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Miramax/Dimension Films Presents
An Edward R. Pressman Production
In Association With Jeff Most Productions

"THE CROW"

Music Score Composed by
Graeme Revell

Production Designer
Alex McDowell

Edited By
Dov Hoenig, A.C.E.
and Scott Smith

Director of Photography
Dariusz Wolski

Co-Producers
Caldecot Chubb
and James A. Janowitz

Executive Producer
Robert L. Rosen

Based on the comic book series
and comic strip by James O'Barr

Screenplay by
David J.Schow
and John Shirley

Produced by
Edward R. Pressman
and Jeff Most

Directed By
Alex Proyas

Stunt Coordinator
Jeff Imada

Fight Choreography
Brandon Lee and Jeff Imada

Eric Brandon Lee
Albrecht Ernie Hudson
Top Dollar Michael Wincott
T-Bird David Patrick Kelly
Skank Angel David
Sarah Rochelle Davis
Myca Bai Ling
Tin Tin Lawrence Mason
Funboy Michael Massee
Mickey Bill Raymond
Torres Marco Rodriguez
Shelly Sofia Shinas
Darla Anna Thomson
Grange Tony Todd
Gideon Jon Polito
Annabella Kim Sykes
Lead Cop Rock Taulbee
Roscoe Norman "Max" Maxwell
Waldo Jeff Cadiente
MJ Henry Kingi, Jr.
Speeg Erick Stabenau
Newscaster Cassandra Lawton
Uniform Cop #1 Lou Criscuolo
Paramedic #1 Todd Brenner
Paramedic #2 Joe West
Sanchez Tom Rosales
Braeden Jeff Imada
Jugger Tierre Turner
Bad Ass Criminal Tim Parati

Medicine
James Goodall    Brad Laner
James Putnam    Eddie Ruscha
Elizabeth Thompson

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
Marston Daley    Laura Gomel
Rachel Hollingsworth    Charles Levi
Mark McCabe    Frank Nardiello

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A    W O R D    O N    T H E    C A S T
and  the  characters  they  portray

T H E    B A D    G U Y S

   I thought I'd start by talking a bit about the 'bad guys', seeing as they play such a large role in the film, and are such wonderfully vivid characters:

"A lot of people in the film are bad. They are a very entertaining bunch of characters. I wanted them to have a lot of depth and was looking for very good actors who could provide that. I gave them some humour so that you hate them, but you also enjoy what they are like as people."
Director Alex Proyas
Michael Wincott as Top Dollar

   Michael Wincott created a fascinating villain in Top Dollar. I think Jeff Conner (co-author of "The Crow: The Movie") summed up Wincott's performance perfectly; "His sinister deadpan delivery personifies evil while walking the line between scary and humerous." Myca and Top Dollar
   Wincott (born 6 Jan 1959) grew up in Toronto, Canada, and attended the pestigious Julliard school of Drama in New York from which he graduated in 1986. His career has spanned both stage and screen, including television appearances in episodes of Miami Vice and The Equalizer. Wincott's film credits include many supporting roles. He can be seen in films such as Born on the Forth of July (1989), The Doors (1991), Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991), and The Three Musketeers (1993). But it was in Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest Of Paradise (1992) that James O'Barr (The Crow's author) first noticed him. O'Barr says, "They asked me early on if I had any casting suggestions. I'd just seen Wincott steal the show from Gerard DePardieu and thought he'd make a great Top Dollar. I was really surprised when they actually got him." More recently, Wincott has appeared in productions such as Metro (1997) and Alien:Resurrection (1997). I think most people would agree that The Crow would not be the same without Michael Wincott as Top Dollar, with that trademark deep, rasping voice of his. IMDB page

David Patrick Kelly as T-Bird

"The things that inspired me to create T-Bird were based in the 'Revolt of Angels' in John Milton's Paradise Lost." says Kelly. "The concepts of light and dark, and why evil comes in, and the powers of ambition and greed, and the seven deadly sins; these evil things are completely dwarfed by the goodness that avenges them."

   In fact, it is Milton's Paradise Lost that T-bird is quoting to Shelley during one of the flashback sequences in the film, and also just before he is killed.

