Tapeheads (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes


Tapeheads (1988)



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John Cusack and Tim Robbins star as Ivan Alexov and Josh Tager, security officers who lose their jobs and decide to put together their own company producing videos. After taping a bunch of odd assignments including a fluke music video that is tremendously successful, they unknowingly have taken a private video of a politician who hopes for presidential election. This leads to Secret Service involvement, and chaos ensues. Another film, Bob Roberts, is a film spun from the conservative politician/singer character in Tapeheads which also sports Tim Robbins in a leading role. Featuring a healthy soundtrack and cameos of various music-industry celebs, this comedic romp was directed by ex-music video man Bill Fishman.

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Mary Crosby
as Samantha
Katy Boyer
as Belinda
Sam Moore
as Billy Diamond
Junior Walker
as Lester Diamond
Ted Nugent
as Rock Star
Doug E. Fresh
as Record Executive
Stiv Bators
as Dick Slammer
Jello Biafra
as FBI Man #1
Michael Nesmith
as Water Man
Martha Quinn
as Music Video Hostess
Rocky Giordani
as Hitman #1
Susan Tyrrell
as Nikki Morton
John Durbin
as Hitman #3
Milton Selzer
as Merlin Hinkle
Zander Schloss
as Heavy Metal Fan
Jo Harvey Allen
as Madame Olga
Sy Richardson
as Bartender
Coati Mundi
as Bald Executive
Patrick O'Neill
as Student Journalist
John Fleck
as Critic #1
Bob McLean
as FBI Man #2
Tiiu Leek
as News Anchor
Ed Pansullo
as Video Protector
Daniel Epper
as Pimply Guard
Jennifer Balgobin
as Calypso Dancer
Michael Franco
as T-Shirt Vendor
John Lykes
as Body Buddy
Debbie Lynn Ross
as Foxy Extra
Jim Ward
as Dutch Reagan
Eric Dressen
as Skateboarder
Eric Barrett
as Civic Security Guard
Peter McCarthy
as Menudo Fan
Brian James
as The Blender Children
Billy Ferrick
as Cube Squared
Brie Howard
as Flygirl
Tyra Ferrell
as Flygirl
John Mitchell
as Swanky Modes Band
Bob Rose
as Swanky Modes Band
Xander Berkeley
as Ricky Fell
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Prosperty Through Exploitation Author
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Critic Reviews for Tapeheads

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

A painful attempt to satirize the making of rock videos that runs aground with a puerile plot and bombastic, self-infatuated delivery.

November 6, 2009 | Full Review…

It's all good fun: likeable performances, unpretentious, larky direction, and a haphazard story.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The amiable screenplay by Mr. Fishman and Peter McCarthy is often funny, and never worse than silly.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

All of these elements have been lifted off the shelf of exhausted cliches, given a quick dusting, and plugged directly into the movie.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The irony is that nothing Fishman and his cohorts have come up with is really as funny as a two-hour slice of MTV itself.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Ignored both at the cinema and on tape, this is a gem that is as happy sending up the music video world as it is poking fun at politics.

November 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tapeheads

I love this movie, and it's virtually unheard of! It has two big stars: Tim Robbins and John Cusack, as two unemployed friends who start a music video production company, and the craziness that occurs along the way. It's really fun and entertaining, and very funny. It's one of my favourite movies from 88.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


John Cusak's stash is the funniest thing I've seen on a human being. This movie is another buddy 80's movie and if you don't enjoy those then you probably won't like this. It does have a lot of heart and Mike Myers pretty much stole this idea for Wayne's World and gets ZERO credit.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Good flick.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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