Stop Making Sense


1h 28m 1984

Brief Synopsis

A performance/music documentary which captures the Talking Heads (David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth) in concert at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Film Details

Release Date
1984
Production Company
Film Company; Island Alive; Record Plant Inc
Distribution Company
Cinecom International Films/Island Alive/Palm Pictures; Cinecom International Films; Island Alive; Palace Pictures; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Location
Pantages Theater, Hollywood, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

Synopsis

A performance/music documentary which captures the Talking Heads (David Byrne, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth) in concert at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

Crew

Gerry Bakalian

Film Liaison

Gail Blacker

Wardrobe (David Byrne'S Big Suit)

Barbara Bokras

Additional Editing

Cline Brinkworth

Other

David Byrne

Other

David Byrne

Sound Rerecording Mixer

David Byrne

Stage Lighting

David Byrne

Songs ("Psycho Killer" "Heaven" "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel" "Found A Job" "Life During Wartime" "Slippery People" "Burning Down The House" "Making Flippy Floppy" "Swamp" "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" "Girlfriend Is Better" "What A Day That Was" "Once In A Lifetime" "Crosseyed And Painless")

Michael Chevalier

Camera Operator

John Chimples

Slide Wrangler

Robin Citrin

Production Assistant

Rick Coberly

Monitor Mixer

Jordan Cronenweth

Cinematographer

Bryan Curry

Production Assistant

Lisa Day

Editor

Frank Demarco

Special Effects Master

Jonathan Demme

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Robert Eisenberg

Camera Operator

Beverly Emmons

Stage Lighting

Brian Eno

Songs ("Once In A Lifetime" "Crosseyed And Painless")

Pablo Ferro

Titles

Michael Fish

Production Assistant

Nancy Fogarty

Sound Editor (Music)

Chris Frantz

Songs ("Psycho Killer" "Slippery People" "Burning Down The House" "Making Flippy Floppy" "Swamp" "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" "Girlfriend Is Better" "What A Day That Was")

Walter Gest

Sound Rerecording Recordist

Walter Gest

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Gary Goetzman

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Gary Goetzman

Producer

Al Green

Song ("Take Me To The River")

Charlie Hammerschmidt

Camera Operator

Bill Hansard

Special Visual Effects

Jerry Harrison

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Jerry Harrison

Songs ("Slippery People" "Burning Down The House" "Making Flippy Floppy" "Swamp" "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" "Girlfriend Is Better" "What A Day That Was")

Jim Henrikson

Sound Editor (Music)

Mabon Hodges

Song ("Take Me To The River")

Jeffrey Hooper

House Mixer

Johnny Jensen

Camera Operator

Gary Kurfirst

Executive Producer

Laura Langston

Wardrobe

Michael Looney

Second Assistant Director

Adelle Lutz

Creative Liaison

Cathy Malcolm

Production Assistant

Joe Marquette

Camera Operator

Steve Maslow

Sound Rerecording Engineer; Sound Rerecording Mixer

Sandy Mcleod

Visual Consultant

Joel Moss

Sound Mixer (Music)

Joel Moss

Sound Rerecording

Matthew Murphy

Road Manager

Charles A Myers

Production Manager

Sean Myers

Production Assistant

June Peterson

Production Associate

Jim Piccirillo

Production Assistant

Dave Powell

Other

Andy Romanoff

Video Coordinator Assistant

Abigail Rosen

Lighting Director

Dave Runell

Stage Manager

Dave Sarger

Special Effects Assistant

Robert Seaman

Camera Operator

Jeff Shaw

Other

Tommy Smith

Other

Tom Snyder

Production Assistant

Lou Stone

Production Assistant

Lou Stone

Lighting Director

Robert C. Thomas

Camera Operator

Joseph A Viola

First Assistant Director

Butch Watson

Other

Martina Weymouth

Songs ("Psycho Killer" "Slippery People" "Burning Down The House" "Making Flippy Floppy" "Swamp" "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" "Girlfriend Is Better" "What A Day That Was")

Billy Youdelman

Sound Recording

Film Details

Release Date
1984
Production Company
Film Company; Island Alive; Record Plant Inc
Distribution Company
Cinecom International Films/Island Alive/Palm Pictures; Cinecom International Films; Island Alive; Palace Pictures; Rca/Columbia Pictures Home Video
Location
Pantages Theater, Hollywood, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1984 award for Best Documentary from the National Society of Film Critics.

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1984

Released in United States July 1984

Released in United States March 1984

Released in United States October 1984

Released in United States September 1996

Re-released in United States September 15, 1999

Re-released in United States September 17, 1999

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Revival Screening) April 22 - May 6, 1999.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival March 1984.

Began and completed shooting at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California December 14-16, 1983.

This acclaimed concert film was shot shortly after the release of the seminal Talking Heads album, "Speaking in Tongues." The film's title is a line from the song "Girlfriend is Better."

Re-released in London September 10, 1999.

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (Revival Screening) April 22 - May 6, 1999.)

Released in United States March 1984 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival March 1984.)

Released in United States July 1984 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Closing Night) July 5-20, 1984.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown in New York City (Anthology Film Archives) as part of program "Best of the Indies" September 5-15, 1996.)

Re-released in United States September 15, 1999 (Film Forum; New York City)

Re-released in United States September 17, 1999 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States October 1984 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States Fall October 1, 1984