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Crimewave (1985)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Horror  -  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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Helene Trend
Paul L. Smith ...
Faron Crush
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Arthur Coddish
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Nancy
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Ernest Trend
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Renaldo 'The Heel'
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Vic Ajax
Richard Bright ...
Officer Brennan
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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
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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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Extermination is not just a business. It's a way of life.

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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25 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The XYZ Murders  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

During the storm scene, a newspaper proclaiming "STORM! City in Chaos" is shown. A smaller headline reads "Military seals off Tennessee murder site. Time-space disturbance discovered." This is a reference to Sam Raimi's previous film The Evil Dead (1981) and its sequel Evil Dead II (1987), which Raimi was writing at the time. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Officer Garvey: Where'd ya get the Negro, Butch?
Jack Elroy Jr: Elevator.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Spoofs The Terminator (1984) See more »

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This film changed my life when I saw it
31 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film in the early 90's. I had chosen to view it as I had seen Evil Dead and was interested to see some other Raimi work. This film blew me away with its unique style, nod to film noir, use of black and white imaging and suspenseful score.

The story is an easy surmise, with great one-liners, and efficiently executed by a kooky cast list. The scene that really stuck in my mind is where the two rat catchers are stalking the female through a corridor full of doors - awesome. Please check out this film!!

This film was my gateway to discovering some amazing films.It inspired me to rediscover Hitchcock and to follow the work of the Coen Bros, and Raimi himself.


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