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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 »

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Credited cast:
Eva Kovacs ...
Kim
John Paizs ...
Steven Penny
Darrell Baran ...
Ronnie Boyles
Jeffrey Owen Madden ...
Skip Holliday
Tea Andrea Tanner ...
Dawn Holliday (as Terri Lampert)
Mark Yuill ...
Stanley Falco
Neil Lawrie ...
Dr. C. Jolly (as Neal Lawrie)
Bob Cloutier ...
Mr. Brown
Donna Fullingham ...
Mrs. Brown
Mitch Funk ...
Young Dad
Angela Heck ...
Young Mom
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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

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

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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.
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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.


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