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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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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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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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Canada

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Release Date:

11 September 1985 (Canada) See more »

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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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References Teen-Age Crime Wave (1955) See more »

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The best Colour Crime Film of all time!
17 October 2006 | by constantcreationsSee all my reviews

I just watched this film today at school. The professor brought it out to cheer the class up since it had been raining and cold all day. He labeled it as the funniest Canadian movie of all time and he really wasn't far from the truth. The beginning of the film is a bit weird and campy, and it's hard to imagine that it will actually produce real laughs. By the end of the first scene, however, you'll have laughed out loud and will be in anticipation for what will happen next. This continues for th entire movie. Every scene has at least a few great moments in it that are really funny (mostly in strange, sometimes uncomfortable, and unexpected ways). Some of the greatest moments happen while Kim reads the "middles" that have been discarded. The Halloween party is also fantastic. When the film ended the effect on the entire class was clear. Everyone was smiling, laughing, and making comments about the very last joke in the film. The rainy day had been forgotten and some students were even whistling the music that had accompanied the end credits. The film is a must see at any time, but even more so when you need something to bring a smile to your face.


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