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Static (1985)

An eccentric but possibly brilliant young man, troubled by the death of his parents, claims to be readying a world-changing invention.

Director:

Mark Romanek
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Gordon ... Ernie Blick
Amanda Plummer ... Julia Purcell
Bob Gunton ... Frank
Barton Heyman ... Sherriff William Orling
Lily Knight Lily Knight ... Patty
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Emily Southwick
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Fred Savins
Kitty Mei-Mei Chen Kitty Mei-Mei Chen ... Li
Joel Krehbeil Joel Krehbeil ... Deputy Tom Terrence
Eugene Lee ... Dale
Jack Murakami Jack Murakami ... North
Mike Murakami Mike Murakami ... South
Uma Ridenhour Uma Ridenhour ... Sarah
Janice Abbott Janice Abbott ... Sonya
Tamma Allgood Tamma Allgood ... T.V. Interviewer
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Storyline

A quirky, out-of-of place worker at a crucifix factory in the Bible Belt invents a device he claims can show pictures of Heaven. Discouraged and confused by the inability of those around him to see anything but a screenful of static, he charismatically hijacks a bus of friendly elderly people in order to get media attention for his invention. Written by Keith Tyler <romulus@shore.net>

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Taglines:

STATIC... it's on a different wavelength.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Necessity See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Powell, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NFI Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Mark Romanek has disowned the film, despite it launching him to a film career. 17 years later after making music videos, Romanek made One Hour Photo (2002), which he calls the movie his true directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

Boom Mike seen swiveling between actors in a two-shot. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Blick: My invention lets you see heaven.
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Connections

Referenced in Closure (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Christmas
Composed by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson
Performed by Elvis Presley
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An amazing film with stellar performances
1 September 2000 | by hallettSee all my reviews

Static transcends the usually flat, cliched medium of film to create a deeply moving portrait of an American family. A truly dynamic work, the movie affected me in ways I never thought an artform could. In short, Static is nothing of the sort. This is in large part due to the work of Mike Murakami. Actors of any age rarely display half the level of emotion he musters in one glance. I have awaited his follow-up performance eagerly, but after 15 years, I fear it may never come.


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