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Stop Making Sense (1984)

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

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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Keyboards
Alex Weir ... Guitar and Vocals
Steven Scales ... Percussion (as Steve Scales)
Lynn Mabry ... Backing Vocals
Ednah Holt ... Backing Vocals (as Edna Holt)
Tina Weymouth ... Bass, Percussion and Vocals
... Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals
Chris Frantz ... Drums and Vocals
... 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?

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 November 1984 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Stop making sense  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,166, 21 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,020,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,027,479
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. 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: We'd like to thank our crew... goodnight.
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Connections

Featured in Tom Tom Club: Genius of Love - Live (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Making Flippy Floppy
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth
Performed by Talking Heads
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The best, the weirdest, what else?
16 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I bought this film without ever having seen it. I liked the Talking Heads and had heard about the movie. Suffice it to say that I was amazed! The genious of starting with just a bare stage with David Byrne singing his sublime live version of Psycho Killer, then adding equiptment and band members was so weird, so brilliant. The energy and stamina shown by Mr. Byrne in this film borders on creepy. Was there a mountain of coke backstage, or is he a marathon runner? Not for me to know. How he was able to bend that far backwards during Once In A Lifetime I'll never know! All in all a real concert experience, combining the brilliance and showmanship of the Talking Heads with a master director like Jonathan Demme. It's no wonder that their compilation, Sand In The Vaseline, includes two live tracks seen on the film.


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