldwide). The budget was $13,000,000. While the movie was a minor success, it paled in comparison to the previous film's domestic earnings, which were $50m. As a result of the movie's lackluster box office results, future Crow sequels were released direct-to-video.


City of Angels received mainly negative reviews. The main criticism aimed at what was perceived by critics as a recycled plot and bad acting. Noted critic James Berardinelli, for instance, awarded the movie only two stars. However, some critics did praise Vincent Pérez's and Iggy Pop's performances, and Alex McDowell's production design. Currently, the movie has a "Rotten" rating of 12% on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has developed a small cult following.

The film's Blu-ray release has been criticized as not being up to high definition standards. It was further criticized for being erroneously labeled as 1080p when the movie was, in fact, presented in 1080i.

Home media

The movie was released on VHS in 1996. In 1998, the film was released on DVD. Both the "Director's Cut" and the original film were available.

2011 saw the film's reissue. It was re-released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment as a double feature paired up with The Crow: Wicked Prayer. The only special feature was the widescreen format. There was also a single feature release under the same company.

The film was released on Blu-ray in May, 2011.

The movie was released as a part of a boxset with The Crow: Salvation in the UK with 1080p picture and DTS-MA 5.1 sound. The only special features were 2 featurettes.

On September 11, 2012, Echo Bridge released another Blu-ray release of the film (once again, a double feature with The Crow: Wicked Prayer.) It was already being sold at Walmart stores before its official release date had been reached. This version contained bonus material not present in the original blu-ray release.

Pay-per-view/workprint Version

The Crow: City of Angels was heavily cut by Miramax, who wanted the movie to be more like the first one. City of Angels running time was originally 160 minutes long, while the theatrical version was just a little over half of that: 84 minutes. A supposed director's cut was released in 1996, but only contained ten minutes of new footage. The uncut version did however surface on pay-per-view in the late 1990s.

Other media

The screenplay for City of Angels was adapted into a novel by Chet Williamson as well as a three-issue comic book series published by Kitchen Sink Press, both of which feature the original ending of the story.

A video game based on the film was also produced.

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