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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bernie Worrell ...
Alex Weir ...
Steven Scales ...
Percussion (as Steve Scales)
Lynn Mabry ...
Backing Vocals
Ednah Holt ...
Backing Vocals (as Edna Holt)
Tina Weymouth ...
Bass, Percussion and Vocals
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Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
Chris Frantz ...
Drums and Vocals
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Storyline

David Byrne walks onto the stage and does a solo "Psycho Killer." Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Bryne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children's drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don't stop, and always make sense. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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song | band | suit | stage | musician | See All (21) »

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Why stop making sense? Why a movie? Why a big suit? Where do the odd movements come from? What will the band do next?

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Не ищи смысла  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,051 (USA) (28 May 1999)

Gross:

$148,443 (USA) (3 December 1999)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. See more »

Goofs

At several points throughout the film, the sound and vision do not sync up. This is particularly noticeable during "Found A Job:" early in the song, a cymbal crash is heard, even though Chris Frantz is not seen to hit one. A few bars later, he hits the cymbal, but no sound is heard. See more »

Quotes

David Byrne: Thanks! Does anybody have any questions?
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Connections

Referenced in Hard Eight (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Found a Job
Written by David Byrne
Performed by Talking Heads
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the best concert film of all time
11 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most concert films really miss the mark. Woodstock is almost unwatchable today. The Talking Heads "Stop making Sense" show was one of the best concerts that I've ever seen. Thank God for Jonathan Demme catching it so wonderfully on film. The only other concert film that compares to this is "Gimme Shelter." It contains the most powerful message of any rock film ever made. It is the anti-woodstock. But "Stop Making Sense" is simply a joy.


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