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21 October 1988 (USA) See more »
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"Let's get into trouble, baby!" See more »
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A couple of creative losers accidently become big shots in the video music industry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Cusack ... Ivan Alexeev

Tim Robbins ... Josh Tager

Mary Crosby ... Samantha Gregory

Clu Gulager ... Norman Mart

Katy Boyer ... Belinda Mart

Jessica Walter ... Kay Mart

Sam Moore ... Billy Diamond
Junior Walker ... Lester Diamond

Susan Tyrrell ... Nikki Morton

Doug McClure ... Sid Tager

Connie Stevens ... June Tager

King Cotton ... Roscoe

Don Cornelius ... Mo Fuzz

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Mr. G.
Keith Joe Dick ... Mr. B.

Lee Arenberg ... Norton
Lyle Alzado ... Thor Alexeev

Rocky Giordani ... Hitman #1

John Marshall Jones ... Hitman #2 (as J.J.)
John Durbin ... Hitman #3
Milton Selzer ... Merlin Hinkle
Zander Schloss ... Heavy Metal Fan

Xander Berkeley ... Ricky Fell
Stiv Bators ... Dick Slammer (as Stiv Bator)

Jo Harvey Allen ... Madame Olga

Sy Richardson ... Bartender

Coati Mundi ... Bald Executive
Patrick O'Neill ... Student Journalist
'Agent' Ava Hubbard ... RVTV-VJ
Martha Quinn ... RVTV-VJ (as Martha C. Quinn)

John Fleck ... Critic #1
Bob Forrest ... Critic #2

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Don Druzel (as Jack Cheese)
Jello Biafra ... FBI Man #1

Bob Mclean ... FBI Man #2 (as Bob McLean)

Tiiu Leek ... News Anchor

Scott St. James ... News Reporter

'Weird Al' Yankovic ... 'Weird' Al (as Weird Al Yankovic)

Ted Nugent ... Rock Star

Doug E. Fresh ... Record Executive

Michael Nesmith ... Water Man
Ed Pansullo ... Video Protector
Steve McCambridge ... Window Washer

Danny Epper ... Pimply Guard (as Daniel Epper)
Mike Berment ... Calypso Mike
Jennifer Balgobin ... Calypso Dancer

Michael Franco ... T-Shirt Vendor
Slavitza Jovan ... Tish
Michèle Vice-Maslin ... Mo Fuzz's Secretary (as Michéle Vice)
John Lykes ... Body Buddy

Jeannine Bisignano ... Foxy Extra
Linda Lee Franklin ... Foxy Extra
Karen Price ... Foxy Extra
Debby Lynn Ross ... Foxy Extra
Cherie Tash ... Foxy Extra

David Anthony Higgins ... Visual Aplomb (as Dave Higgins)

Steve Higgins ... Visual Aplomb

Jim Ward ... Dutch Reagan (voice)
Eric Dressen ... Skateboarder
Aaron Murray ... Skateboarder
Eric Barrett ... Civic Security Guard
Peter McCarthy ... Menudo Fan
Joe Cosentino ... Stu Beaumont
Jordan Lancer ... Young Roscoe
James Strong ... Young Swanky Modes
Foy 'Cisco' Brasher Jr. ... Young Swanky Modes / Swanky Modes Band
The Lords of the New Church ... The Blender Children (as Lords of the New Church)
Nick Turner ... The Blender Children
Brian James ... The Blender Children
Alistare Symons ... The Blender Children
Dan Blom ... Cube Squared
Billy Ferrick ... Cube Squared
Thomas Persson ... Cube Squared
Angelo Moore ... Ranchbone
Chris Dowd ... Ranchbone
Walter A. Kibby II ... Ranchbone (as Walter Kibby II)
Norwood Fisher ... Ranchbone
Kendall Jones ... Ranchbone
Phillip Fisher ... Ranchbone (as Fish)

