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Crime Wave

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John Paizs

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About the Movie

One of the greatest and yet most perversely overlooked debuts in English Canadian movie history, writer-director John Paizs's CRIME WAVE announced the birth of a new genre in Canuck cinema: what cultural critic Geoff Pevere dubbed "prairie postmodernism." CRIME WAVE centers around an awkward loner, Steven Penny, who turns out bizarre scenarios for colour crime movies. Steven wants to turn on the best colour movie ever, but he has a problem, he can only write beginnings and ends to his scripts. No middles! Living above a family garage in suburbia and befriended by the landlord’s ten-year-old daughter, we see excerpts from a number of Steven’s scripts, zany ideas based on get-rich-quick schemes. Finally frustrated by his creative block, he sets out for Kansas to meet Dr. Jolly, the script doctor.


Customer Reviews


It is such great news. Having only seen VHS dubs of this film, It's exciting to see it restored to its FULL BEAUTY!

Canada’s Lost Cult Classic

I literally wrote the book on this film (the book is called JOHN PAIZS’S CRIME WAVE) and it’s incredible and joyful that it is FINALLY available — after being almost completely unavailable since its 1985 release — and if you have not seen this movie then you must. It’s a masterpiece. It’s one of the funniest films ever made in Canada, and it’s brilliant beyond belief. Buy it now!!!!

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1985

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