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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:
Past ignited in motel room.... 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:
The first three minutes of the movie have no dialogue.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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47 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Past ignited in motel room...., 16 January 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

This film took me two days to decide whether I liked it or not. When the final credits rolled, rather creatively at that, I couldn't figure out if this was pure brilliance on the part of Richard Linklater, or if it was nothing more than a group of friends trying to make an independent film. I could not decide. I even listened to the audio commentary of Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater to see if I could capture their mood of the film to hopefully influence mine. While it was a very interesting audio commentary, it only provided more indecisiveness. After thinking about this for two days, I finally thought about it long enough and realized that if a film makes you think for two days after viewing, there has to be something spectacular about it, and there was. After two days I was able to put my finger on it. You had a very chilling story, a deeply disturbing confession, a powerhouse of acting by Robert Sean Leonard and Uma Thurman, and then there was Ethan Hawke. I put him aside because it was his acting, his portrayal of Vince that took away the inches of film that nearly made it into perfection. Let me explain.

This is a story, that on the surface seems small, is very large in structure. While its only setting is inside a motel room, the written word by Stephen Belber transforms this into a thrilling drama about past lives and future consequences. From the opening scene of Hawke throwing his beers into the motel door until the final dramatic conclusion where Vince is caught up in the web of his own lies, we never really know anything about him. Leonard talks briefly about what he is doing and why he is currently single, but we never really get to know Ethan's character. This is what muddled in my mind for those two days, I continually had to ask myself who Vince really was. Was he a friend trying to help Leonard with a guilty conscious, or was he on the side of Amy trying to give her the conclusion that she wanted. Who knows? I think I needed more structure with Ethan's Vince. We needed more from Linklater to help us understand this self-appointed villain, or even more from Ethan to reveal his ultimate purpose. Instead, what occurred was Ethan just jumping around being annoying with no purpose except what you could hear Linklater telling him. Here is what I could hear: "Ok, Ethan, your purpose in this scene is to ensure that Leonard doesn't leave, do whatever it takes". Ethan takes this direction and adds a couple of swear words and uses screaming to keep him in the room instead of countering with more plot. Does this make sense? I felt like I knew why Leonard and Thurman were there in that room, but WHY Ethan was bringing them together was never told. I know that perhaps it was left up to the viewer, but this story needed a hint. It needed to provide some reasoning for the situation. I felt Ethan held us back from learning that. Someone else in the role may have done better, but Ethan just felt lost and stagy.

As I said before, Leonard and Thurman really carried this film on their shoulders. I was impressed to see Leonard taking such heavy work, but his true acting ability really came forth. The same goes for Uma who successfully took the idea of "husband and wife" away while working with Ethan. I was concerned that it would be a factor in Tape, but luckily these two were able to keep their characters separate. The chemistry that Leonard and Thurman had on screen was shattering. I found myself holding my breath during their parts from both emotion and the tension that they created. Outside of Ethan, they did a great job.

The story was a very tight story. I loved being brought into the middle of this controversy and seeing that a world can be created and destroyed in a hotel room. I thought that concept was a hard one to tackle, but Stephen Belber (who also wrote the play) did a fantastic job of eliminating the corporate element and giving us the pure human drama that exists between these characters. Linklater likewise really pulls this film together well by keeping the tensions high and elaborate as our characters progress through the phases of this predicament. The only trouble I had with Linklater's direction deals with his swirling camera. Whenever two people were talking to each other we found ourselves swirling between the two instead of using one large shot or quick cuts. I thought this was annoying at times, and quite dizzying. It detracted from the words that the actors were speaking and from the impact of the story. That is my only critique of Linklater's direction, which was nearly flawless.

Overall, this was an impressive and very intense drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat due to its strong reality and human element. It took me a while for me to realize this, and will probably take some time for it to sink into your mind, but that is the nature of this film. It is created to leave this lasting impression on your mind and to haunt your mind during your next visit with friends. I think Linklater did an excellent job with the material that he was handed, proving that his work could be compared to early Cameron Crowe material. Leonard and Thurman explode onto the scene, while Hawke leaves a bit more to be desired. I do believe that Linklater should have considered another actor for his role. Either way, this was a great film that took away the classic Hollywood backdrop and gave us nothing but 100% pure acting.

Grade: **** out of *****

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