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Wired (1989)



Critic Consensus: A tasteless unintentional parody of the life it attempts to dramatize, Wired butchers John Belushi's memory with a misguided screenplay and unnecessary recreations of classic performances.

Movie Info

This film, loosely-based on the book by Bob Woodward, follows the career of comedian John Belushi (Michael Chiklis) as his spirit is guided through the past by the Angel Velasquez (Ray Sharkey).


Michael Chiklis
as John Belushi
J.T. Walsh
as Bob Woodward
Patti D'Arbanville
as Cathy Smith
Lucinda Jenney
as Judy Belushi
Gary Groomes
as Dan Aykroyd
Alex Rocco
as Arnie Fromson
Tom Bower
as Detective
Earl Billings
as Detective
Dakin Matthews
as Washington Post Editor
J.C. Quinn
as Comedy Coach
Stephen Vinovich
as Studio Executive
Matthew Faison
as Doctor Robbins
Steve Vinovich
as Studio Executive
Jon Snyder
as Film Director
Finis III Henderson
as Morgue Attendant
Amy Michelson
as Photographer
Blake Clark
as Jenkins
Scott Plank
as Herb Axelson
Richard Feldman
as Studio Page
Ned Bellamy
as Forrest
John Apicella
as Loading Supervisor
Joe Urla
as Stage Manager
Roger Rook
as Coroner's Assistant
Ron Perkins
as Record Producer
Drew Pillsbury
as Morgue Nurse
Charles Holman
as SNL Cast Member
Allan Thomas
as Blues Brother and SNL Band Member
Nancy DeCarl
as Hotel Manager
Pete Willcox
as Elvis Impersonator
A.C. Meadows
as Colonel Impersonator
Neil Portnow
as Band Leader, King Bee
Keith Joe Dick
as Man in Club
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Critic Reviews for Wired

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14)

Given the impossibility of his assignment, Michael Chiklis doesn't do half badly as Belushi -- he`s clearly a better actor, though not necessarily a better comic, than the original -- but otherwise Wired can claim only camp value.

May 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

The result is a film that hedges its bets but still manages to portray the destructive power of drugs.

May 4, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

What you're left with is a vague portrait of the artist as the victim of too much, too soon.

May 4, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

You leave this movie unenlightened about who John Belushi really was, or why he abused himself so badly.

May 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

The crippling flaw in the film lies in its mix of surface daring and inner funk. Inside, it keeps flinching.

May 4, 2014 | Full Review…

Although newcomer Michael Chiklis turns in a sterling performance, Wired never allows him to explain why Belushi was such an infuriatingly drug-sodden slob, and sadly for a movie about a funny man its woefully short on humour.

May 4, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Wired

Dumb and strange biopic of comedian and drug addict John Belushi.

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