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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Billy Diamond
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Lester Diamond
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Nikki Morton
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Sid Tager
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June Tager
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Roscoe
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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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A funny movie with music. See more »

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tapeheads - Verrückt auf Video  »

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$343,786 (USA)
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Courtney Love:  The woman who spanks Norman Mart in the videotape towards the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

[watching a music video]
Josh Tager: Stupid. Inane. Vapid. Mind-rot. Stench. Pabulum.
Ivan Alexeev: Yeah, it's all right!
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Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

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Tender Love Attack
Performed by Darryl Williams
Written by Wilma Raglin & William Zimmerman
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Amusing commentary on 80's music-videos scene
8 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 80's, back when MTV actually played videos, I spent plenty of time with it on in the background, the way radio was in earlier decades. Tapeheads captures that in spades - the glitzy, superficial, just plain stupid, yet weirdly captivating 80's music video scene, from behind. With spoof videos like King Cotton in the "Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle Commercial", and Devo backing Cube-Squared's video ("The hottest thing from Sweden since Abba") in mock-Swedish, and some stunningly good performances by "The Swanky Modes" (Sam Moore and Junior Walker), it sticks in your head. This is no "The Shawshank Redemption" or "Grosse Point Blank" - If you're seeing it for Tim Robbins and John Cusack - this is late-80s throwaway kitsch, and it shows - and there's nothing wrong with that. If you think more "Better off Dead" or "Cadillac Man", you're in the right ballpark. Frankly, it's refreshing to see them in something early in their careers, having some fun. If you enjoyed your videos in the 80's, it's worth checking out.


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