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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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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Ernie Blick
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Julia Purcell
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Frank
Barton Heyman ...
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 ...
South
Uma Ridenhour ...
Sarah
Janice Abbott ...
Sonya
Tamma Allgood ...
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Storyline

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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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 »

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Referenced in Closure (1997) See more »

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Composed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
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Gem
4 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Static is a gem of a film. As moving and dramatic in its finale as any film whilst concerning itself with small town bible land USA. Its pace is slow and its mood is quiet except for 15 minutes in which the main character seeks his Warhol moment. Excellent direction and use of little known cast. White Noise has never been more intriguing. I caught this film on late night television and then sought out the video which I was pleased to get my hands on. If you like Coen brothers work like Fargo and Raising Arizona I reckon you would appreciate Static. Ernie Flick played brilliantly by Keith Gordon (whatever happened to him?) is a character to empathise with and for whom the escape that we all probably desire was his only survival tool.


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