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Crimewave (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 25 April 1986 (USA)
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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.

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Sam Raimi

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hamid Dana ... Donald Odegard
John Hardy John Hardy ... Mr. Yarman
Emil Sitka ... Colonel Rodgers
Hal Youngblood Hal Youngblood ... Jack Elroy
Sean Farley Sean Farley ... Jack Elroy Jr
Richard DeManincor Richard DeManincor ... Officer Garvey
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

Extermination is not just a business. It's a way of life.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The XYZ Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,571, 27 April 1986

Gross USA:

$5,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,101
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sam Raimi: [Oldmobile Delta 88] See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, the body in Nancy's car is an obvious dummy. See more »

Quotes

Girl in bar: You're cute.
Renaldo the Heel: Keep talkin', baby. Maybe you'll tell me something I don't already know.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, we see the box (with Mrs. Trend inside) in Uruguay. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Chinese region-free DVD from Panorama Entertainment is uncut. It presents the film with the extended sequence with Arthur and Nancy from the Japanese laserdisc, the "get away from the fucking window!" line omitted from the Japanese laserdisc and the Vic's overpass warning and Arthur's subsequent pre-death speech omitted from the Region 2 DVD, all intact. The film itself is titled "The XYZ Murders" in the opening credits sequence, with a small player-generated subtitle proclaiming "AKA Crimewave". See more »

Connections

Featured in The 'Crimewave' Meter with Bruce Campbell (2013) See more »

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Rialto
Written by Joseph LoDuca (as Joe LoDuca)
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Strange thing about this film
10 January 2005 | by rcs8See all my reviews

In the mid 1980's I lived in an upper flat on the east side of Dearborn Michigan. Parked out my back window most days was this old, gray, strange looking exterminator's van. One day I turned on the TV and started watching Crimewave on cable. Pretty good, I thought. Then I saw the scenes with the exterminator van, the very one that was parked outside my window. I guess I should have walked over next door and asked "what the heck?!" but I didn't. Years later I was at an education policy conference at Harvard. I sat with a nice older couple. When I told them I was from Dearborn, the lady asked me if I knew Sam Raimi. I said "no, but I think he parked his van outside my house!" Anyway, Crimewave is a decent funny film.


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