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1975 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Priscilla Alden ... Ethel Janowski
Michael Flood ... John
Jane Lambert ... Mrs. Janowski
Robert Copple

George 'Buck' Flower ... Detective (as C.L. Lefleur)
Ginna Martine ... Mrs. Kendley (as Gina Martine)
Cliff McDonald ... Dr. Gerard
Charles Egan ... Drunk Man
Sonny La Rocca
Sandra Shotwell ... Nurse
Lisa Farros ... Rosalie

Directed by
Nick Millard  (as Nick Philips)
Writing credits
Nick Millard (screenplay) (as Nick Philips)

Produced by
Frances Millard .... producer
Cinematography by
Karil Ostman 
Film Editing by
John Lincoln 
Casting by
Harold Morris 
Art Direction by
Charles R. Fenwick 
Makeup Department
Gigo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ray Sikes .... unit manager
Sound Department
Ronald Gertz .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Bange .... still photographer
Francois Truchon .... camera operator
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Dave Cox .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Crazy Fat Ethel" - USA (alternative title)
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61 min
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Rosalie is played by Micheal Flood, an actress with a man's name, which is a common misconception.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (about 44 min) When John is repeatedly getting sliced to death by Ethel, it's obvious that she's beating the weapon onto the victim's back and thus there is no blood visible on the shirt or slice sounds accompanying for that matter if this was the real deal.See more »
Ethel Janowski:[after putting her grandmother's body in a laundry bag and dragging it down the hall] Hey Granny, if you stink the worst you have to be first.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fascinatingly bizarre diamond in the rough, 5 November 2011
Author: Sandcooler from Belgium

Vile, crude, disgusting, hideous, degrading, nonsensical: "Criminally Insane" (AKA "Crazy Fat Ethel". Seriously.) is a movie that just has it all. It's a bewildering exercise in bad taste, merely watching it makes you feel like you desperately need to take a shower. Furthermore, it has the unique ability to make everything some people hate about Z-grade schlock into a merit. Just take the film stock this movie is shot on, for example. It looks like someone was embalmed in it, but that's exactly how you want it to look. Forget about the pretty colors and high definition, this right here is what it's all about. The actors also add a lot to the general uncomfortable atmosphere: Priscilla Alden is great as the deadpan lead, but the bit characters are actually just as good. The spineless Sarah Jessica Parker-faced sister who just for the hell of it is also a prostitute, her abusive make-up wearing boyfriend/pimp, the random drunk dude (a sadly brief cameo), the shock therapist, the oddball police inspector, you don't want any of these people living next door. Oh, and then there's the dialogue. This script is so full of gems that it's hard to keep up, can humor get any darker than this? I don't know how "Criminally Insane" was ever intended, but the finished product is incredibly awesome. Dig it up if you can, it's totally worth it.

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