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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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Billy Diamond
Junior Walker ...
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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Mo Fuzz
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Mr. G.
Keith Joe Dick ...
Mr. B.

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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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"Let's get into trouble, baby!" See more »

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Comedy | Music

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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

Cameo by Michael Nesmith (of The Monkees fame) as Skip the Water Guy, who produced the movie. See more »

Quotes

Video Vixen #1: [after making the Blender Children's video, the video vixens swarm around Josh and Ivan] Are you guys famous?
Video Vixen #2: How do I look?
Video Vixen #3: Sign my butt!
Video Vixen #1: Teach me to read!
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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 Making of 'Timerider' (2013) See more »

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You Hooked Me, Baby
Performed by The Swanky Modes
Written by Sam Taylor
Produced and Arranged by Bob Rose
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Lets Get Into Trouble, Baby
18 May 2008 | by (Iowa, United States) – See all my reviews

Tragically little seen, Tapeheads is a quirky, fun little 80's comedy starring two actors of fantastic talent: John Cusack and Tim Robbins.

Tapeheads is the story of Josh and Ivan, two security guards who decide to follow their dream of directing music videos after a little fun with security cameras lands them both jobless. Josh, a sweet, intelligent young man is out there for artistic integrity. Ivan is in it for the cold hard cash. Their road to fame and misfortune includes commercials, living wills, 80's hair bands, and a senator with a princess fetish. After stumbling on the senator's secret, Josh and Ivan find themselves in way over their heads.

The film is hard to find, but worth the attempt. For every gag that doesn't work, there is three of four gags that work wonderfully. Highlights include a brief broken elevator ride for Ivan and a music video done on no budget. Watch out for the paint.


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