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In this high-energy satire of the music biz, Ivan Alexov (John Cusack) and Josh Tager (Tim Robbins) lose their jobs as security guards, and they decide to start their own video production company. Their first gigs are less than inspiring, including a rappin' commercial for a chicken-and-waffle place, a living will, and a right-wing Presidential-hopeful's (Clu Gulager) gala dinner. Eventually, they get to direct a heavy-metal music video which becomes a huge surprise success. But now the politician needs to get back a private videotape from the boys, and the Secret Service is put on their trail. This chaotic romp has cameos from more music celebs than you can shake a tape reel at, as well as a hopping little soundtrack by Fishbone. This is also the film that introduced a conservative folksinger/politician character who later got his own movie, Fishbone. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 1988

Cast

John Cusack
as Ivan Alexeev
Tim Robbins
as Josh Tager
Doug McClure
as Sidney Tager
Connie Stevens
as June Tager
Clu Gulager
as Norman Mart
Mary Crosby
as Samantha Gregory
Katy Boyer
as Belinda Mart
Lyle Alzado
as Thor Alexeev
King Cotton
as Roscoe
Don Cornelius
as Mo Fuzz
Jessica Walter
as Kay Mart
Sam Moore
as Billy Diamond
Junior Walker
as Lester Diamond
Susan Tyrrell
as Nikki Morton
Martha Quinn
as Music Video Hostess
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Mr. G
Keith Joe Dick
as Mr. B
Lee Arenberg
as Norton
Rocky Giordani
as Hitman #1
J.J.
as Hitman #2
John Durbin
as Hitman #3
Milton Selzer
as Merlin Hinkle
Zander Schloss
as Heavy Metal Fan
Stiv Bators
as Dick Slammer
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
Jello Biafra
as FBI Man #1
Tiiu Leek
as News Anchor
"Weird Al" Yankovic
as 'Weird Al'
Ted Nugent
as Rock Star
Michael Nesmith
as Water Man
Ed Pansullo
as Video Protector
Daniel Epper
as Pimply Guard
Jennifer Balgobin
as Calypso Dancer
Slavitza Jovan
as Tish
John Lykes
as Body Buddy
Jeannine Bisignano
as Foxy Extra
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
Bojan Bazelli
Xander Berkeley
as Ricky Fell
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Prosperty Through Exploitation Author
Coati Mundi
as Bald Executive
Milton Selzer
as Merlin Hinkle
Rocky Giordani
as Hitman #1
Xander Berkeley
as Ricky Fell
"Weird Al" Yankovic
as 'Weird Al'
Jello Biafra
as FBI Man #1
Eric Barrett
as Civic Security Guard
Debbie Lynn Ross
as Foxy Extra
Stiv Bators
as Dick Slammer
Daniel Epper
as Pimply Guard
Brie Howard
as Flygirl
John Durbin
as Hitman #3
Zander Schloss
as Heavy Metal Fan
Slavitza Jovan
as Tish
Tyra Ferrell
as Flygirl
John Fleck
as Critic #1
J.J.
as Hitman #2
John Lykes
as Body Buddy
Billy Ferrick
as Cube Squared
Eric Dressen
as Skateboarder
Tiiu Leek
as News Anchor
Jennifer Balgobin
as Calypso Dancer
Sy Richardson
as Bartender
Peter McCarthy
as Menudo Fan
John Mitchell
as Swanky Modes Band
Michael Nesmith
as Water Man
Brian James
as The Blender Children
Jeannine Bisignano
as Foxy Extra
Lee Arenberg
as Norton
Patrick O'Neill
as Student Journalist
Jim Ward
as Dutch Reagan
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Mr. G
Ed Pansullo
as Video Protector
Jo Harvey Allen
as Madame Olga
Ted Nugent
as Rock Star
Martha Quinn
as Music Video Hostess
Keith Joe Dick
as Mr. B

Crew

Bill Fishman
Director
Peter McCarthy
Producer
Ryan Rowe
Screen Story
Peter McCarthy
Screenwriter
Peter McCarthy
Screen Story
Bill Fishman
Screen Story
Bill Fishman
Screenwriter
Jim Herzfeld
Screen Story
Bojan Bazelli
Cinematographer
Fishbone
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer (Music Score)
Nigel Harrison
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mondo Jenkins
Editor
Catherine Hardwicke
Production Designer
Don Diers
Art Director
Robert Lecky
Co-producer
Eric Barrett
Associate Producer
Andrew Z. Davis
Associate Producer
Michael Nesmith
Executive Producer
Gene Serdena
Set Designer
Josh King
First Assistant Director
Victoria Thomas
Casting
Ali Greene
Makeup
Bryan Duggan
Second Unit Director Of Photography
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