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Crimewave (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  25 April 1986 (USA)
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A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helene Trend
Faron Crush
Arthur Coddish
Ernest Trend
Renaldo 'The Heel'
Vic Ajax
Richard Bright ...
Officer Brennan
Blind Man
Hamid Dana ...
Donald Odegard
John Hardy ...
Mr. Yarman
Emil Sitka ...
Colonel Rodgers
Hal Youngblood ...
Jack Elroy
Sean Farley ...
Jack Elroy Jr
Richard DeManincor ...
Officer Garvey


A pair of whacked-out cartoon-like exterminator/hitmen kill the owner of a burglar-alarm company, and stalk the partner who hired them, his wife, and a nerd framed for the murder, who tells the story in flashback from the electric chair.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Extermination is not just a business. It's a way of life.


Comedy | Crime


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broken hearts and broken noses  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sam Raimi wasn't allowed to cast Bruce Campbell in the lead role, he expanded the minor role of Renaldo "The Heel" so that Campbell would be there for the whole production. See more »


The door leading to the "Parade of Protection" has a mail slot, but in an overhead shot, the slot is not there. See more »


Girl in bar: You're cute.
Renaldo the Heel: Keep talkin', baby. Maybe you'll tell me something I don't already know.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see the box (with Mrs. Trend inside) in Uruguay. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


Written by Terry Kirkman
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Catch the "Crimewave"!
6 February 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sam Raimi? The Coen Brothers? A COMEDY??

Yep, and a great one, too!

Even a movie as ragged and dog-eared as "Crimewave" can blindside you with all of its talent, effort and loving detail to the life and loves of criminals, love-struck young men and Louise Lasser.

The look of this movie is definitely one-of-a-kind. You've never seen another one with the kind of color scheme, cinematography and Fellini-esque attitude as this one has.

And what a cast! Not only is Lasser involved but also such dependables as Brion James, Paul L. Smith, Bruce Campbell and Frances McDormand (in a bit part as a nun).

The blinding rate of gags, both visual and verbal, is too high to count. I, myself, have several favorite quotes from this movie:

(quote 1) "Lady, you ain't seen nothin'... YET!

(quote 2) POLICEMAN - "What kind of sicko would kill a man and put lather on his face?"

KID - "My dad!"

(quote 3) "Two can live as cheaply as one!"

The list goes on and on, but why spoil it for you? "Crimewave" is such a rich, enjoyable effort that it would be a crime if you missed out on it. Beg, borrow, cheat, steal, lie and bite and claw if you must, but do whatever it takes to see "Crimewave"!

10 stars and a million mega-"hurts" for this low-budget gem that proves once and for all that nuns can talk when they have to.

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