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Tapeheads (1988)

A couple of creative losers accidently become big shots in the video music industry.

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Josh Tager
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Samantha Gregory
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Norman Mart
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Belinda Mart
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Kay Mart
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Lester Diamond
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Nikki Morton
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Sid Tager
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After being fired from their jobs as security guards, Josh and Ivan form Video Aces, a video production company. Using Josh's talent and Ivan's business savvy, they attempt to hit it big in the business while doing projects they want to do. Among those whose paths cross with theirs are Norman Mart, an extremely right-wing presidential candidate; Samantha Gregory, a scheming music reporter; and Mo Fuzz, a producer willing to give them a chance or three if they'll work on spec. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Tapeheads - Verrückt auf Video  »

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$343,786 (USA)
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Trivia

The FBI agent who makes the remark about Dead Kennedys' singer Jello Biafra is played by Biafra himself. See more »

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Ivan Alexeev: [to Josh] Negativity festers in you, man!
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Crazy Credits

After the final credits, there is one minute of video static with the following superimposed text: Oh ... and by the way, the next time you're passing through Santa Monica, CA., stop in at Renee's Courtyard Cafe. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

You Hooked Me, Baby
Performed by The Swanky Modes
Written by Sam Taylor
Produced and Arranged by Bob Rose
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Dryly irreverent...ridiculous...and sometimes very funny
7 July 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

"Tapeheads", a scrappy, intermittently funny spoof of the music video business, might have been the perfect comedic short, and stars John Cusack and Tim Robbins are effortlessly in the swing of the nonsensical chaos involved. They play two semi-savvy security guards in Los Angeles who start their own company, Video Aces, making hilarious videos for groups, parties, and one deathbed star. It's too bad the filmmakers had to invent a dim side-plot to pad the running time (shenanigans involving a crooked politician and his henchmen which doesn't do much except take away from the movie's primary strength, sending-up the music culture of the late-'80s). Still, Cusack and Robbins create a couple of originals here: nerdy but loose, street-smart without being hipsters or posers, these guys are on the same nutty wavelength, and they never put each other down. They're the real thing in buddy-comedies. *1/2 from ****


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