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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, Bob Roberts. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 1988


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
John Mitchell
as Swanky Modes Band
"Weird Al" Yankovic
as 'Weird Al'
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Prosperty Through Exploitation Author
Michael Nesmith
as Water Man
Zander Schloss
as Heavy Metal Fan
Martha Quinn
as Music Video Hostess
Tiiu Leek
as News Anchor
Debbie Lynn Ross
as Foxy Extra
Keith Joe Dick
as Mr. B
Billy Ferrick
as Cube Squared
Jo Harvey Allen
as Madame Olga
John Durbin
as Hitman #3
Stiv Bators
as Dick Slammer
John Lykes
as Body Buddy
John Fleck
as Critic #1
Brian James
as The Blender Children
Rocky Giordani
as Hitman #1
Jeannine Bisignano
as Foxy Extra
Slavitza Jovan
as Tish
Jello Biafra
as FBI Man #1
Bojan Bazelli
Eric Barrett
as Civic Security Guard
Brie Howard
as Flygirl
Coati Mundi
as Bald Executive
Lee Arenberg
as Norton
Xander Berkeley
as Ricky Fell
Ted Nugent
as Rock Star
Ed Pansullo
as Video Protector
Sy Richardson
as Bartender
Peter McCarthy
as Menudo Fan
Tyra Ferrell
as Flygirl
Milton Selzer
as Merlin Hinkle
Jennifer Balgobin
as Calypso Dancer
Jim Ward
as Dutch Reagan
Patrick O'Neill
as Student Journalist
as Hitman #2
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Mr. G
Daniel Epper
as Pimply Guard
Eric Dressen
as Skateboarder


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