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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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Trivia:
Co-writers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen appear as newspaper photographers during the prison scenes.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:
Renaldo the Heel:I've never seen you here before. I like that in a woman.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Psycho (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
We Go TogetherSee more »

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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
prepare to live 80 marvellous minutes of absolute alienation!, 28 September 2006
Author: pvanhecke from Belgium

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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