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Tapeheads (1988)

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A couple of creative losers accidently become big shots in the video music industry.

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Bill Fishman

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Bill Fishman (story), Peter McCarthy (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cusack ... Ivan Alexeev
Tim Robbins ... Josh Tager
Mary Crosby ... Samantha Gregory
Clu Gulager ... Norman Mart
Katy Boyer ... Belinda Mart
Jessica Walter ... Kay Mart
Sam Moore ... Billy Diamond
Junior Walker ... Lester Diamond
Susan Tyrrell ... Nikki Morton
Doug McClure ... Sid Tager
Connie Stevens ... June Tager
King Cotton ... Roscoe
Don Cornelius ... Mo Fuzz
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Mr. G.
Keith Joe Dick ... Mr. B.
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Storyline

After being fired from their jobs as security guards, Josh and Ivan form Video Aces, a video production company. Using Josh's talent and Ivan's business savvy, they attempt to hit it big in the business while doing projects they want to do. Among those whose paths cross with theirs are Norman Mart, an extremely right-wing presidential candidate; Samantha Gregory, a scheming music reporter; and Mo Fuzz, a producer willing to give them a chance or three if they'll work on spec. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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A funny movie with music. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tapeheads - Verrückt auf Video See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,330, 23 October 1988

Gross USA:

$343,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$343,786
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was set to be released by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group but picked up by Avenue Pictures due to DEG's bankruptcy. See more »

Quotes

[Ivan & Josh explain their tardiness to their security boss]
Ivan: Anybody else who'd save Pablo Casales - perhaps the greatest cellist in the world with the possible exception of Yo-Yo Ma - from a fiery car wreck on Sunset Boulevard would be bragging about it, but not Josh. He didn't want to spoil the 11 o'clock news for you.
Norton: Don't bullshit me. I'm a big cello fan! Casales died years ago!
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Alternate Versions

The 1990 UK video was cut by 48 secs by the BBFC to remove all footage of nunchakus and butterfly knives. The 2002 release is uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Swingers (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. MX-7
Performed by Stiv Bators (as Stiv Bator) & The Zeros
Written by Sammy Serious
Produced by Paul Lani & Nigel Harrison
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How are sooo many sooo wrong about this movie...
11 July 2004 | by jinx5000See all my reviews

...oh, yeah, most people are braying morons who wouldn't know a whip tight 80's comedy if it came out on DVD 15 years later with jokes that could still bite a chunk out of Adam Sandler's/Ben Stiller's/even Will Ferrell's ass. I saw this in the theater when it came out and couldn't fathom how the rest of the country wasn't chanting "Let's get into trouble, baby!" Then I remembered the country's median IQ and dismal reading levels and it was clear that this flick just moved too quickly for cinema dwellers who were looking for something a little less challenging than "Mannequin". "Teach me to read." "Sign my butt." "Don't bulls--- me! I'm a big cello fan! Casales died years ago!" "Josh is a visual visionary he communicates in images not antiquated verbosity, maybe that's why he's been so hard to understand recently." RENT-A-FACADE. "The Blender Children are mulch!" "Waffles' just pancakes with little squares on 'em." Not to mention the fact that the whole shebang is a slap in the face to Mtv produced by the creator of the network, Mike Nesmith. If that ain't subversive enough for you then go rank "Mannequin 2: On the Move" a ten and leave the real comedy to those that get it.


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