Crimewave (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes


Crimewave (1986)




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In a slapstick spoof of hitmen and crime stories, the head of a security systems company (Hamid Dana) is bumped off by two gonzo exterminators (Brion James and Paul L. Smith) who have gone from stomping out pesky varmints to stomping out human targets, and one of them does so with gusto. Now the exterminators go after the partner who hired them and his blatantly obnoxious wife (Louise Lasser) and in the meantime frame a poor security guard (Reed Birney) for the murder of the company boss. The tale is told in flashbacks, as the security guard has been tried and convicted and is shown at the beginning, about to be executed.

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Reed Birney
as Vic Ajax
Louise Lasser
as Helene Trend
Paul L. Smith
as Faron Crush
Brion James
as Coddish
Edward R. Pressman
as Ernest Trend
Hamid Dana
as Donald Odegard
Richard Bright
as Officer Brenner
John Hardy
as Mr. Yarman
Julius Harris
as Hardened Convict
Emil Sitka
as Colonel Rodgers
Robert Symonds
as 1st guard
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Critic Reviews for Crimewave

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Despite its ambition and a Coen Brothers script credit, Raimi's second film was a disappointment after his astonishing debut The Evil Dead.

October 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It's of principal interest as an example of the kind of film likely to be made by young people who, though they have talent and enthusiasm, haven't yet any distinctively personal point of view.

October 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Bizarre and entertaining little film that deserves a look.

October 15, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

At the very least, the film is fascinating for the way it merges the dueling sensibilities of its creative masterminds, investing a quintessentially Coen plot with Raimi's love of broad physical comedy.

October 15, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

A strange but not funny spoof of hitmen that disappoints because the comedy is too simplistic.

February 9, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Raimi exibe a mesma energia ensandecida de Evil Dead, arrancando algumas risadas justamente graças ao volume e ao histrionismo de sua direção (e também, em parte, em função do roteiro amalucado dos irmãos Coen).

April 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Crimewave


In a word: wacky. Make that wackywackywacky! From start to finish, a manic, at times surrealist adventure chronicling one crazy night when a co-owner of a home-security business hires two psychotic exterminators to off his partner for selling him out. Neighbors, onlookers, and innocent bystanders all become involved in the mayhem with very broad, often cartoonish characterizations. Great camerawork and imagination with several laugh-out-loud moments (best: the final expression of Mr. Yarman.) Only a protracted car chase/cliffhanger bogs down the silliness. Not unlike an early Coen brothers comedy, and not at all surprising since they co-wrote the script with pal Sam Raimi directing one of his earliest films (which means a great role for smarmily handsome Bruce Campbell as a smug, slick-talking heel.) Five times more entertaining than Spider-Man for 1/50th the cost.

Doctor Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer


Brion James and Paul Smith are hysterical in this very bizarre, live-action cartoon. Bruce Campbell shows why he's the man from day one. Very interesting to see different aspects of this film that have become trademarks for director Sam Raimi and the Coen Bros as writers. The hero is named Vic, so you can't go wrong there. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer


A great dark comedy collaboration between the Coen Brothers and Raimi.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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