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25 April 1986 (USA) See more »
Extermination is not just a business. It's a way of life.
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louise Lasser ... Helene Trend

Paul L. Smith ... Faron Crush

Brion James ... Arthur Coddish

Sheree J. Wilson ... Nancy

Edward R. Pressman ... Ernest Trend

Bruce Campbell ... Renaldo 'The Heel'

Reed Birney ... Vic Ajax
Richard Bright ... Officer Brennan

Antonio Fargas ... 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
Carrie Hall ... Cheap Dish (as Carrie Hall-Schalter)
Wiley Harker ... Governor
Julius Harris ... Hardened Convict
Ralph Drischell ... Executioner
Robert Symonds ... Guard #1

Patrick Stack ... Guard #2
Philip A. Gillis ... Priest
Bridget Hoffman ... Nun
Anne Cooper ... Nun (as Ann Marie Gillis)

Frances McDormand ... Nun
Carol Brinn ... Old Woman
Matthew Taylor ... Muscleman
Perry Mallette ... Grizzled Veteran
Chuck Gaidica ... Weatherman
Jimmie Launce ... Announcer
Joseph French ... Bandleader

Ted Raimi ... Waiter
Dennis Chaitlin ... Fat Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ethan Coen ... Reporter at execution (uncredited)

Joel Coen ... Reporter At Execution (uncredited)

Julie Harris ... (uncredited)
Dan Nelson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Rob Tapert ... Bar patron in Rialto (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Raimi 
Writing credits
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by) &
Sam Raimi (written by)

Produced by
Bruce Campbell .... co-producer
Cary Glieberman .... associate producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Irvin Shapiro .... executive producer
Rob Tapert .... producer (as Robert G. Tapert)
Original Music by
Arlon Ober 
Cinematography by
Robert Primes 
Film Editing by
Michael Kelly 
Kathie Weaver 
Kaye Davis (uncredited)
Casting by
Barbara Claman 
Art Direction by
Gary Papierski 
Makeup Department
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup artist (as Deborah Larsen)
Carol Jacob Ligori .... hair stylist
Mary Lee Nelson .... hair stylist
Roger White .... special makeup effects
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Cameron .... second assistant director
Claudia Sills .... first assistant director
Art Department
William Allen .... props
Randy Grieser .... painter
Kurt Rauf .... props
Kim Thrasher .... set dresser (as Kimberly Thrasher)
Sound Department
Barbara J. Boguski .... adr editor
Duane Hartzell .... dialogue editor
Burr Huntington .... sound mixer
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects editor
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don McDougall)
Glenn Richter .... boom operator
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound effects editor
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound designer
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Bresin .... special effects (as Marty Bresin)
William D. Harrison .... assistant special effects
Joe Knott .... special effects driver
Visual Effects by
Leon Stankevich .... optical line-up
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Brian R. Carson .... stunts (as Brian Carson)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (as Eddy Hice)
Rick Seamen .... stunt rigger
Dianne L. Wilson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Donnie Allen .... gaffer
Tom Campau .... camera operator: second unit
Jim Coe .... still photographer
Robert Floyd .... best boy electric (as Bobby Floyd)
Ann Lukacs .... first assistant camera
Tim O'Dea .... key grip
Robert Rycroft .... second assistant camera
Eugene D. Shlugleit .... additional photographer (as Eugene Shulgleit)
Tom Stackpoole .... assistant camera: second unit
Bill Strachan .... electrician
Mark Strachan .... dolly grip (as Marc Strachan)
Casting Department
Linda LoDuca .... dance casting
Scott Spiegel .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Haefner .... wardrobe
Marianne Penzer-Slick .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Craig Boyajian .... assistant film editor
Lou Kleinman .... additional editor (as Louis Kleinman)
Ted Raimi .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Fred Aronow .... music editor
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Joseph LoDuca .... music consultant
Bobby Muzingo .... assistant to composer
Arlon Ober .... orchestrator
Paul Ratajczak .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Harry Akers .... driver: camera car
Paul Anderson .... driver
Tony Bressi .... transportation captain
Guy Burdziak .... driver
David Goodman .... transportation coordinator
Karla Kurz .... driver
Doug Smith .... driver: camera car
Jim Sprayberry .... driver: honeywagon
Pete Sykes .... driver: camera car
Other crew
Chris Boluk .... production assistant
Candice Dana .... craft service
Steve Frankel .... mechanic
Jane Goe .... location auditor
Adam Gottlieb .... nurse and ambulance service
Mark Hiller .... mechanic
Burt Kimzey .... production assistant
Susan Labatt .... choreographer
Doug MacGeorge .... location manager
Sandy Makino .... production office secretary
Theresa Makino .... production office secretary
Susan McCloughlin .... production assistant
Chris 'Goat' McLean .... production assistant
Corinne Saaranen-Welch .... script supervisor (as Corinne Saaranen)
William Schmidt .... production assistant
Shalini Waran .... production coordinator
Pat Whitcraft .... mechanic
James R. Powell .... projectionist (uncredited)
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83 min
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The film's original title was Relentless.See more »
Errors in geography: 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 »
Vic Ajax:Hello, Colonel. How are you this evening?
Colonel Rodgers:Adequate. One mother-lovin' hell of a storm comin.' Know how I can tell? Steel plate
Colonel Rodgers:in my head. Yes sir, Korea was no picnic.
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A in-your-face comedy that truly slipped under the radar, 10 March 2005
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

