MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,907 this week

Crime Wave (1985)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 338 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 8 critic

A young director intent on making "the greatest color crime movie ever" can't seem to finish his script--he has a beginning and an end, but he can't quite figure out the middle. The ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1283 titles
created 27 Feb 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 06 Oct 2011
 
a list of 109 titles
created 21 Jan 2012
 
a list of 200 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Crime Wave" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Crime Wave (1985)

Crime Wave (1985) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Crime Wave.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: John Paizs
Stars: John Paizs, Greg Klymkiw, Margaret Anne MacLeod
Marker (TV Movie 2005)
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In an isolated small town in the Pacific Northwest, Sylvia's teenaged life of juggling two boyfriends and an overprotective father is turned upside down when she discovers she has a bizarre... See full summary »

Director: John Paizs
Stars: Iris Graham, Jonathan Cherry, Philip Granger
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A homicidal maniac is accidentally released from a hospital because of a computer error and heads to the site (a sorority) of his past murders to continue his penchant for mayhem. Dr. Joan ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Nuchtern
Stars: Belinda Montgomery, Viveca Lindfors, Solly Marx
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Van's father, Stan, is fond of video, always taping scenes of daily family life. But he does not take care of Van's grandmother, Armen. Although he could afford having her at home, she is ... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney, Gabrielle Rose
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three performers for six roles: this is the game of the film. A melodrama about two love triangles. In the first, Hagalin is killed by his mistress and her lover. In the second, attorney ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Orson Welles, Juliette Gréco, Bradford Dillman
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Something is eating the residents of Exceptional Vista!

Director: John Paizs
Stars: Robert Bockstael, Lorry Ayers, Ron Gabriel
Curious and Unusual Deaths (TV Series 2009)
History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Steve Herringer, Adam Nicholson, Toni MacRae
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A teenage boy rebels against parental authority and must face a harsh reality when he tries to live on his own.

Director: Don Owen
Stars: Peter Kastner, Julie Biggs, Claude Rae
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young journalist is unhappy with society and contemplates what he can do about it.

Director: Gilles Groulx
Stars: Barbara Ulrich, Claude Godbout, Manon Blain
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A brutally realistic drama dealing with the conflict between northern Irish "patriots" and British soldiers.

Director: Milad Bessada
Stars: Barry Foster, Margot Kidder, Sean McCann
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: John Paizs
Stars: Guy Maddin, John Paizs, George Toles
Hotbox (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Hotbox is a show about a glowing hot metal box from outer space that crashes to earth and is retrieved by a group of scientists. As the scientists examine the box in their top secret ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat Thornton, Sandy Jobin-Bevans, Levi MacDougall
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Eva Kovacs ...
Kim
John Paizs ...
Steven Penny
Darrell Baran ...
Ronnie Boyles
Jeffrey Owen Madden ...
Skip Holliday
Tea Andrea Tanner ...
Dawn Holliday
Mark Yuill ...
Stanley Falco (as Mark Hunter)
Neil Lawrie ...
Dr. C. Jolly (as Neal Lawrie)
Bob Cloutier ...
Mr. Brown
Donna Fullingham ...
Mrs. Brown (as Donna Fillingham)
Mitch Funk ...
Young Dad
...
Young Mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Anderson
Alan Baker
Sandra Birch
Wavne Birch
Edit

Storyline

A young director intent on making "the greatest color crime movie ever" can't seem to finish his script--he has a beginning and an end, but he can't quite figure out the middle. The daughter of his landlord, excited to have a real "movie person" living nearby, tries to help by putting him in touch with a man who wants to collaborate on a script--the strange "Dr. Jolly". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He was a quiet man...

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 September 1985 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Crime Wave  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

There was often no more than three crew members on set, and sometimes only John Paizs himself. See more »

Quotes

Kim: Next, Steven showed me a tape-recording of a speeding car that lost control and smashed a camera he borrowed from the National Film Board of Canada. He lost $2000, and when his movie came out almost nobody liked it.
See more »

Connections

References Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A stunning, sweet, dark piece of work. Find it. Watch it.
1 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film in a video store in the late '80's. I had no idea what it was, didn't recognize anyone involved with it. I rented it. I watched it. My mind was blown. I have never seen a film quite like it before or since, never discovered a film that is as innocent, dark, hysterical, twisted and beautifully odd as Crime Wave.

And the brunt of the credit goes to writer/director/star John Paizs, whose vision for this low budget masterpiece (with great production values nonetheless) is compelling and spot-on. I could gush on and on, you bet I could, but there's no adequate way to describe the sense of wonder that is attendant with every viewing I've had of this film.

Just get your hands on a copy. Trust me.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release? yrussell
Discuss Crime Wave (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?