Brie Howard ... Flygirl
Lynn Mabry ... Flygirl
Tyra Ferrell ... Flygirl
Billy Bremner ... Swanky Modes Band
Reggie McBride ... Swanky Modes Band
Sam Taylor ... Swanky Modes Band
Teddy 'Zigzag' Andreadis ... Swanky Modes Band (as Ted Andreadis)
John Mitchell ... Swanky Modes Band
Don Markese ... Swanky Modes Band
Jim Keltner ... Swanky Modes Band
Bob Rose ... Swanky Modes Band
Billy Davis ... Swanky Modes Band
Stu Blumberg ... Swanky Modes Band
Larry Hall ... Swanky Modes Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bojan Bazelli ... (uncredited)
Tamara Carrera ... Prom Date (uncredited)

Courtney Love ... Norman's Spanker (uncredited)
Sherr Warren ... Foxy Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Fishman 
 
Writing credits
Bill Fishman (story) &
Peter McCarthy (story) &
Jim Herzfeld (story) &
Ryan Rowe (story)

Bill Fishman (screenplay) &
Peter McCarthy (screenplay)

Produced by
Eric Barrett .... associate producer
Andrew Z. Davis .... associate producer
Robert S. Lecky .... co-producer (as Robert Lecky)
Peter McCarthy .... producer
Michael Nesmith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Fishbone 
 
Cinematography by
Bojan Bazelli  (as Bojan Bazeli)
 
Film Editing by
Mondo Jenkins 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Catherine Hardwicke 
 
Art Direction by
Don Diers 
 
Set Decoration by
Carol Lee Davis  (as Carole Lee Davis)
 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth McBride 
 
Makeup Department
Ali Greene .... makeup artist
Karen Knopp .... assistant hair stylist
Karen Knopp .... assistant makeup artist
Leslie Lightfoot .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Eric Barrett .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Z. Davis .... production manager
Esther Greif .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heidi Gutman .... second assistant director
Josh King .... first assistant director
Warren Oliver .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shelly Cook .... art assistant
Marcie Dale .... storyboard artist (as Marci Dale)
Leslie Sue Dicker .... assistant set decorator
Leslie Sue Dicker .... video art director
Brad Einhorn .... property master
Elizabeth Flaherty .... art department coordinator
Diane Gamboa .... paintings and small sculptures
Chris Hopkins .... speciality construction
Matthew C. Jacobs .... additional art director (as Mathew C. Jacobs)
Leslie A. Leitner .... assistant art director
Daniel J. Martinez .... sculptures
Drew Ogier .... assistant property master
Cecilia Rodarte .... additional set decorator (as Cecelia Rodarte)
Alice Ross .... art assistant
Carlton Rude .... construction assistant
Gene Serdena .... additional set decorator
Chris Ubick .... set dresser
Lisa Weger .... fetish art director
Richard C. Welch .... construction coordinator
Rick Welden .... construction coordinator (as Rick Elden)
Liz Young .... speciality construction
Norman West .... assistant decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Barbara Barnaby .... dialogue editor
Jeanette Browning .... sound recordist (as Jeannette Browning)
Margaret Carlton .... supervising sound editor (as Margi Bentley)
Valerie Davidson .... additional sound editor (as V. Davidson)
Laura Derrick .... cable
Dody Dorn .... supervising sound editor
Jay Dranch .... additional sound editor (as J. Dranch)
Arnold Finkelstein .... assistant sound editor
William G. Flick .... boom man (as Bill Flick)
Linda Folk .... adr editor
Laura Graham .... additional sound editor (as L. Graham)
Wayne Heitman .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Hogan .... additional sound editor (as C. Hogan)
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer (as Mathew Iadarola)
Eric Jenkins .... additional sound editor (as E. Jenkins)
Blake Leyh .... additional sound editor (as B. Leyh)
Anny Lowery .... additional sound editor (as A. Lowery)
Tom McCormick .... optical negative
John Morris .... sound effects editor
Cybele O'Brien .... assistant sound editor
Gary Pennington .... additional sound editor (as G. Pennington)
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
G. Saunders .... additional sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects editor (as Peter Sullivan)
Ann L. Thornberg .... additional sound editor (as A. Thornberg)
Paul M. Wagner .... additional sound editor (as P. Wagner)
Bob Weitz .... consultant: Ultra*Stereo
Marian Wilde .... dialogue editor
Robert Yano .... additional sound editor (as B. Yano)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor (uncredited)
Giancarlo Petroni .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... special effects coordinator (as Peter M. Chesney)
Lenny Dalrymple .... special effects technician
Mark Herring .... laser designer
Emmet Kane .... special effects technician
Norman Kelley .... laser engineer
Jay Painter .... laser engineer
Robin L. D'Arcy .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Andrew Doucette .... opticals
Magdalena Rangel .... computer animation: RVTV
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunt coordinator
Bob Bralver .... stunts (as Bob Bravler)
Bob Brown .... stunts (as Robert Brown)
Christopher Doyle .... stunt coordinator
John Escobar .... stunts
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (as Gloria Fiormanti)
Gregory Hoffman .... stunts (as Gregory K. Hoffman)
Shawn Lane .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
William R. Perry .... stunts
Rex Pierson .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony John Baggott .... first assistant camera (as Anthony Baggot)
John S. Beyers .... electrician (as John Beyers)
Neal Brown .... video cinematographer (as Neil Brown)
Jeff Buchanan .... electrician
Loren Corl .... grip
Donne Daniels .... key grip
Pat Darrin .... cinematographer: end title sequence
Bryan Duggan .... camera operator
Bryan Duggan .... cinematographer: second unit
Neil Holcomb .... best boy grip
Peter Jensen .... Steadicam operator
Barbara Kallir .... electrician
Shaun Madigan .... gaffer: second unit
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... best boy electric (as Anthony Nakonechnyi)
Richard Ocean .... concert lighting director
Dino Parks .... gaffer
Steven Queen .... video gaffer
Brian Robertson .... grip
Lee Rose .... concert lighting director
Lane Russell .... second assistant camera
Roger Schweitzer .... video playback operator
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Jamie Young .... dolly grip (as Jaime Young)
 
