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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

Gross USA:

$343,786
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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

Roscoe: Now when's the last time you had a wing with a waffle? Well that's too long! It oughta be unlawful!
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Crazy Credits

Roscoe sings: "Yo, friends, check this out! Hold on a minute, Don't leave yet, Roscoe's end credits Are your best bet! ... Now that I've come to The end of my tune, Drop another six bucks And come back soon." See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Sedated
Performed by David Kahne
Written by Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone
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I can't explain why but I've watched this a hundred times and I keep laughing
14 November 2001 | by cinemadazSee all my reviews

I can't explain why but I've watched this a hundred times and I keep laughing, alongside Cusack's Better Off Dead. John Cusack and Tim Robbins were still playing losers and became good friends off camera when they made Tapeheads, as they play bumbling would-be music video makers. In order to get their boyhood heroes The Swanky Modes (played by real-life singers Sam Moore and Junior Walker) the gig of all gigs, they scam and plug their way through unpaid work, Roscoe's chicken and waffles, relentless hitmen and a vengeful politician. Great character acting by Jessica Walter, Don Cornelius and Clu Gulager. Cameos by a ton of folks, including executive producer Michael Nesmith (from the Monkees), Jello Biafra, Fishbone and the Nuge. Along the way are all kinds of catchy little jokes that you either like and remember forever or. just don't like. "We love Menudo." "On spec." The mounting parking tickets. At least watch it for Cusack and Robbins passing the Brothers Against Drunk Driving (BADD) alcohol test: going through the alphabet backwards with your eyes closed, skipping all the vowels and giving the hand sign for each letter.

The DVD is letterboxed and has a strong analog track with Nesmith, director Bill Fishman and production designer Catherine Hardwicke. Much of the time it is as light-hearted as the movie and interesting. Unfortunately, Fishman brings up tons of scenes that were deleted from the film but aren't included on the DVD. I'm sure there's some reason for this, maybe they just weren't available, but it's kind of frustrating - they actually sound funny instead of the usual deleted scene that deserved to be cut out and forgotten. I was surprised that so much stuff was actually cut out, and that Cusack and Robbins wanted to play the opposite roles when they auditioned. But, this ain't the high theater either. At times the analog track has some of those "Remember when that happened" stories, that only work if you really really like the film. But then, why else would you watch the whole thing with the analog track on?


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