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Stop Making Sense (1984)

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

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Guitar and Vocals
Steven Scales ...
Percussion (as Steve Scales)
Lynn Mabry ...
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Ednah Holt ...
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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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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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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16 November 1984 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Не ищи смысла  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,166, 21 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,978,922
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The footage was culled from several different shows. In order to minimize the amount of cameras in the frame, one show was all shot from one side of the stage, the next night was shot from the other side. See more »

Goofs

As stated above the concert was edited together from three shows, and it being a "live" show, things not planned happened. The first night, David Byrne puts on the baseball cap that's thrown up on stage from the audience, so the next night it can be seen next to the drums so that he can put it on again. See more »

Quotes

David Byrne: We'd like to thank our crew... goodnight.
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Connections

Referenced in Doug: Doug and the Yard of Doom/Doug's Garage Band (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Once in a Lifetime
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Brian Eno
Performed by Talking Heads
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16 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I bought this film without ever having seen it. I liked the Talking Heads and had heard about the movie. Suffice it to say that I was amazed! The genious of starting with just a bare stage with David Byrne singing his sublime live version of Psycho Killer, then adding equiptment and band members was so weird, so brilliant. The energy and stamina shown by Mr. Byrne in this film borders on creepy. Was there a mountain of coke backstage, or is he a marathon runner? Not for me to know. How he was able to bend that far backwards during Once In A Lifetime I'll never know! All in all a real concert experience, combining the brilliance and showmanship of the Talking Heads with a master director like Jonathan Demme. It's no wonder that their compilation, Sand In The Vaseline, includes two live tracks seen on the film.


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