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Meet the Hollowheads (1989)

The Hollowheads, a slightly darker and more satirical 80s take on The Jetsons (1962), have their hands full when the head of the family's sleazy and abusive boss invites himself to their family dinner.

Director:

Thomas R. Burman (as Tom Burman)

Writers:

Thomas R. Burman (as Tom Burman), Stanley Mieses (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Glover ... Henry Hollowhead
Nancy Mette ... Miriam Hollowhead
Richard Portnow ... Mr. Crabneck
Matt Shakman Matt Shakman ... Billy Hollowhead
Juliette Lewis ... Cindy Hollowhead
Joshua John Miller ... Joey (as Joshua Miller)
Shnutz Burman Shnutz Burman ... Spike
Lightfield Lewis ... Bud Hollowhead
Lee Arenberg ... Ream Instructor
Barney Burman ... Young Reamer
Anne Ramsey ... Babbleaxe
Logan Ramsey ... Top Drone
Layne Britton Layne Britton ... Grandpa Hollowhead (as Shotgun Britton)
Chaz Conner ... Oliver
Bobcat Goldthwait ... Cop #1 (as Jack Cheese)
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Storyline

The Hollowheads are a normal, loving, futuristic, middle class family who live in a dystopian, corporate-controlled, The Jetsons (1962)-type future world populated with many cool gadgets and some alien creatures. Henry, the pacifist head of the family, is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory where he works, and when his sleazy boss invites himself to the Hollowheads family dinner, Henry mistakes this for a sign that his moment has finally come. However, when his boss shows his dark, horny, perverted and rude side at the dinner table, and crosses all the lines when he starts verbally abusing Henry and sexually harassing his lovely wife, the family has no choice but to come together and fight back. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Sometime, somewhere, the Hollowhead family is having a bad day ....

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Glover originally auditioned to play Mr. Crabneck but asked if he could audition for the role of Henry Hollowhead as well. The producers considered him for both roles before settling on him to play Henry. See more »

Quotes

Cop #2: Just to be safe side you should have her drained.
[while Cindy Hollowhead is giggling & spaced out sitting on the couch]
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Connections

Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

KIDS LOOKIN' FOR A GOOD TIME
Written and Produced by Glenn A. Jordan (as Glenn Jordan)
Performed by Jeff Wilson
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Life in a biomorphic future
3 January 2005 | by porchfilmsSee all my reviews

This strange little gem combines the biomorphic machinery of Giger with the surreal dadaism of Terry Gilliam and the sugary family life of "Leave it To Beaver". The Hollowheads live in a future world after overpopulation and economic collapse has forced everyone to live in inside giant tubes over vast factories, where pre-processed food is pumped in through pipes, and normal animals and plants have disappeared, replaced by selectively bred genetically-engineered mutants. Biomorphic machines are used as medical equipment, food sources, and even musical instruments. Yet the family lives in a 50's style nuclear family with touches of 80's extravagance (gotta love the bubble dress!). The household machinery and factory equipment is very reminiscent of the industrial scenes in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil". The Hollowhead family have striven to maintain civilization, while the managers of the ruling factory, United Umbilical (with a Staley-eqsue swastika-like logo), ruthlessly manages its employees with animalistic lust. "Meet the Hollowheads" is one of those films you will recognize more and more as its predictions start coming true.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

USA

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Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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