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Stop Making Sense Poster
Released Runtime Category
1984 99 Documentary, Musicals
Director Language
Jonathan Demme English
David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Franz, Jerry Harrison

Stop Making Sense

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What's it About

Filmed over the course of a three-day stint at Hollywood's Pantages Theater, this concert documentary celebrates the inspired pop energy of New Wave pioneers Talking Heads — David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison — as they are joined onstage by a succession of phenomenal players, including keyboardist Bernie Worrell. 

Why we love it

Jonathan Demme's infectious first musical outing captures the ecstatic fervor of the Talking Heads at the very peak of their fame, but it is much more than a filmed performance. Working from an idea hatched by super-quirky frontman David Byrne, "Sense" opens with Byrne's solo rendition of "Psycho Killer" (accompanying himself on boombox) and builds, song by song and player by player, to a roof-raising climax with "Burning Down the House." Demme's film is an uplifting, concept-driven dance party that avoids all the clichés.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"