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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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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Nesmith: (of The Monkees fame) as Skip the Water Guy. See more »

Quotes

Mo Fuzz: I know you want to work for Mo Fuzz. And Mo Fuzz wants you to. But first, I'm going to need to you do something for me... on spec.
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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 Swingers (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Surfer's Love Chant
Written & Performed by Bo Diddley
Produced by King Cotton & Ian Gardiner
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Amusing commentary on 80's music-videos scene
8 September 2005 | by bortelsSee all my reviews

In the 80's, back when MTV actually played videos, I spent plenty of time with it on in the background, the way radio was in earlier decades. Tapeheads captures that in spades - the glitzy, superficial, just plain stupid, yet weirdly captivating 80's music video scene, from behind. With spoof videos like King Cotton in the "Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle Commercial", and Devo backing Cube-Squared's video ("The hottest thing from Sweden since Abba") in mock-Swedish, and some stunningly good performances by "The Swanky Modes" (Sam Moore and Junior Walker), it sticks in your head. This is no "The Shawshank Redemption" or "Grosse Point Blank" - If you're seeing it for Tim Robbins and John Cusack - this is late-80s throwaway kitsch, and it shows - and there's nothing wrong with that. If you think more "Better off Dead" or "Cadillac Man", you're in the right ballpark. Frankly, it's refreshing to see them in something early in their careers, having some fun. If you enjoyed your videos in the 80's, it's worth checking out.


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