MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 246 this week

Tapeheads (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  21 October 1988 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 2,975 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 14 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(story), (story), 4 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 25 Feb 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 24 Feb 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 05 Nov 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 1 day ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Tapeheads" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tapeheads (1988)

Tapeheads (1988) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tapeheads.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An aspiring teenage cartoonist and his friends come to the aid of a singer trying to save her family property from developers.

Director: Savage Steve Holland
Stars: John Cusack, Demi Moore, Linda Warren
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he simply must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from... See full summary »

Director: Steven Lisberger
Stars: John Cusack, Robert Loggia, Jerry Stiller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Life in the small town of Grandview, Illinois is one that is just like any other city or town. Tim Pearson, soon to be graduating high school wants to go to Florida to study oceanography. ... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two strangers meet on the road and travel through Nevada on motorcycle to find an elusive spot where they can dump another man's ashes.

Director: Abbe Wool
Stars: John Doe, Adam Horovitz, David Anthony Marshall
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A college student plans a cross-country trip to get laid, but ends up traveling with a young woman. They hate each other, so naturally...

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards
Class (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young boy spends one crazy night out, but soon realizes the woman he hooked up with is his roommate's mother.

Director: Lewis John Carlino
Stars: Jacqueline Bisset, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy
True Colors (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
Bob Roberts (1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.

Director: Tim Robbins
Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When unemployed dockworker Joey Coyle finds $1.2 million that fell off of an armored car, he decides to do the logical thing: take the money and run. After all, he says, finders keepers. He... See full summary »

Director: Ramón Menéndez
Stars: John Cusack, Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen
Eight Men Out (1988)
Drama | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland
Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby
Floundering (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In this scathing and subversive social comedy, life in post riot Los Angeles is dissected under the sardonic eye of John Boyz, an unemployed thirty nothing flounderer on Venice Beach who is... See full summary »

Director: Peter McCarthy
Stars: James Le Gros, Shaka, Zander Schloss
Edit

Cast

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
...
Roscoe
...
Mo Fuzz
...
Mr. G.
Keith Joe Dick ...
Mr. B.
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filmsnubbar, afrikagubbar och hemska svenskar  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Gross:

$343,786 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The band Ranchbone in this movie is portrayed by the real life ska-punk band Fishbone. Both Tim Robbins and John Cusack are big fans of the band in real life. Tim Robbins can even be seen wearing a Fishbone t-shirt in a scene in the movie Bull Durham released earlier that same year. See more »

Quotes

[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."
See more »

Crazy Credits

Craft Servicesss...Dougie Williams See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rush Hour (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Roscoe's Rap
Performed by King Cotton
Words by Bill Fishman & Jim Fishman
Music by King Cotton, Dennis Nelson and Danny Holloway
Produced by Dennis Nelson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Strange 1980s curio ripe for rediscovery!
30 October 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Looking back at 'Tapeheads' all these years later is a strange trip! John Cusack is now a respected leading man and Tim Robbins is Mr. Credibility. Back in the day they were two zany dorks up for just about anything. This movie is sometimes surreal, sometimes silly. Very uneven with some segments just falling flat on their face. But there is more than enough unhinged invention on show to make it something unique.

It might on the surface seem like the precursor to Bill and Ted and Wayne and Garth et al, but there is an underlying subversive, almost punk attitude, that puts it closer in spirit to 'Roadside Prophets' (which also featured Cusack) or even some of the movies of Alex Cox. Cox has no direct involvement with 'Tapeheads', but like his 80s cult classic 'Repo Man' it was produced by ex-Monkee Mike Nesmith, and several Cox regulars appear - Sy Richardson, Zander Schloss, Xander Berkeley, Bobcat Goldthwait, and even (an uncredited) Courtney Love.

The plot doesn't matter all that much, at times it's just an excuse for music video parodies, pop culture in-jokes, and cameos by an almost endless parade of musicians, familiar TV faces, and other oddballs, everyone from Jello Biafra to Connie Stevens. It's like channel surfing while tripping and listening to oldies radio. Just the sight of seeing 'The Killers' Clu Gulager being spanked by Courtney Love while cult favourite Susan Tyrrell urges her on (blink and you WILL miss it!!), is almost worth watching this alone for. 'Tapeheads' may not be THE great lost 80s cult movie, but it does deserve to be rediscovered. There's no other movie QUITE like it! And it will put a smile on your face, guaranteed.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I find the soundtrack? maxzeecoolguy
should this film be on criterion? drmanhattan86
C Word rsheppard52
Who the hell is King Cotton bradshawhhs
Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) cameo jslacker420
Babydoll glitter1982
Discuss Tapeheads (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?