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Released 1988

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Director:
Bill Fishman
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
Tapeheads casts a goofy, kitschy glance back to the 1980's when music videos were the newest thing. Ivan (John Cusack) and Josh (Tim Robbins) can't hold down a job as security guards, but they are convinced they can make it in the music business. This 1998 comedy of errors follows the boys as they form a music video production company, and encounter a wide array of weirdos and shysters Hollywood style. Their clients include presidential candidate Norman Mart (Clu Gulager) with a surprising secret life, a "Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle Commercial" and a video for the Cube-Squared band considered "The hottest thing from Sweden since Abba." These odd assignments give a very young Robbins and Cusack a chance to get silly, and the movie includes cameos from genuine musicians like Soul legends Sam Moore and Junior Walker as the "The Swanky Modes" and Dead Kennedy's Jello Biafra as an FBI agent.

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80s