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Writers:
Ethan Coen (written by) &
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Release Date:
25 April 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Extermination is not just a business. It's a way of life.
Plot:
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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Cast

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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
Ann Marie Gillis ... Nun

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)

Robert G. Tapert ... Bar patron in Rialto (uncredited)
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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
Robert G. Tapert .... producer
 
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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
83 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Director Trademark: [Sam Raimi] [Oldmobile Delta 88]See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Arthur Coddish:[Is about to electrocute Vic] How do you like it, medium or well-done?
[Evil maniacal laughter]
Nancy:Victor!
Vic Ajax:Nancy!
[She throws him a baseball bat, and he smashes Arthur's machine with it]
Arthur Coddish:You broke my shocker!
Vic Ajax:Mister, you've done some bad things and I'm gonna deal out some swift justice!
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Soundtrack:
William Tell OvertureSee more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Much better than I expected, 27 August 2001
Author: Dan Harkless from United States

I hadn't heard anything good about this film, and its obscurity didn't lend much credence to the theory that it was any good, but it seemed impossible to me that coming from Joel & Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, that it good be totally lacking in quality.

And indeed it isn't. I'm surprised this film isn't more popular in the cult world. There's plenty of trademark Coen Bros. dialogue, Sam Raimi crazy camera moves (indeed in this sense this film is more entertaining than his recent sedate mainstream work), and Bruce Campbell charming cheesiness. I wish someone would release this out-of-print film on DVD so more genre fans would have the opportunity to check it out.

I guess one problem people might have with the film is that they're trying to watch it as a straight comedy. From this perspective, I guess the film is at best uneven. But the film's purpose is as much to pay tribute to vanished 30s and 40s movie conventions as it is to make you laugh. This is fun, because while the Coen Bros. keep returning to that time period in their movies, this is the only time they really play with the *film* style of that period -- their other views on the past are filmed through a modern lense (figuratively and literally). Likewise for Raimi, who hasn't had much other opportunity for this beyond some "Three Stooges" schtick in the "Evil Dead" series. The only other film I've seen that pulls off this kind of tribute is Richard Elfman's brilliantly quirky "Forbidden Zone" (which admittedly does it better). Both films, for instance, feature the classic wipe consisting of a black circle that closes in on the shot, ceasing contraction for a moment to frame an actor's face as they do a final take, and then contracting the rest of the way to a black screen.

I guess one thing that might have lifted this movie to greater heights would have been if Bruce Campbell had been allowed to play leading man Vic as was originally intended (but disallowed by the studio, per Bruce's excellent autobiography "If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor"). While Reed Birney competently plays the fumbling pipsqueak (and actually brings a more poindexterish quality to the role than Bruce physically would have been able to), he just doesn't have the charisma to really pull you in. Oh well -- Renaldo "The Heel" is a classic Campbell character, so there's some consolation there.

A parting note is that Arlon Ober, a primary composer of the brilliant score to the "Robotech" series, provides a wonderful score here as well, one of only 11 he's done, per IMDb. Almost worth seeking this out just for his great, fun score (the ending credits song is especially smile-inducing).

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