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Static (1985)

An eccentric but possibly brilliant young man, troubled by the death of his parents, claims to be readying a world-changing invention.

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Ernie Blick
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Julia Purcell
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Frank
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Sherriff William Orling
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Patty
Jane Hoffman ...
Emily Southwick
Reathel Bean ...
Fred Savins
Kitty Mei-Mei Chen ...
Li
Joel Krehbeil ...
Deputy Tom Terrence
Eugene Lee ...
Dale
Jack Murakami ...
North
Mike Murakami ...
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Uma Ridenhour ...
Sarah
Janice Abbott ...
Sonya
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 <romulus@shore.net>

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

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Comedy | Drama

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10 September 1986 (USA)  »

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One of only two theatrical films where Mark Romanek wrote the screenplay for his films. The other was One Hour Photo (2002). See more »

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Referenced in Closure (1997) See more »

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Blue Christmas
Composed by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson
Performed by Elvis Presley
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weird unknown gem
18 October 2001 | by (OL MUFC Eire) – See all my reviews

"Static" is a precious film. It's a well kept secret, the kind of far-out gem (like , say, Talk Talk : "Spirit Of Eden") that will always escape classification. In a word, it's weird.

Visually, it belongs to the white walls, new wave, ambient American minimalist wave of "Sex, Lies, And Videos", "Bodies, Rest And Motion", "Parents", or the cult Hal Hartley films. The cherry on the cake has to be its soundtrack, complete with sublime atmospheric synthethizer waves by Japan.

The story : something magical happened in a small community ...except noone "gets" it, and a fairly disturbed young man can't get to communicate his sublime vision, and share his surreal "invention". What he has come up with is mind boggling... and noone else recognizes it. Past the suspenseful first half, the film veers into another, more tragic, direction ("Sugarland Express" ?), as he takes on the world. Weird, wacky, wonderful.

Details (like the half-melt crucifix collection, the survivalist, his kids' alien masks) abound, creating a suitably subtle poetic atmosphere. Add to that the fascinating presence of Amanda Plummer, who adds a doubly poignant subplot (returning "home", and sympathising with the loner), and you have a true cult classic of the eighties. -Other possible recommendations : "The Reflecting Skin" , or "The Darkness Of Darkley Noon".


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