Static (1985)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 September 1986 (USA)
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A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Blick
Julia Purcell
Barton Heyman ...
Sherriff William Orling
Lily Knight ...
Jane Hoffman ...
Emily Southwick
Reathel Bean ...
Fred Savins
Kitty Mei-Mei Chen ...
Joel Krehbeil ...
Deputy Tom Terrence
Eugene Lee ...
Jack Murakami ...
Mike Murakami ...
Uma Ridenhour ...
Janice Abbott ...
Tamma Allgood ...
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A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around him to see anything but a screenful of static, he charismatically hijacks a bus of friendly elderly people in order to get media attention for his invention. Written by Keith Tyler <>

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STATIC... it's on a different wavelength.


Comedy | Drama


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10 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Mark Romanek has disowned the film, despite it launching him to a film career. 17 years later after making music videos, Romanek made One Hour Photo (2002), which he calls the movie his true directorial debut. See more »


Referenced in Closure (1997) See more »


Composed by Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno
Performed by Brian Eno
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A dark bizarre 80's film that's rare and hard to find.
13 July 2005 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

"Static" is such an awesome movie, but has seemed to of faded away into obscurity. Director Mark Romanek, has also directed the "Nine Inch Nails" music video, "closer" and more recently "One Hour Photo". Keith Gordon of "Christine" and Amanda Plummer of "Pulp Fiction" give good performances. Also, the film has some (as they'd say in the 80's) totally awesome new wave music. I wish I could find the soundtrack. The story concerns Ernie Blick (Keith Gordon) a small town inventor who works at a crucifix factory. He has created a machine in which he believes can show people images of heaven. His long time friend Julia (Amanda Plummer) who plays keyboard in a new wake rock band, is in town for the Christmas holiday. Poor Ernie wants to see his dead parents in heaven. Probably because his mom and dad were much less annoying than his uncle, who's a fanatical religion crazed street preacher. Ernie is convinced his machine works, because he can see the images of heaven. When he gathers people around to see his invention, all that comes up on the screen is static. Ernie becomes frustrated, because people think he's insane. The film is simply amazing and unpredictable. Not to mention, it has a diner shaped like a fish. Actor Keith Gordon went on to direct the late 80's dark satirical teen melodrama "the Chocolate War". I highly recommend both films. Now if only they'd release both these movies on DVD.

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