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Tape -- After 10 years apart, three old friends come together to play out the unresolved drama of their final days in high school. As years of denial slowly peel away, each is provoked into revealing their true nature.

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Director:
Writers:
Stephen Belber (play)
Stephen Belber (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 July 2002 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
Some things can't be erased
Plot:
Three old high school friends pass the time in a Michigan motel room dissecting the painful memories of their high school years. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Small scale, GREAT result See more (104 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Richard Linklater 
 
Writing credits
Stephen Belber (play)

Stephen Belber (screenplay)

Produced by
Alexis Alexanian .... producer
Robert Cole .... co-producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
David Richenthal .... co-producer
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Anne Walker-McBay .... producer
Gary Winick .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
 
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Beatrice  (as Stephen J. Beatrice)
 
Set Decoration by
Christopher P. Peroni 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Marie Thomas  (as Catherine Thomas)
 
Makeup Department
Kyra Panchenko .... hair designer
Kyra Panchenko .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Jake Abraham .... post-production supervisor
Jake Abraham .... production supervisor
 
Art Department
Andy Biscontini .... carpenter (as Andrew J. Biscontini)
Bill Booth .... carpenter (as William Booth)
Jeremy Buhler .... carpenter
Shelley Herbert .... property master
Cecilia Hutchinson .... scenic artist
June Okada .... art department production assistant
Quinn Pawlan .... carpenter (as Quinn K. Pawlan)
Erin Wile .... art department production assistant
 
Sound Department
Ethan Andrus .... production sound mixer
Mike Brennan .... boom operator
Eric A. Christoffersen .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Eric Christoffersen)
Tammy Douglas .... boom operator (as Tammy M. Douglas)
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
Conor Guy .... assistant sound editor
Steven Simons .... sound re-recording mixer (as Steve Simons)
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Maryse Alberti .... camera operator
Clayton Allis .... gaffer
Gus Bechini .... grip electrician (as Gustavo Bechini)
Stuart Kaufman .... best boy
Richard Linklater .... camera operator
Antonio Rossi .... first assistant camera (as Tony Rossi)
Jimmy Simak .... assistant camera (as Jim Simak)
Clark Walker .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Greta Bramberg .... editorial intern
Rachel Goldberg .... editorial intern
Sara Johnson .... post-production assistant
Kent McGrew .... color timer
Christopher Roldan .... editorial intern
Jane Tolmachyov .... tape colorist
Ryan Piers Williams .... editorial intern
 
Other crew
Paul Brennan .... production legal
Brent Cox .... production legal
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production legal
Debi Fieldman .... office intern
Jennifer Gaylord .... production legal
Amy Heath .... office intern
Jory Hull .... title designer
Julia Judge .... creative consultant
Aaron Levine .... production office coordinator
Tommy Pallotta .... supervisor of research and technology
Karl Sutherland .... production assistant
Peggy Sutton .... script supervisor
Mandy Tagger .... production assistant
Sam Connelly .... assistant: Mr. Hawke and Ms. Thurman (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paula Dorf .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for language and drug content
Runtime:
86 min
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Trivia:
Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman were previously in Gattaca together, where Ethan's character was also named Vincent.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jon enters the hotel room the door appears only just ajar behind him, when we return to Jon from a shot of Vince the door is wide open, the next shot it is back to its original position.See more »
Quotes:
Vin:Do you have any idea how much those drugs cost?
Amy:There'll be other drugs, Vincent.
Vin:I know... but, I really liked those ones.
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Soundtrack:
I'm SorrySee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Small scale, GREAT result, 22 September 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

When it starts, Tape seems like a very unprofessional, student film and I was expecting not to like it - but by the time it's reached it's conclusion, Richard Linklater's talky little drama has hit all the right notes and, despite the fact that this is simply three actors spending 85 minutes in one location; Linklater has done what he did with Before Sunrise, and proved that great dialogue is enough to make a film great. Of course, he didn't write this film, and that honour goes to Stephen Belber, whose play this film is based on. The dialogue itself is brilliant, and it's constantly fascinating to see how the characters are built up through what they say. Although we don't know anything about these characters before the film starts, by the end we know about them just through their dialogue, which shows the thought that has been put into everything the characters say. The plot is deliciously simple, which gives all of the characters room to expand and interact with each other. Basically, what we have here is two high school friends that meet up in a motel room for the first time in ten years. While there, they discuss the darker areas of their time together at school…

Of course, for this film to work, good actors are a definite must have; and this film definitely has them! Ethan Hawke massively impressed in Linklater's Before Sunrise, and he does so again here, albeit in a totally different way. The character he has been given here is much harder to like than his one in Linklater's masterpiece, but Hawke shows his worth as an actor by brilliantly stepping into the role, and giving his character a definite grounding in realism. His co-stars, Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman give similar portrayals, and the ensemble helps to make the film what it is. What makes films like Tape great is their ambiguity. Many of the things that the characters say can be interpreted in different ways, and most people will have different ideas as to why certain characters say certain things. The story behind the immediate goings on is well orchestrated, and even though nothing that the characters are talking about is shown; it's still easy to picture it. What happens in the hotel room is also very well executed, and the playwright has made sure that his story is never boring. Linklater's use of the camera is good, with the swirling angles creating a claustrophobic feel within the small confines of the hotel room. Tape is the sort of film that can be analysed in all different ways, and that gives it infinite rewatch value and when the material is this good; rewatching can only be a pleasure.

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