A nerdy security system installer gets himself in a mess of trouble, when he falls for a beautiful woman and encounters two bumbling- but malicious exterminators that one of his boss's Ernest Trend has hired them to eliminate his co-partner Mr. Odegard of an security business and Renaldo 'The Heel' who Mr. Odegard is secretly selling it to… but it goes horribly wrong.

The story starts out that Vic Ajax (Reed Birney) the bumbling security system installer is facing death row for the murders of the security owners and the stunning Nancy (Sheree J Wilson). This is when he recounts what did actually happen that night.

This was a better than expected broad comedy from director Sam Raimi, though he has disowned it because the studio took control of it especially since Raimi wanted Campbell as the lead man. The delightfully fun and noisy story is by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing).

This is simply a real hammy and bizarre b-grade comedy that deserves cult status. It's filled with a lot of slapstick comedy, in-your-face humour, funny one-liners and over-the-top performances from Reed Birney, Louise Lasser, Paul L. Smith, Brion James, Sheree J. Wilson, Edward R. Pressman and the great and always hilarious Bruce Campbell as the sleazy Renaldo 'The Heel'.

The exterminators are played by Paul L. Smith, as the lumbering brute Faron Crush and Brion James as the squeaky voiced Arthur Coddish are truly out-there in a slapstick kind of way, though they might be funny- but on the other hand they are compulsively insane killers. The device that they made for electrocuting rodents- though they have to turn up the notch to men for this job, it's definitely eye catching when in use.

The direction is good, there is a lot of amusing situations with most of the outlandish action happening through the night, especially on Detroit's freeway and in the lively- but gloomy apartment building. Raimi superbly paces it, while the look of the film has some sort surreal mood to it, as the city has an apocalyptic feel to it with it's deserted streets filled litter and mist. The cinematography is typical of a Raimi film very sharp, yet quite inventive. While the style and the look of some of the filming techniques is very much from the golden age of films.

The Coen's script is filled with a great deal of wit and very satirical moments, mostly in the dark humorousness kind… with Bruce Campbell mostly having the best lines and funniest moments and the little boy in lift gave me a laugh. While the characters they created are extravagantly colourful and very cartoon-like, which makes it fun viewing.

My only complaints are the music score was too distracting and somewhat annoying at times, while the weird sounds effects weren't really needed.

Stick around at the end of the credits, as the film isn't entirely finished.

Overall this is a comical and quite funny film… that's if you enjoy that sort of humour.


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