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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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
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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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25 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Broken hearts and broken noses  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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John Cameron, second assistant director on the film, would later remark, "I see Crimewave (1985) as a real turning point in a certain way, because if you survived that experience, nothing in the business could ever be as hard again". See more »

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When Vic is on the stairs reading his 'how to' book, his ladder is folded up and leaning on the wall behind him; before Renaldo shows up, it is open and standing away from the wall, and then it is gone after Renaldo leaves. See more »

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Renaldo the Heel: I've never seen you here before. I like that in a woman.
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After the credits, we see the box (with Mrs. Trend inside) in Uruguay. See more »

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Written by Joseph LoDuca (as Joe LoDuca)
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A cult film if ever I saw one
5 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

OK it's 'early' Coen Brothers AND Sam Raimi, BUT it's also a classic. A surreal Laurel and Hardy like black comedy horror. One of the few films I can come back to again and again. I love watching it with some one who is watching it for the first time, just to watch their reaction! God bless Brion James and thanks to Paul Smith for making me laugh so much. A ridiculously cool film even though all involved seem to shun it. Bruce Campbell is a total heel and try to spot Huggy Bear as the blind man. There are many clever scenes involving all manner of slapstick, including the unlikely survival of a severe drop from a tenement block ( almost Spiderman ), a carpet pulling extravaganza and more more more. I give it a modest 10


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