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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Helene Trend
... Faron Crush
... Arthur Coddish
... Nancy
... Ernest Trend
... Renaldo 'The Heel'
... Vic Ajax
... Officer Brennan
... Blind Man
Hamid Dana ... Donald Odegard
John Hardy ... Mr. Yarman
... Colonel Rodgers
Hal Youngblood ... Jack Elroy
Sean Farley ... Jack Elroy Jr
Richard DeManincor ... Officer Garvey
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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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Extermination is not just a business. It's a way of life.

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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25 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Broken hearts and broken noses  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,571, 27 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,101, 31 December 1986
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul L. Smith's voice was dubbed in by wrestler Dick Afflis, AKA Dick The Bruiser, during post-production. Bruce Campbell states this in his commentary. See more »

Goofs

When Vic is on the stairs reading his 'how to' book, his ladder is folded up and leaning on the wall behind him; before Renaldo shows up, it is open and standing away from the wall, and then it is gone after Renaldo leaves. 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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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) See more »

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Rialto
Written by Joseph LoDuca (as Joe LoDuca)
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Criminally neglected!
23 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Okay, it's directed by Sam Raimi, co-written with the Coen brothers, and features both Bruce Campbell and the late Brion James, so what are you waiting for?! RENT IT NOW! Raimi may have disowned this because it was taken out of his hands, but this shouldn't put you off. That kinda thing happens way to much (see the films of Peckinpah,Orson Welles or Donald Cammell). We can't judge the Crimewave that COULD have been just the one we have, and guess what, it's a damn funny, clever, black comedy with enough "action" to please both the popcorn movie brigade and Roadrunner fans. The film is nearly ruined by the uncharismatic lead couple, but that is more than made up for the star turns by James and Paul Smith as a couple of psycho exterminators, and Campbell as a "charming" Lothario. Fans of 30s/40s comedies and musicals ( Emil Sitka doesn't have a cameo for nothing), the more slapstick parts of Evil Dead 2 and Army Of Darkness, the zanier Coen Bros ( think Raising Arizona or Hudsucker Proxy) or Stanley Tucci's The Imposters should enjoy this zany fun. Oh, and wait til you see the door slamming chase sequence! All this and Louise Lasser too.


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