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Stop Making Sense -- An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

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16 November 1984 (West Germany) See more »
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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The best, the weirdest, what else? See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bernie Worrell ... Keyboards
Alex Weir ... Guitar and Vocals
Steven Scales ... Percussion (as Steve Scales)
Lynn Mabry ... Backing Vocals
Ednah Holt ... Backing Vocals (as Edna Holt)
Tina Weymouth ... Bass, Percussion and Vocals

Jerry Harrison ... Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
Chris Frantz ... Drums and Vocals

David Byrne ... Vocals and Guitar

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Demme 
Talking Heads 

Produced by
Gary Goetzman .... producer
Gary Kurfirst .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Byrne 
Chris Frantz 
Jerry Harrison 
Talking Heads 
Tina Weymouth 
 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth 
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Day 
 
Production Management
Charles Myers .... production manager (as Charles A. Myers)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Looney .... second assistant director
Joe Viola .... first assistant director (as Joseph A. Viola)
 
Sound Department
David Byrne .... re-recording supervisor
Mike Carver .... boom operator
Alan Chinowsky .... live recording engineer
Jonathan Demme .... re-recording supervisor
Walter A. Gest .... re-recording recordist
Gary Goetzman .... re-recording supervisor
Jerry Harrison .... re-recording supervisor
Steve Maslow .... re-recording engineer
Mark Wolfson .... sound consultant
Billy Youdelman .... production mixer
Rick Coberly .... sound (uncredited)
Stan Horine .... sound (uncredited)
Charles Butch Watson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank DeMarco .... special effects master
Dave Sarger .... assistant special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... special visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Beaird .... grip (as Bill Beaird)
David Byrne .... lighting design
Mike Chevalier .... camera operator
Jeff Cronenweth .... second assistant camera
Beverly Emmons .... lighting design
Bob Fine .... electrician
Anthony Francesco .... first assistant camera (as Tony Francesco)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Lloyd Gowdy .... electrician
John Graham .... film loader
Michael Greenlee .... electrician
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Khan Griffith .... grip
Frederick Hamm .... second assistant camera (as Fred Hamm)
Charlie Hammerschmitt .... camera operator (as Charlie Hammerschmidt)
Daniel Hernández .... electrician
Ernest Holzman .... second assistant camera (as Ernie Holzman)
László Horváth .... grip (as Lazlo Horvath)
Susan C. Ingram .... second assistant camera (as Susan Ingram)
Stephen V. Isbell .... grip (as Steve Isbell)
Robert Isenberg .... camera operator (as Robert Eisenberg)
Johnny E. Jensen .... camera operator (as John Jensen)
Kevin Jewison .... first assistant camera (as Kevin Jewson)
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera
Thomas Kessler .... electrician
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette Jr.)
Joseph Martens .... electrician
Rick Martens .... gaffer
Steve McLean .... first assistant camera
Fred Muncey .... best boy
Andy Romanoff .... video assist coordinator
Phillip R. Sarabia .... grip (as Phil Sarabia)
Art Schwab .... first assistant camera
Bernie Schwartz .... grip
Robert Seaman .... camera operator
Bing Sokolsky .... first assistant camera
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Robert Thomas)
Greg Walters .... film loader
Greg Walters .... second assistant camera (as Gregory Walters)
Doug Willis .... dolly grip
Mario Zavala .... second assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail Blacker .... costume: David Byrne's big suit
Laura Langdon .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Barry Dresner .... apprentice film editor
Greg Goetzman .... post-production best boy
Catherine Peacock .... assistant film editor
Barbara Pokras .... additional editor
Jim Prior .... assistant film editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Scot Olive .... colorist: HD remastering (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nancy Fogarty .... music editor
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Joel Moss .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Walt Freitas .... transportation
Wayne Nelson .... transportation
 
Other crew
Gerry Bakalian .... film liaison
Clive Brinworth .... stage crew
David Byrne .... conceived for the stage by
John Chimples .... slide wrangler
Robin Citrin .... production assistant
Rick Coberly .... monitor man
Bryan Curry .... production assistant (as Brian Curry)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
Michael Fish .... production assistant
Jeffrey Hooper .... stage sound
Hans Kastensmith .... stage coordinator
Adelle Lutz .... creative
Cathy Malcolm .... production assistant
Eileen McGuire .... accountant
Sandy McLeod .... visual consultant
Matthew Murphy .... road manager
Sean Myers .... production assistant
June Petersen .... production associate
Jim Piccirillo .... production assistant
Dave Powell .... stage crew
Abigail Rosen .... chief light
Dave Russell .... stage manager
Ken Ryan .... auditor
Nook Schoendfield .... stage light
Jeff Shaw .... stage crew
Tommy Smith .... stage crew
W. Thomas Snyder .... key production assistant (as Tom Snyner)
Lou Stone .... production assistant
Butch Watson .... stage crew
 
Thanks
JoAnne Akalaitis .... special thanks (as Joanne Akalaitis)
Hal Ashby .... special thanks
Jeff Ayeroff .... special thanks
Steve Baker .... special thanks
Susan Doi .... special thanks
Katie Elliott .... special thanks
Kate Gaffin .... special thanks
David Gary .... special thanks
Nadia Ghaleb .... special thanks
Wendell K. Harrington .... special thanks (as Wendell Harrington)
Elliott Hoffmann .... special thanks
Craig McKay .... special thanks
John Moran .... special thanks
Nick Newton .... special thanks
Bert Padell .... special thanks
Robert Raring .... special thanks
Stephanie Spruill .... special thanks
Andrea Starr .... special thanks
Michael Tronick .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
88 min | 100 min (VHS)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (1999 re-release) | Stereo

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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:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hard Eight (1996)See more »
Soundtrack:
Slippery PeopleSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The best, the weirdest, what else?, 16 January 2004
Author: davidbyrne77 from ottawa

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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