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Director:
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

  (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
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)

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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
William Tell OvertureSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful mess, 9 February 2005
Author: Super_Fu_Manchu from London, England

Sam Raimi followed up the superb video nasty 'Evil Dead' with this; 'Crimewave' (AKA The XYZ Murders), a hugely enjoyable screwball slapstick comic book of a film, with not a few homages to The Three Stooges and classic Looney Tunes cartoons.

The plot is loose and largely an irrelevant excuse for madcap chases, crazy caricatures and playful one-liners. Sam Raimi shows just as much enthusiastic visual spark as in 'Evil Dead', despite a fraught production. The Coens' script is inventive, funny and faster than a speeding bullet, showing some of the flair that would present itself in 'Raising Arizona'.

Although the central performances of nerdy lead man Paul Smith (who looks like he walked out of a Troma film) and (comparatively bland) heroine Louise Lasser are adequate and entertaining (particularly Smith's 'Ren & Stimpy' style expressions), it's Bruce Campbell who steals the show in a small role as Renaldo the Heel. I'm a huge Bruce fan, from the 'Evil Dead' flicks, to 'Maniac Cop' and even the more recent 'Bubba Ho Tep'. 'Crimewave' sees him at his most OTT, his sleazeball best ("So I'm a heel! So what of it?"). He should have been cast as the lead, all things considered, but the studio interfered. The man is 10 times Jim Carrey and far more charismatic; it's a shame he never hit the mainstream, but he will always been the darling of the cult film circuit.

Overall the film is bizarrely satisfying, genuinely funny and fittingly playful in direction, writing and performances. While it may not be the most elegantly composed film, it's miles above the other bland films of the desperate film decade that was the 80s. Perhaps not one for the average film fan, but for guys like me it's an absolute treat. Well worth seeking out on the elusive Chinese DVD (try ebay).

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