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Stop Making Sense (1984)

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An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director:

Jonathan Demme
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bernie Worrell ... Keyboards
Alex Weir Alex Weir ... Guitar and Vocals
Steven Scales Steven Scales ... Percussion (as Steve Scales)
Lynn Mabry Lynn Mabry ... Backing Vocals
Ednah Holt Ednah Holt ... Backing Vocals (as Edna Holt)
Tina Weymouth ... Bass, Percussion and Vocals
Jerry Harrison ... Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
Chris Frantz ... Drums and Vocals
David Byrne ... Vocals and Guitar
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Storyline

David Byrne walks onto the stage and does a solo "Psycho Killer." Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Bryne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children's drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don't stop, and always make sense. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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song | band | suit | stage | musician | See All (21) »

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Why stop making sense? Why a movie? Why a big suit? Where do the odd movements come from? What will the band do next?

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Stop making sense See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,666, 21 October 1984

Gross USA:

$5,095,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,102,405
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1999 re-release)| Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jonathan Demme wanted to shoot additional performance footage on a soundstage made to recreate the Pantages Theater. The band vetoed this idea because they thought the lack of audience response would have hindered the energy of their performance. See more »

Goofs

You can hear the bass of Tina Weymouth doing several slides in the last part of "Genius of Love" meanwhile she is showed dancing and not sliding. See more »

Quotes

David Byrne: I wanna introduce the band by name.
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Alternate Versions

Video release is 12 minutes longer and features three additional songs not included in original theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Red Oaks: Summer in the City (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Found a Job
Written by David Byrne
Performed by Talking Heads
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THE Great Concert Film
22 March 2002 | by drosse67See all my reviews

All concert films should be as innovative, energetic and just plain fun as Stop Making Sense. With Jonathan Demme as director, the concert has a weird and wonderful theatrical look, with David Byrne arriving onstage at the beginning, armed with an acoustic guitar. Gradually, the other members of the band join him and the stage sets become highly unusual. For visuals, nothing matches the odd behavior of Byrne and quirky but (for the most part) great songs of the Talking Heads better than Demme's approach to filming. The movie has such a terrific build up (at one point Byrne actually runs around the stage repeatedly) that you cannot help but move with it. I can't believe concert films that followed did not even attempt to match this film's innovativeness. A great movie, even if you've never heard of the Talking Heads.


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