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Airheads -- The Lone Rangers, a desperate and struggling Los Angeles rock-and-roll band, inadvertently take a radio station hostage when try to get their demo aired.
Airheads -- Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them.


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Writer (WGA):
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brendan Fraser ... Chester 'Chazz' Darvey

Steve Buscemi ... Rex

Adam Sandler ... Pip

Chris Farley ... Officer Wilson

Michael McKean ... Milo Jackson

Judd Nelson ... Jimmie Wing

Ernie Hudson ... Sergeant O'Malley

Amy Locane ... Kayla

Nina Siemaszko ... Suzzi
Marshall Bell ... Carl Mace
Reg E. Cathey ... Marcus

David Arquette ... Carter

Michael Richards ... Doug Beech

Joe Mantegna ... Ian

Michelle Hurst ... Yvonne

Allen Covert ... Cop
Sarah Reinhardt ... Secretary
Lexie Bigham ... Security Guard #1
Lydell M. Cheshier ... Security Guard #2

Sam Whipple ... Personal Manager
Uri Horowitz ... Teen (as Uri Ryder)

Dana Jackson ... Receptionist

Ryan Holihan ... Kid

Kurt Loder ... Kurt Loder

Tiiu Leek ... News Woman
Kurek Ashley ... Psycho Rocker #1
Pablo Alvear ... Psycho Rocker #2
Alejandro Quezada ... Rocker

Harold Ramis ... Chris Moore
China Kantner ... Female Rocker #1
Rebecca Donner ... Female Rocker #2
Vinnie DeRamus ... D & D Rocker

Lemmy ... School Newspaper Rocker (as Lemmy von Motorhead)

Rich Wilkes ... Corduroy Rocker

John Melendez ... Masturbating Rocker
John Zarchen ... Cop
Rennie Pincus ... Cop
Zander Lehmann ... Tyke

Mike Judge ... Beavis / Butt-Head (voice)
Ben Huggins ... Singer
Mitchell Dane Sonnier ... Singer
Monty Colvin ... Singer
Alan Doss ... Singer

Rob Zombie ... Rob Zombie - White Zombie Vocalist (as Robert Cummings)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bunga Hosoi
Jaime H. Campos ... Concert Rocker (uncredited)
Dave Corsile ... White Zombie Audience Member (uncredited)
Kristen Fick ... Lady in Audience (uncredited)

Bonnie Gillespie ... Bonnie Gillespie (uncredited)

Joe Martinez ... Lemmy's Friend (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Biker (uncredited)
Sean Yseult ... Sean Yseult - White Zombie Bassist (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Lehmann 
Writing credits
Rich Wilkes (written by)

