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Tapeheads (1988)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  21 October 1988 (USA)
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A couple of creative losers accidently become big shots in the video music industry.

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Josh Tager
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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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June 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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Filmsnubbar, afrikagubbar och hemska svenskar  »

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$343,786 (USA)
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The song "Repave Amerika" appears on the soundtrack, written by Tim Robbins and performed by Bob Roberts. This was four years before Bob Roberts (1992), written and directed by Robbins. See more »

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[Belinda is setting fire to a painting with a welding torch]
Belinda Mart: You like it?
Josh Tager: Like it? What is it?
Belinda Mart: I call it... "Destruction of Art."
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Open All Night
Performed by The Putzes
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I can't explain why but I've watched this a hundred times and I keep laughing
14 November 2001 | by (Tucson) – See all my reviews

I can't explain why but I've watched this a hundred times and I keep laughing, alongside Cusack's Better Off Dead. John Cusack and Tim Robbins were still playing losers and became good friends off camera when they made Tapeheads, as they play bumbling would-be music video makers. In order to get their boyhood heroes The Swanky Modes (played by real-life singers Sam Moore and Junior Walker) the gig of all gigs, they scam and plug their way through unpaid work, Roscoe's chicken and waffles, relentless hitmen and a vengeful politician. Great character acting by Jessica Walter, Don Cornelius and Clu Gulager. Cameos by a ton of folks, including executive producer Michael Nesmith (from the Monkees), Jello Biafra, Fishbone and the Nuge. Along the way are all kinds of catchy little jokes that you either like and remember forever or. just don't like. "We love Menudo." "On spec." The mounting parking tickets. At least watch it for Cusack and Robbins passing the Brothers Against Drunk Driving (BADD) alcohol test: going through the alphabet backwards with your eyes closed, skipping all the vowels and giving the hand sign for each letter.

The DVD is letterboxed and has a strong analog track with Nesmith, director Bill Fishman and production designer Catherine Hardwicke. Much of the time it is as light-hearted as the movie and interesting. Unfortunately, Fishman brings up tons of scenes that were deleted from the film but aren't included on the DVD. I'm sure there's some reason for this, maybe they just weren't available, but it's kind of frustrating - they actually sound funny instead of the usual deleted scene that deserved to be cut out and forgotten. I was surprised that so much stuff was actually cut out, and that Cusack and Robbins wanted to play the opposite roles when they auditioned. But, this ain't the high theater either. At times the analog track has some of those "Remember when that happened" stories, that only work if you really really like the film. But then, why else would you watch the whole thing with the analog track on?


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