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Crime Wave (1985)

A young director intent on making "the greatest color crime movie ever" can't seem to finish his script--he has a beginning and an end, but he can't quite figure out the middle. The ... See full summary »

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John Paizs

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John Paizs
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Credited cast:
Eva Kovacs Eva Kovacs ... Kim
John Paizs John Paizs ... Steven Penny
Darrell Baran Darrell Baran ... Ronnie Boyles
Jeffrey Owen Madden Jeffrey Owen Madden ... Skip Holliday
Tea Andrea Tanner Tea Andrea Tanner ... Dawn Holliday
Mark Yuill Mark Yuill ... Stanley Falco (as Mark Hunter)
Neil Lawrie Neil Lawrie ... Dr. C. Jolly (as Neal Lawrie)
Bob Cloutier Bob Cloutier ... Mr. Brown
Donna Fullingham Donna Fullingham ... Mrs. Brown (as Donna Fillingham)
Mitch Funk Mitch Funk ... Young Dad
Angela Heck Angela Heck ... Young Mom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaron Anderson Aaron Anderson
Alan Baker Alan Baker
Sandra Birch Sandra Birch
Wavne Birch Wavne Birch
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Storyline

A young director intent on making "the greatest color crime movie ever" can't seem to finish his script--he has a beginning and an end, but he can't quite figure out the middle. The daughter of his landlord, excited to have a real "movie person" living nearby, tries to help by putting him in touch with a man who wants to collaborate on a script--the strange "Dr. Jolly". Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1985 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Crime Wave See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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The poster for Crime Wave (depicting Steven Penny at his typewriter) was actually painted by John Paizs himself, who also wrote, directed and starred in the movie. See more »

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Kim: Next, Steven showed me a tape-recording of a speeding car that lost control and smashed a camera he borrowed from the National Film Board of Canada. He lost $2000, and when his movie came out almost nobody liked it.
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7 February 2009 | by PeterHoltHoffmanSee all my reviews

As far as commenting on the film is concerned, I can only echo what others have already said. "Crime Wave" is brilliant and beautifully filmed. I watched the film today and I found the Kodak film used is no longer available so perhaps another film with just this look will never be possible again?

Now to the exciting news: I have just purchased (and received on 8 February 2009) copies of "Crime Wave" and "Springtime in Greenland" on DVD.

The guidelines prevent me from linking directly to the site but just use Google and look for "John Paizs" and "Crime Wave". I hope the 'availability' clause still won't prevent this comment from appearing.


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