Produced by
Todd R. Baker .... executive producer (as Todd Baker)
Mark Burg .... producer
Ira Shuman .... co-producer
Robert Simonds .... producer
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
John Schwartzman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Semel 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
David Nichols 
Art Direction by
Edward T. McAvoy  (as Edward McAvoy)
Set Decoration by
Jan K. Bergstrom  (as Jan Bergstrom)
Jerie Kelter 
Costume Design by
Bridget Kelly 
Makeup Department
Deborah La Mia Denaver .... makeup supervisor
Candace Neal .... hair styles supervisor
Ann Pala .... makeup artist
Janine Rath .... hair stylist
Patricia Vecchio .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Pam Cornfeld-Walker .... production supervisor
Ira Shuman .... unit production manager
Melissa Wiechmann .... assistant production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... first assistant director
William Jennings .... second second assistant director
Richard Oswald .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Aaron .... assistant props
Mike Blaze .... property master
David Brace .... lead man
John Ceniceros .... set dresser
Rick Chavez .... assistant props
Chris Elkins .... construction accountant
Robert Fechtman .... set designer
Richard Herold .... labor foreman
John Hinkle .... stand-by painter
Lawrence A. Hubbs .... set designer (as Larry Hubbs)
Michael Anthony Jackson .... storyboard artist (as M. Anthony Jackson)
Casey Kasemeier .... graphic designer
Steve Kinyoun .... construction coordinator
James Lazelle .... propmaker foreman
Claude F. Powell .... construction coordinator
Glenn H. Roberts .... set dresser (as Glenn 'Spanky' Roberts)
Quentin Schierenberg .... set dresser
Edward Schiff .... construction foreman
Beth Siegel .... art department coordinator
Scott B. Valdes .... paint foreman
Teresa Visinare .... set dressing assistant
Michael Vojvoda .... set dresser
Dwain Wilson .... on-set dresser
Gaylene West .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound mixer
Bill W. Benton .... sound re-recording mixer
Catherine Calleson .... assistant sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Gordon Davidson .... dialogue editor
John Edwards-Younger .... sound effects editor
Russell C. Fager .... additional sound mixer
D.G. Fisher .... cable person
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor (as Avram Gold)
Kimberly Harris .... adr supervisor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Doug Kent .... assistant sound editor
Dave Kulczycki .... dialogue editor (as David Kulczycki)
Donny Miele .... foley editor (as Donny Blank)
Bob Newlan .... dialogue editor
Mark Pappas .... foley editor
Paul Parsons .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Mark Steinbeck .... cable person
Hamilton Sterling .... supervising sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
John Joseph Thomas .... sound effects editor
Ulrika Akander .... sound editor (uncredited)
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Steve Richardson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Daniel Chuba .... special effects producer
Jamie Dixon .... special effects coordinator
David P. Kelsey .... special effects coordinator (as Dave Kelsey)
Rebecca Marie .... special effects art director
Visual Effects by
Kamran Manoochehri .... rendering software
Larry Weiss .... CG animator: PDI
John Ashker .... stunts
Rick Avery .... stunts
Jeff Cadiente .... stunts
Jim Crawford .... stunts
Phil Culotta .... stunts
Ousaun Elam .... stunts
Kurtis Epper .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Rick Kahana .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Anthony Kramme .... stunts
Eddie Matthews .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunts
Bob McGovern .... stunts
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
J.D. Rifkin .... stunts
Scott Rogers .... stunts
Lynn Salvatori .... stunts
Lincoln Simonds .... stunts
Monty L. Simons .... stunts
Pete Turner .... stunts
Eddie Yansick .... stunts
Pamela Manning .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Martinez .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Butters .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Dubois .... chief lighting technician (as David DuBois)
Christopher Duskin .... first assistant camera
Don Estes .... grip
Christopher Dunn George .... additional first assistant camera (as Christopher George)
Jack Glenn .... dolly grip
Chris Haarhoff .... Steadicam operator
Steve Irwin .... video playback operator
Michael Konrad .... lighting technician: musco light
Thom Lairson .... second assistant camera
Lonnie Leslie .... grip
Dickinson H. Luke .... electrician (as Dickie Luke)
Steven C. Marshall .... camera production assistant (as Steve Marshall)
Craig Molsberry .... electrician
John Morris .... grip
Karl Owens .... Steadicam assistant
Christopher Prampin .... electrician (as Chris Prampin)
Rusty Reilly .... best boy grip
Frank Tobin .... best boy: Fox
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... key grip (as Manny Vouniozos)
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
Bobby West .... best grip: Fox
Dave Wood .... electrician
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Amie Slate .... animator
Casting Department
Kerry Barden .... casting associate: New York
Terrence Harris .... extras casting
Trevor James .... extras casting
Carl Joy .... extras casting
Jennifer Low Sauer .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erin Folsey .... assistant costume designer
David Mayreis .... set costumer
Elaine Ramires .... key costumer
Susan Roberts .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Kate Crossley .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Alexandra Leviloff .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Chapman .... song producer
Kate Crossley .... apprentice music editor
Michael Farrow .... scoring mixer: Los Angeles (as Mike Farrow)
Lonn Friend .... music supervisor
Geoffrey Gordon .... musician: score
Michael T. Ryan .... music editor
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
Neil Stubenhaus .... musician: score
David Torn .... musician: score
Lia Vollack .... music coordinator
Happy Walters .... additional music supervisor
Kurt Wortman .... musician: score
Transportation Department
James C. Taylor .... transportation coordinator (as James Taylor)
Stanley R. Webber .... transportation captain
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Debbi Anderson .... production accountant (as Debbie Anderson)
Scott Ansell .... scoring mixer: New York
Miracle Beauchamp .... assistant: Mr. Lehmann
Don Burrows .... police coordinator
Steve Dayan .... location manager (as Steve A. Dayan)
Dawnie DeSantis .... set production assistant
Randall Dudley .... set production assistant
Coleman Eisner .... set production assistant
Wardell Eisner .... production office assistant
Sydney Gilner .... script supervisor
Donna Gross .... assistant location manager
Mitch Harris .... caterer
Kenneth Hunter .... assistant location manager
Jeffrey F. January .... set production assistant (as Jeff January)
Michael G. Kehoe .... craft service (as Michael Kehoe)
Jessica Krekorian .... set production assistant
Dave Latham .... assistant: Mr. Shuman
Ingrid Lenie .... assistant: Mr. Burg
Betty Linn .... animal trainer
Kimberlee Lucas .... assistant production accountant
Dorene Lauer Martin .... unit publicist
Hank McGill .... first aid
Monte McKee .... extras coordinator
Kevin McKie .... set production assistant
Jonise Misiewicz .... payroll accountant
April Pearce .... assistant accountant
Peter Riche .... production office assistant
Sharon Sacks .... teacher
Wolfie Saiko .... set production assistant
Matt Shire .... set production assistant
Rita Smith .... assistant: Mr. Simonds
James Traynor .... set production assistant (as Jay Traynor)
Tyler Vradenburg .... set production assistant
Mark Waters .... set production assistant
Brad Wilson .... craft service
Marc Bernard .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Françoise Dessaigne .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Scott Mislan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Hardrock hijack" - Japan (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for crude dialogue and some sexuality
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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When addressing the crowd of rockers, Chazz declares "They've got the guns, we've got the numbers!" This is a line from the song Five to One by The Doors.See more »
Continuity: When Beech initially goes through the air vent in the ceiling looking for a cell phone it shows the top of the desk with the cell phone there, a Rolodex card falls next to the cell phone. The camera then pans back to Beech who looks around, then the camera pans back to the top of the desk where the cell phone is showing, however the Rolodex card is no longer there.See more »
[first lines]
Ian:[on the air] Oh yeah! That was for all you pinheads out there too hip to take off your leather jackets in this 95 degree heat. Now I know when the weather gets like this it brings all you nut bags out of the wood pile. And since I am a trouble magnet, I have one thing to say to you bozos, and that is, back off. Here's the Sons of Thunder from the debut album Scrabbled Eggs and Wobbly Legs. You're listening to Ian Shock, on the station with more hair, more flair, yet so debonair, KPPX. Rebel radio-O-O-O.
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The Music! All About The Music!!!, 3 February 2007
Author: CrassActionHero from United States