Animation Department
Gary Glassman .... animation: Spylab
Rich Kinney .... animation: Roscoe's
 
Casting Department
John Jackson .... casting associate
Karen Quintal .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephen M. Chudej .... wardrobe supervisor
Nina Correa .... seamstress
Sharen Davis .... assistant costume designer
Meg Goodwin .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Teri Appel .... post-production coordinator
Neal Brown .... editor: video (as Neil Brown)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Michael Gross .... editor: end title sequence
Keith Parrish .... color timer
Caroline Ross .... apprentice editor
Deborah Zeitman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jon Bavin .... music engineer
Sugar Blue .... musician: harmonica solo
Larry Brown .... music engineer
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor (as Jeffrey Charbonneau)
Michael Dittrick .... supervising music editor
Larry Fergusson .... music engineer
Patricia V. Fuenzalida .... music assistant
Nigel Harrison .... music supervisor
David Kahne .... composer: additional score
 
Transportation Department
Jaime Brown .... driver
Joe Cosentino .... transportation captain (as Joseph Cosentino)
Eugene Farrington .... driver: honeywagon (as Gene Farrington)
Dennis Jorgenson .... transportation coordinator
Darla Judd .... driver
Mark Scruton .... driver
Ervin Wayne Spowehn .... driver (as Wayne Spowehn)
Ron Holmstrom .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tony Abrams .... production assistant
Benjamin Allanoff .... production coordinator
Cholly Atkins .... choreographer
Eddie Baytos .... choreographer (as Eddie Batos)
Katherine E. Beyda .... production associate
Tom Cortese .... video production assistant
Conil Cunningham .... parking security
Bill Day .... fetish video editor
Andrew Doucette .... title designer: main title art
Brad Einhorn .... neon
Jan Evans .... script supervisor (as Jan D. Evans)
David Falicki .... medic
Patricia Forrest .... travel agent
David Haldiman .... assistant location manager (as David M. Haldiman)
David Hassler .... production assistant
Marsha Koff .... production controller
Marc George Lafia .... parking security
Lynn C. Marchionno .... assistant auditor (as Lynn Marchionno)
Jessica Nesmith .... assistant: Catfish
Michael Nesmith .... presenter
Craig Pointes .... location manager
Nancy Richardson .... video coordinator
Ken Tennesen .... cop
Lori Volheim .... neon
Dougie Williams .... craft service
Abbe Wool .... fetish video directrix
 
