Director: Bill Fishman
Screenwriters: Bill Fishman, Peter McCarthy

Institute History

  • 1988 Sundance Film Festival


Tapeheads is pure, irreverent entertainment. It’s high-tech slap stick, a grab bag of eccentric humor as vital as any film since The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The dizzying plot, neither possible nor meaningful to summarize, revolves around two buddies (John Cusack and Tim Robbins), polar opposites, trying to break into the music video industry. Their willingness to take on odd jobs (the company motto is “We do what we gotta, so we can do what we wanna”) soon leads them astray. When they come to possess a hot potato video tape embarrassing to a powerful politician, all hell breaks loose and they’re led—don’t ask how or why—to rediscover the “Swanky Modes” (pioneer blues rockers Sam Moore and Junior Walker).

Cleverly written, very well directed an marvelously produced, Tapeheads is a very original and very funny film.

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