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CRIME WAVE

(1985)
80 mins | Comedy | Music, Media & Arts | Offbeat Cinema |
Provincial Ratings
Newfoundland-
Nova Scotia14
P.E.I.14
New Brunswick14
QuebecNR
OntarioAA
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanNR
AlbertaNR
British ColumbiaNR
Northwest TerritoriesNR
NunavutNR
YukonNR

Director: John Paizs

Writer(s): John Paizs

Star(s): John Paizs, Eva Kovacs

Synopsis:

One of the quirkiest and funniest films ever made in Canada, Crime Wave follows neophyte screenwriter Steven Penny (Paizs), a strangely silent young man who aspires to make the best “colour crime films” imaginable. But Steven has one major problem: He’s only good at writing the beginnings and endings of movies. With the help of a young neighbour (Kovacs) and the mysterious “Dr. Jolly,” Steven struggles to beat his writer’s block.

“Paizs’s midnight-movie-going, crowd-pleasing aesthetic comes with a personal vision.”
— Mark Peranson, Take One

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About the Director

John Paizs

Since filming the widely-praised Crime Wave in his native Winnipeg, Paizs has directed Top of the Food Chain and Marker, and has worked on such TV series as Kids in the Hall, The Adventures of Shirley Holmes and John Woo’s Once a Thief. He is currently the director in residence at the Canadian Film Centre.

CRIME WAVE

Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12

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