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Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson (1986)



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Laurie Anderson performs the song "O Superman", from her debut album "Big Science", using different lighting effects, shadow shows, a Vocoder, and American sign language while wearing white gloves, white sunglasses and a white vest.

Director: Laurie Anderson
Stars: Laurie Anderson


Credited cast:
Laurie Anderson ... Herself / Fenway Bergamot / The Voice of Reason
Joy Askew Joy Askew ... Herself
Adrian Belew Adrian Belew ... Himself (Guitar and Vocals)
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Dickie Landry Dickie Landry ... Himself (Horns and Winds) (as Richard Landry)
Paula Mazur Paula Mazur ... Game Show Hostess
Dolette McDonald Dolette McDonald ... Herself (Vocals)
Won-Sang Park Won-Sang Park ... Himself (Kayageum and Voice) (as Won Sang Park)
Janice Pendarvis ... Herself (Vocals)
David Van Tieghem David Van Tieghem ... Himself (Percussion)


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Release Date:

25 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,851, 27 April 1986, Limited Release

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


[first lines]
Laurie Anderson: Good evening. - Now, I am no mathematician, but I'd like to talk about just couple of numbers that have really been bothering me lately. And they are: zero and one.
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Alternate Versions

When the film was released, a music video of the song "Language is a Virus" was distributed to MTV. The video uses a completely different performance and arrangement of the song. A fast dance mix version of the song "Smoke Rings" was recorded but not used in the final film; it instead appears in Anderson's video production What You Mean We? (1987) (TV). See more »


Language Is A Virus
Written by Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran, David Van Tieghem and William S. Burroughs
Performed by Laurie Anderson
Produced by Nile Rodgers
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one of the few bright spots in an awful decade for music
27 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

21st century raconteur-troubadour Laurie Anderson shames the entire notion of the 'music video' with this filmed performance from her Mr. Heartbreak Tour. Perhaps the biggest surprise about the movie is that it wasn't made earlier: Anderson's audio/visual exhibitionism depends as much (if not more) on sight as it does on sound, and her recordings alone give little indication of the imagination and humor of her stage act. Employing a dazzling array of electronic effects and state-of-the-art musical instruments (for example a functioning keyboard necktie), she dances, sings, tells peculiar stories, jerks around like a marionette, and in general puts on a show that's as much fun to watch as it must have been to perform, with none of the pretensions normally associated with mass media performance art.

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