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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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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
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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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Broken hearts and broken noses  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sam Raimi was not initially optimistic about the talents of the Coen brothers. He recounted that Ethan Coen was "just a statistic accountant at Macy's at the time." After reading the Blood Simple. (1984) script, however, Bruce Campbell commented that the screenplay was "great", comparing it to the work of Alfred Hitchcock. See more »

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While the majority of the exterior shots were filmed in Detroit, towards the beginning of the film, the night time distant shot of the city (in red glow) right before the storm hits, is clearly Chicago, as the Sears Tower is quite prominent in the shot. See more »

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Renaldo the Heel: Hey baby, why don't ya come on over to my pad. We'll have a scotch and sofa.
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After the credits, we see the box (with Mrs. Trend inside) in Uruguay. See more »

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References For Pete's Sake! (1934) See more »

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Written by Joseph LoDuca (as Joe LoDuca)
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prepare to live 80 marvellous minutes of absolute alienation!
28 September 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

It is so strange how some films never seem to catch the attention of either the public or the critics. Most would rightly assume the reason being the lack of quality of the film in question, which is indeed often the case. But not so with 'Crimewave', at least not as far as I am concerned.

This film is so far out that most people never ever venture there and never will. There is scarcely anything normal about this film: even other Coen products pale into normality compared to it. And this is precisely the film's attractiveness. The situations, characters, dialogues and overall cinematographic language is absolutely unique. I cannot compare Crimewave with any other film out there, and I've seen thousands. Cartoonesque, surreal, utterly stupid, screamingly funny because not trying to be, the film boasts attributes I have not really encountered anywhere else, at least not in just the one film. Tex Avery cartoons may at times spring to mind, as may some films by French director George Lautner, or Bogdanovich' screamingly funny 'What's Up, Doc?' ... oh, and of course the equally terrific over the top romp 'Raising Arizona'!

Acting as well is so totally over the top that even just trying to take it serious, merely results in total incomprehension on the part of the utterly bewildered and bemused viewer. This film is totally about style inasmuch as even its substance is style.

The incredibly unreal atmosphere the film exudes is - apart from the aspects already mentioned - also due to the lavish use of alienatingly oversaturated colours: they marvellously complement the overall strangeness of the film.

I have seen this film dozens of times and have never had any cinematic blinkers on me and I still get warped and thrilled out of my human, mainly logical mind by everything this jewel of a film can and does throw at me, time and time again.

Approach it for yourself without prejudice, constraint or any other preconceived notion of what a film can, must, could or should be and simply enjoy 80 minutes of marvel!


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