8.6/10
12,444
71 user 70 critic

Stop Making Sense (1984)

Trailer
1:49 | Trailer
An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

True Stories (1986)
Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show.

Director: David Byrne
Stars: David Byrne, John Goodman, Annie McEnroe
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of hard-luck Melvin E. Dummar, who claimed to have received a will naming him an heir to the fortune of Howard Hughes.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards, Elizabeth Cheshire
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An undercover FBI agent falls in love with a recently widowed mafia wife, who is trying to restart her life following her husband's murder while being pursued by a libidinous mafia kingpin seeking to claim her for himself.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Certificate: GP Documentary | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
Citizens Band (1977)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters, Neil Young
Swing Shift (1984)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A woman finds romance when she takes a job at an aircraft plant to help make ends meet after her husband goes off to war.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Christine Lahti
Monterey Pop (1968)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In Philadelphia, a small-time bookie who stole mob money is in hiding and he begs a childhood friend to help him evade the hit-man who's on his trail.

Director: Elaine May
Stars: Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The live version of "Once In A Lifetime" was later used during the opening titles of Paul Mazursky's comedy Down And Out In Beverly Hills. See more »

Goofs

Because the footage was edited together from three shows, there are numerous continuity errors. One mentioned on the commentary track of the DVD is the beach ball which is launched from the audience, but never falls. See more »

Quotes

David Byrne: I've got a tape I want to play.
See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Once in a Lifetime
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Brian Eno
Performed by Talking Heads
See more »

User Reviews

 
This film is an easy 10
31 July 2014 | by KerryokieSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie tonight at the OKC Museum of Art for the first time in 30 years. It was even more fun than when I first saw it which may be because of the crowd I watched it with. The audience was comprised of a diverse mix of people ranging in age from teens to the 70s or 80s. The crowd had a blast throughout the film and cheered and applauded after each song with audience participation increasing as the film progressed. It felt like being at a live concert, so I can imagine what it must have been like to be at one of their live concerts in 1984. I found I was smiling throughout the film. A blast from the past and a blast all around.

From David Byrne's surreal, quirky, fun antics on stage to Tina Weymouth dancing as she played guitar and the camera shots of the Jonathan Demme film, the band and film crew get everything right to provide us with a perfect concert film that is not to be missed. See it on the biggest screen you can with surround sound if possible. I have long thought the soundtrack CD was one of the best ever produced, the concert film holds up just as well. "O-o-oh what a day that was!"


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 71 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Stop Making Sense See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1999 re-release)| Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed