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Tapeheads (1988)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Mart
Nikki Morton
Sid Tager
June Tager
Mr. G.
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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"Let's get into trouble, baby!" 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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Michael Nesmith: (of The Monkees fame) as Skip the Water Guy. See more »


Student Journalist: As your party's leading presidential candidate, you are a staunch advocate of nuclear proliferation. Does wanting more and bigger missiles stem from a penis envy of the Russians?
Norman Mart: No, son. That's primitive thinking. I will add, though, that I'll put my slab on the yard stick against Gorby any day.
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Betcher Bottom Dollar
Performed by The Swanky Modes
Written by Brian Adler
Produced and Arranged by Bob Rose
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A brilliant, feel-good comedy with an outstanding soundtrack.
30 November 1998 | by See all my reviews

The chemistry between Cusack and Robbins is readily apparent in this off-beat comedy. The film is full of clever, yet not-so-obvious sight-gags including the casting of Zander Schloss as both a heavy-metal fan and an R&B concert-goer.

Sam Moore and Junior Walker pair up as the fictitious band "The Swanky Modes" adding a number of very soulful tunes to the soundtrack. To quote Josh & Ivan in the movie "We love the Swanky Modes."

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