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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:
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Helene Trend
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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

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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25 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broken hearts and broken noses  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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An argument broke out near the end of the post-production between Bruce Campbell and the producers. Campbell argued that he and Sam Raimi had always closely been involved with their own film's editing, describing the behaviour of the producers as "nickel-and-dime-bullshit". One of the producers replied by calling Campbell an "asshole", commenting that the crew had gone severely over budget. See more »

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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

Vic Ajax: [after Nancy nearly got run over by the Exterminators] You maniacs! I've never seen anything like that... are you All right?
[Tries to open the door for her]
Vic Ajax: Oh, you've got the key!
Faron Crush: [the car backs up, and Crush comes out] One more thing child... don't you *ever* call me a maniac!
[Punches Vic in the face and bursts into maniacal laughter]
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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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