Airheads (1994)

Review: Airheads is a good movie. This is a comedy but the movie's strength is through the music and knowledge of the music as well.

The casting is fine. Brendan Fraser is pretty good as Chazz. Steve Buscemi is awesome as Rex. Adam Sandler on the other hand felt awkward here. While Fraser and Buscemi seemed to enjoy there roles, Sandler felt off key. He was not bad, just unbalanced if you will.

However the plot is fine. Three frustrated musicians hold a radio station hostage to finally play their demo. The demo gets fried and all hell breaks loose. Their is some nice humor here and some fine acting. We get other nice appearances by Mike McKean and Judd Nelson as well.

What works is the gathering of all the metal-heads outside the station in unified glory to the freedom of true radio. Run by people like them. I also liked the band stickers inside the band's van. All sorts of true underground metal bands to be noticed on the wall of that van! The knowledge of metal is well put. I LOVED it when Chazz insulted the Seattle grunge scene! (As he called it, Seattle bull s**t) Wonderful. This movie knows that all rock music is not the same thing!

The movie is filled with great music and some nice comedy to boot. An appearance by White Zombie was also excellent too. Be sure to check out a cameo by none other than Lemmy! If you are metal, you know who i'm talking about!

The Last Word: Killer music! All metal-heads unite! This is the movie that takes metal more seriously. Fun times. Airheads rocks!

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