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Airheads (1994)

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Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head D.J. refuses to play them.

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Michael Lehmann

Writer:

Rich Wilkes

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Fraser ... Chazz
Steve Buscemi ... Rex
Adam Sandler ... Pip
Chris Farley ... Wilson
Michael McKean ... Milo Jackson
Judd Nelson ... Jimmie Wing
Ernie Hudson ... O'Malley
Amy Locane ... Kayla
Nina Siemaszko ... Suzzi
Marshall Bell ... Carl Mace
Reg E. Cathey ... Marcus (as Reginald E. Cathey)
David Arquette ... Carter
Michael Richards ... Doug Beech
Joe Mantegna ... Ian
Michelle Hurst ... Yvonne
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Storyline

Three would be rockers Chazz, Rex and Pip, known as The Lone Rangers plan to play their demo on a recording company, but then they're turned down rudely. Then they decide to try the famous rock n' roll radio station, but are not accepted either. Then they decide arm themselves with squirt guns and take the station hostage for not playing their demo. But the three get more than what they have bargained for. Written by Emphinix

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The music. The legend. The hostage situation. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude dialogue and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cabezas huecas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,370,000
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ian refers to Chazz as Conan, an obvious reference to Conan the Barbarian, Brendan Fraser was considered for the part of Conan the Barbarian in the 2011 remake. See more »

Goofs

When The Lone Rangers are on TV, Rex has on a Rebel Radio hat but in the next shot it's off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ian: [on the air] Oh yeah! That was for all you pinheads out there too hip to take off your leather jackets in this 95 degree heat. Now I know when the weather gets like this it brings all you nut bags out of the wood pile. And since I am a trouble magnet, I have one thing to say to you bozos, and that is, back off. Here's the Sons of Thunder from the debut album Scrabbled Eggs and Wobbly Legs. You're listening to Ian Shock, on the station with more hair, more flair, yet so debonair, ...
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Alternate Versions

Aside from editing some language, the TV version changes one of the last scenes: when Rex is pelvic-thrusting and Chazz gestures "no no no", instead of a shot of a pair of prisoners grinning laciviously, the TV edit uses a shot of two prisoners staring confused at Rex. See more »

Connections

References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

No Way Out
Performed by DGeneration
Written by Jesse Malin (as J. Malin), Richard Bacchus (as R. Bacchus), Howie Pyro (as H. Pyro)
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by David Bianco
Courtesy of Chrysalis / EMI Records
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The Music! All About The Music!!!
3 February 2007 | by CrassActionHeroSee all my reviews

Airheads (1994)

Review: Airheads is a good movie. This is a comedy but the movie's strength is through the music and knowledge of the music as well.

The casting is fine. Brendan Fraser is pretty good as Chazz. Steve Buscemi is awesome as Rex. Adam Sandler on the other hand felt awkward here. While Fraser and Buscemi seemed to enjoy there roles, Sandler felt off key. He was not bad, just unbalanced if you will.

However the plot is fine. Three frustrated musicians hold a radio station hostage to finally play their demo. The demo gets fried and all hell breaks loose. Their is some nice humor here and some fine acting. We get other nice appearances by Mike McKean and Judd Nelson as well.

What works is the gathering of all the metal-heads outside the station in unified glory to the freedom of true radio. Run by people like them. I also liked the band stickers inside the band's van. All sorts of true underground metal bands to be noticed on the wall of that van! The knowledge of metal is well put. I LOVED it when Chazz insulted the Seattle grunge scene! (As he called it, Seattle bull s**t) Wonderful. This movie knows that all rock music is not the same thing!

The movie is filled with great music and some nice comedy to boot. An appearance by White Zombie was also excellent too. Be sure to check out a cameo by none other than Lemmy! If you are metal, you know who i'm talking about!

The Last Word: Killer music! All metal-heads unite! This is the movie that takes metal more seriously. Fun times. Airheads rocks!


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