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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?

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$4,166, 21 October 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,020,659

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,027,479
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (1999 re-release)| Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: Thanks! Does anybody have any questions?
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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

Featured in At the Movies: Cult Video (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Once in a Lifetime
Written by David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Brian Eno
Performed by Talking Heads
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A Masterpiece
10 June 2005 | by phmurphySee all my reviews

This concert/movie is simply a brilliant collaboration of music and film. First off, you have the Talking Heads, perhaps one of the most creative and interesting bands in the history of music who put on a concert that is so imaginative that I still cannot believe it happened. Second, you have veteran Director Johnathan Demme who brings the darkness and creepiness that he used in such films as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, to a concert with sort of a dark and creepy demeanor, i.e. David Byrne in general, the style of music, the dancing. I mean dark and creepy in a good way however. I cannot help to think that this movie is also a comedy. David Byrne's movements, the bass players dancing, the songs and just everything i get a kick out of. I have always been a big fan of the Talking Heads, but after seeing this movie, my love for them skyrockets. They are a unbelievable band with an imagination that rivals that of the likes of Shel Silverstein and the Cohen Brothers. I could literally go on and on about how brilliant this movie is. I think the next time i watch it, i may actually get up and dance. I only wish that I could have been at the actual show. I also cannot figure out what I like better, The Last Waltz or this. Shame on anybody who badmouths this movie or the band in general. See this and then see it again and again and again. 10/10


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