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Tapeheads (1988)

R  |   |  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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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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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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Comedy | Music

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filmsnubbar, afrikagubbar och hemska svenskar  »

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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

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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THIS MOTION PICTURE IS PROTECTED UNDER THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES. ANY UNAUTHORIZED EXHIBITION, DISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THIS MOTION PICTURE OR VIDEOTAPE OR ANY PART THEREOF (INCLUDING SOUNDTRACK) MAY RESULT IN SEVERE CIVIC AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES. BREAK THE LAW -- GO TO JAIL! See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Surfer's Love Chant
Written & Performed by Bo Diddley
Produced by King Cotton & Ian Gardiner
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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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