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Tapeheads (1988)

Director:
Bill Fishman

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Comedy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Tapeheads

RUNNING TIME
93 minutes

Producers:
Peter McCarthy
Michael Nesmith

Screenwriter:
Bill Fishman
Peter McCarthy


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ivan Alexeev John Cusack
Josh Tager Tim Robbins
Samantha Gregory Mary Crosby -
Senator Norman Mart Clu Gulager
Sid Tager Doug McClure -
Belinda Mart Katy Boyer
Kay Mart Jessica Walter -
Ricky Fell Xander Berkeley -
Himself "Weird Al" Yankovic -

 

Review

This oddball comedy delivers an arguably valid comment on the booming music video culture of the 1980s, with John Cusack and Tim Robbins playing two underachievers dreaming of making it big as video producers. The direction is so unskilled and the writing so erratic that the film almost becomes a gaudy curiosity deserving of a cult following. But just almost. If watched with low expectations, it has its moments. Look for 1980s music parody phenomenon "Weird Al" Yankovic in a small role as himself. The director Bill Fishman subsequently continued his career as a music video director, but also directed a few other feature films during the 1990s.

Copyright 09.04.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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