   David Patrick Kelly studied at the International School Of Mime of Marcel Marceau, and worked with renowned acting teacher Mira Rostova. He has built a formidable stage career, both on and off broadway, and has extensive film credits. His film debut was in The Warriors (1979) and he has since been in films such as 48 Hours (1982), Commando (1985), Wild at Heart (1990), Malcom X (1992), and on television in Twin Peaks (1990). IMDB page

Angel Davidas Skank

   Angel David has appeared in a number of New York based stage productions including 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore, a European tour of Macbeth, and the feature films Baby Boom (1987), It Could Happen To You. (1994), Kiss of Death (1995) and G.I. Jane (1997). Some of the film's more humerous moments are provided by Angel David as the not-too-bright 'speed freak' Skank - his account of how T-Bird came to be killed prompted Top Dollar's comment "Maybe we ougtta just video tape this and play it back in slow motion."... IMDB page

Bai Ling as Myca

   Bai Ling plays Top Dollar's half sister and equally sadistic lover, Myca. She was born in China in 1970 and was a soldier in the Chinese army in Tibet from the age of fourteen. She is well-known in her homeland, but it took her a couple of years in the USA to be cast in a featured role. She has appeared in the T.V. series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and the Broadway production of Sancho the Bailiff. "I've played a lot of characters," the young actress stated, "but I have never played one like Myca. She's mean; mean and evil.". I think that sums up Myca perfectly... IMDB page

Laurence Mason as Tin-Tin

   Laurence Mason is a first-generation American whose parents are natives of Trinidad. After graduating from New York's High School for Performing Arts, his main priority was the stage. Tin-TinHe does, however have some film credits including Joey Breaker (1993), True Romance (1993) and New York Cop (1996). Mason's character in The Crow, Tin-Tin, was extremely competent with knives and knife-throwing, and Mason had to acquire some skill and confidence with knives in order to portray Tin-Tin convincingly. "Laurence had no knowledge of knife-fighting," Jeff Imada (stunt co-ordinator) explained. "I just gave him some lessons, some fundamentals, how to handle a knife, certain fancy twirls and some stances and movements. Since he's supposed to be highly trained, he had to learn some real-life techniques of how a knife-fighter would react to certain things and how he would make them a part of himself. When you watch the movie, you'll see that he's very comfortable with the weapons - he's quick with them, he elaborated even more so." Although Tin-Tin is not in the film for long, he makes a lasting impression. IMDB page

Michael Massee as Funboy

   Funboy is a .44 wielding junkie, yet another of T-Bird's 'merry men'. He lives above The Pit, a bar where he and the other members of the gang hang out. According to Costume Designer Arianne Phillips, Funboy's outfit was inspired by Iggy Pop, for whom she's designed costumes. The happy face T-shirt that he wears is taken straight from the original comics. Past roles for Michael Massee include that of a transsexual in Monika Treut's film My Father Is Coming (1991). Some of his more recent film appearances include Seven (1995) (where he is barely recognisable from how he looks in The Crow), One Fine Day (1996) and Lost Highway (1997). Michael was the one holding the gun in the accident in which Brandon Lee was shot (No charges were ever brought upon Massee over the incident). IMDB page

Tony Todd as Grange

"Grange is a corporate killer, an assassin who enjoys what he's doing. says Todd. He's not a henchman, he doesn't do it reluctantly. He likes investigating the nature of death. He enjoys it."

   Grange is Top Dollar's lieutenant and private assassin. He spends lots of time lurking in the shadows, but is an important part of Top Dollar's armoury. Tony Todd had gained previous experience in supernatural horror when he starred in Candyman (1992) opposite Virginia Madsen. He had also appeared in such films as Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986), Bird (1988) Colours (1988), Lean on Me (1989), Excessive Force (1992), The Rock (1996) and Wishmaster (1997). As for TV appearances, he has repeatedly appeared in three flavours of Star Trek - The Next Generation, Deep Space 9 and Voyager and also Homicide: Life on the Street. IMDB page

Jon Polito as Gideon

   James O'Barr based the character Gideon (yet another under Top Dollar's ultimate rule) on a mobster in the film Miller's Crossing (1990). The part of that mobster was played by Jon Polito. It so happened that Polito was working on The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) in the same studio as The Crow was filming. Polito was able to work on both films, and so fulfilled O'Barr's ultimate casting choice. Polito's career began on the stage, winning an Obie award for his role in Other People's Money. He regularly appeared on TV in series such as Homicide: Life on the Street, and has notched up an impressive amount of film credits. His films (as well as those already mentioned) include Highlander (1986), The Freshman (1990), The Rocketeer (1991), Barton Fink (1991) and The Big Lebowski (1998) IMDB page

T H E    G O O D    G U Y S

   There are relatively few 'good guys', but they all play very important roles in The Crow story.
Ernie Hudson as Albrecht

"This is a movie where darkness has totally taken over. Out of death comes hope, renewal - a rebirth. I like being a part of that, being a normal person who makes a stand."

