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Static (1985)

An eccentric but possibly brilliant young man, troubled by the death of his parents, claims to be readying a world-changing invention.

Director:

Mark Romanek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Gordon ... Ernie Blick
Amanda Plummer ... Julia Purcell
Bob Gunton ... Frank
Barton Heyman ... Sherriff William Orling
Lily Knight Lily Knight ... Patty
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Emily Southwick
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Fred Savins
Kitty Mei-Mei Chen Kitty Mei-Mei Chen ... Li
Joel Krehbeil Joel Krehbeil ... Deputy Tom Terrence
Eugene Lee ... Dale
Jack Murakami Jack Murakami ... North
Mike Murakami Mike Murakami ... South
Uma Ridenhour Uma Ridenhour ... Sarah
Janice Abbott Janice Abbott ... Sonya
Tamma Allgood Tamma Allgood ... T.V. Interviewer
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Storyline

A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around him to see anything but a screenful of static, he charismatically hijacks a bus of friendly elderly people in order to get media attention for his invention. Written by Keith Tyler <romulus@shore.net>

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Taglines:

STATIC... it's on a different wavelength.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Necessity See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Powell, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NFI Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of only two theatrical films where Mark Romanek wrote the screenplay for his films. The other was One Hour Photo (2002). See more »

Goofs

Boom Mike seen swiveling between actors in a two-shot. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Yeah, he's crazy!
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Connections

Referenced in Best of the Worst: Our VHS Collection (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Weightless
Composed by Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno
Performed by Brian Eno
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Worth the tough find.
1 June 2002 | by HaphazardbenSee all my reviews

Static is a well shot, fantastic story. Not a standard hollywood picture that deserves all of what little recognition it has. If you live in Chicago, you can rent it at Facets video rental. (They have some great rare movies) Mark Romanik has such a great visual eye. I anxiously await One Hour Photo.


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