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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ivan Alexeev
... Josh Tager
... Samantha Gregory
... Norman Mart
... Belinda Mart
... Kay Mart
... Billy Diamond
... Lester Diamond
... Nikki Morton
... Sid Tager
... June Tager
... Roscoe
... Mo Fuzz
... Mr. G.
... Mr. B.
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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 »

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Comedy | Music

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tapeheads - Verrückt auf Video  »

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$343,786
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Was set to be released by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group but picked up by Avenue Pictures due to DEG's bankruptcy. See more »

Quotes

Belinda Mart: Ivan, why aren't you helping Josh set up the equipment?
Ivan Alexeev: He's an artist. He's hands-on. You know what I do? I use my selling techniques to give my artist friend the personal freedom he needs. Freedom, choices, possibilities. That's what I'm about. The boring administrative stuff, you know? I envy him.
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Ivan Alexeev: Can you get me another drink?
Belinda Mart: Sure.
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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 »

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Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997) See more »

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Now That You're Gone
Performed by John Cusack and Tim Robbins
Written by Hunt Sales and Tony Fox Sales (as Tony Sales)
Produced and Arranged by Bob Rose
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Brilliant, over the top eighties spoof
5 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Tapeheads is a surprisingly perfect satire of the eighties made at the end of the eighties. It is very funny, with an intelligent script and great dialog. Fine comedic performances by Cusack and Robbins. Multiple intertwined plots. There is a love story between a female artist and Robbins' nerdy video artist. A self-help guide with Cusack trying to better himself and his buddy. A music marathon with wonderful performances. A corrupt politician caught in a delicious scandal. All this combined with an hysterical dysfunctional family drama, make for a thoroughly wacky and wild time. The soundtrack is fabulous too. In particular, Roscoe's Rap manages to send up MTV, KFC, TV advertising and Rap music. Loved it!


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