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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Tager
Samantha Gregory
Norman Mart
Belinda Mart
Kay Mart
Billy Diamond
Junior Walker ...
Lester Diamond
Nikki Morton
Sid Tager
June Tager
Mo Fuzz
Mr. G.
Keith Joe Dick ...
Mr. B.


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 »


Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tapeheads - Verrückt auf Video  »

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$343,786 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mo Fuzz: This group is hotter than hot. They've sold more records in Sweden than Abba.
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Fetish Video Directrix...Abbe Wool See more »


Referenced in Bob Roberts (1992) See more »


Audience For My Pain
Performed by The Swanky Modes
Written by Gerry Goffin & Barry Goldberg
Produced by Jon Bavin
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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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