Thanks
Gary Gillingham .... thanks
Dick Hansen .... thanks
Herb Hudson .... thanks
Bruce Markoe .... thanks
George McGrath .... thanks
Menudo .... thanks
William Schreiner .... thanks (as Bill Schriener)
Brandon Tartikoff .... thanks
Ronny Vance .... thanks (as Ronnie Vance)
Jimmy Zavala .... thanks (as Jimmy 'Z' Zavala)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The FBI agent who makes the remark about Dead Kennedys' singer Jello Biafra is played by Biafra himself.See more »
Quotes:
Mo Fuzz:Am I crying?
Ivan Alexeev, Josh Tager:No.
Mo Fuzz:Well I wouldn't be surprised if I was!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making of 'Timerider' (2013) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Language Of LoveSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
If You Liked "Repo Man," You Must See "Tapeheads", 29 May 2012
Author: reluctantpopstar from North Hollyweird

More than just a few similarities between these two 80's cult films. Both have punk rock elements. Both have major settings in downtown LA's industrial area in the 1980's, well before the arrival of loft buildings and gentrification (post 2000). At that time, only misfits, hard core artist types and homeless were living there. Both parody media of the times, including music videos. (Repo Man specifically skewering televangelists and Tapeheads specifically roasting self-help types like Tony Robbins, or more likely Don LaPre.)

Both have goofball government agents chasing after the protagonists. Repo Man has The Circle Jerks doing bad lounge music in a dive bar. Tapeheads has Fishbone doing bad country music in a dive bar. Both have authority figures with "perverted" sex secrets (Tapeheads' Norman Mart with his spanking games, and Repo Man mentioning that John Wayne was gay.) Both films were produced by Michael Nesmith. (Sure The Nez must have been on familiar ground here with Fishman's script, just coming off Repo Man a few years prior.)

As others mentioned, director Bill Fishman employed a number of Cox's previous collaborators, including Zander Schloss, Xander Berkely and Courtney Love. So, was Fishman intentionally, slavishly copying Alex Cox with Tapeheads?

Honestly, I don't care, but the similarities are just so striking that I could not write a review of this film without mentioning them. If Repo Man is a 10, then Tapeheads, a similar take on LA in the 80's is an 8, the film's rating elevated largely by the game, appropriately goofy performances of Cusack and Robbins as the two leads. Cusack is really great in both comedy and drama, especially considering he would go on to a heavily dramatic (and successful)role in Stephen Frears' The Grifters only a couple years after this film.

It's not for everyone, and people use the term "quirky" far too much for my tastes. But this movie really is a quirkfest of the highest order and one of my personal fave pet movies.

(I should also note the similar plot point from Christopher Guest's movie The Big Picture, released about a year later, where the protagonist leaps from obscurity to fame after directing a no-budget, goofy music video which gets his name mentioned on MTV, by Richard Belzer of all people. Yet another element for me to confuse in my addled brain...wait, wasn't Richard Belzer in this movie? Oh no, that was The Big Picture!)

If you haven't stumbled across the movie, and you like Repo Man, early MTV or goofy 1980's comedies, you should check this out. And be on the watch for super brief cameos from Michael Nesmith, Weird Al Yankovic, Bobcat Goldthwait, Courtney Love and Jello Biafra. There's a cast list for ya, film fans.

Now, if you will excuse me, I'm really hungry and could do well right now with a Scoe's Special from Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.

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