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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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Taglines:

"Let's get into trouble, baby!" 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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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

Josh Tager: Look, Ivan... I hope you're not putting too much faith in me. I don't even know if I...
Ivan Alexeev: "IF"? Instant Failure! "FEAR" - False Evidence Appearing Real! We've talked about this!
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Crazy Credits

Fetish Video Directrix...Abbe Wool 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 Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

You Hooked Me, Baby
Performed by The Swanky Modes
Written by Sam Taylor
Produced and Arranged by Bob Rose
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Lets Get Into Trouble, Baby
18 May 2008 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

Tragically little seen, Tapeheads is a quirky, fun little 80's comedy starring two actors of fantastic talent: John Cusack and Tim Robbins.

Tapeheads is the story of Josh and Ivan, two security guards who decide to follow their dream of directing music videos after a little fun with security cameras lands them both jobless. Josh, a sweet, intelligent young man is out there for artistic integrity. Ivan is in it for the cold hard cash. Their road to fame and misfortune includes commercials, living wills, 80's hair bands, and a senator with a princess fetish. After stumbling on the senator's secret, Josh and Ivan find themselves in way over their heads.

The film is hard to find, but worth the attempt. For every gag that doesn't work, there is three of four gags that work wonderfully. Highlights include a brief broken elevator ride for Ivan and a music video done on no budget. Watch out for the paint.


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