   Ernie Hudson was born on 17 December 1945 in Michigan and trained for the stage at the Yale School of Drama. He recieved a Dramalogue award for his Los Angeles performance in The Great White Hope. He has appeared in many films over a period of more than twenty years, including such titles as: Ghostbusters (1984) - plus the sequel in 1989 -, Leviathan (1989), The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (1992), No Escape (1994), Congo (1995) and The Basketball Diaries (1995), as well as numerous appearances in television series including The Dukes Of Hazzard (in 1982), The A-Team (in 1983), Tales From The Crypt (in 1993) and Superman (in 1997). IMDB page

Rochelle Davis as Sarah

   The Crow was Rochelle's first film. She says Brandon was always there to help her. "He's great to work with; very lovable, very sweet." Director Alex Proyas says of Rochelle; "She is a really terrific actor. She has to take all the credit for her performance. I saw my role as trying to make her comfortable enough with the material to just do her thing, be as natural as possible. Fortunately, this seemed easy for her." Davis also has good things to say about her Director; "He helped me a lot. If I messed up he didn't have a fit. I mean, I was all upset and worked up and he just said, 'Oh, it's okay. We'll do it again, just rest for a minute'". The film owes a lot to the fact that Sarah's feelings always seem authentic - "I did one scene with him [Brandon] where he made me cry," said Davis, "I, sort of, know how to make myself cry a little bit, but it's better when it's real." IMDB page

Sarah and Albrecht
Sofia Shinas as Shelley

   Like Rochelle Davis, The Crow was Sofia Shinas' first film. She had, however, had extensive stage and also singing experience. Her scenes with Brandon Lee are full of spontaneous feeling and convey the love that a the main theme of the film, and is what drives Eric to his revenge. "We had the script before us, but we also improvised." she says, "Brandon wanted to make sure that the audience had a tremendous amount of empathy for Eric, and Alex [Alex Proyas, Director] was very supportive of our explorations. Brandon and I were so excited and we wanted to make sure that we did this properly. Alex was very dedicated and worked really hard to help us understand exactly what he wanted, to bring forth new emotions." IMDB page

Not surprisingly, there's quite a lot on Brandon Lee, so has his own page.

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Alex Proyas - Director

Question: The film is unique. Can you describe the look, your vision for The Crow?

"It is different. I guess for me the thing that's appealing is that the hero of the movie has the icons of bad guys in most other movies. He's a sinister looking guy with strange makeup and a very sort of dark presence to him. To make the hero of a movie a character who is back from the dead, that seemed really interesting to me, because usually the villain is something like that in classical drama."

   In 1991, Alex Proyas was a director well known for his commercial and rock video pieces, directing unique spots for Coca-Cola and Nike, and innovative music videos for INXS, Sting and Joe Jackson (He also directed the video for Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over). Alex was not, however, experienced in directing feature films - the only directing credit of his at the time (that I can find) is for Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989), which he also wrote and produced. He is also credited as composer for the 1984 film A Gitl's Own Story. "I was just looking for a project that had a little bit of something different going for it," said Proyas. I think maybe he found just what he was looking for... More recently he wrote, directed and produced the 1998 film Dark City. IMDB page

Alex McDowell - Production Designer

"As far as I was concerned, the comic book was the biggest factor in the look. I think people who know the comic will absolutely recognise it in the film. Eric is a very believable, strong, avenging character. I think that everything that was powerful about that character in the comic comes through. For our purposes his motivations were always the underlying influence on the look"

   Alex McDowell began his career in the late '70s, designing album covers for bands which included Siouxie and the Banshees and The Cure. He has also directed and been an art director on music videos. McDowell was still young and relatively inexperienced when he started work on The Crow. His biggest film before that was The Lawnmower Man (1992) on which he was production designer. Since The Crow, Alex has been production designer on Crying Freemen (1995), Fear (1996) and The Crow: City Of Angels (1996). He also worked on visual design for the 1996 film Silent Trigger. IMDB page

Edward R. Pressman - Co-Producer

   Edward R. Pressman (born 1943) has an impressive list of production credits to his name (40-plus feature films even before The Crow). He has been regarded as one of the industry's foremost producers for many years and has specialised in personal, artist-driven projects, including many for young or first-time directors. The Crow, then, was ideal for him - "It was something I was immediately attracted to." he says. Pressman's other procuction credits include: Badlands (1973 - executive producer), Sisters (1973), Conan The Barbarian (1981) Crimewave (1985 - executive producer), Wall Street (1987), Hoffa (1992), Street Fighter (1994), Judge Dredd (1995 - executive producer) and many more. He has maintained his links with The Crow by producing the first sequel The Crow: City of Angels (1996), being executive producer for the TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998), which is being headed by his own production company, and also executive producer on the third film The Crow: Salvation (1999). IMDB page

 

Hopefully, information on other people who worked on The Crow will be here soon - people such as Jeff Most (co-producer) and John Shirley & David Schow (screenwriters).

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