Heartbeeps

Heartbeeps

Director: Allan Arkush, Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Randy Quaid

Cast: Allan Arkush, Andy Kaufman, Bernadette Peters, Randy Quaid

     
 
The Andy Kaufman/Bernadette Peters robot love story classic Heartbeeps finally makes its way to DVD with this edition from Universal Home Entertainment. Though it contains no special features (no trailer?), there is something to be said about finally having an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen print of the beloved cult flick around for anyone to buy. A Dolby Digital

Overview

The Andy Kaufman/Bernadette Peters robot love story classic Heartbeeps finally makes its way to DVD with this edition from Universal Home Entertainment. Though it contains no special features (no trailer?), there is something to be said about finally having an anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen print of the beloved cult flick around for anyone to buy. A Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track has been included and, like the picture, does a fine job of preserving this odd little gem.

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This offbeat mixture of science fiction, comedy and romance was a boxoffice dud and is much reviled by sci-fi and cult film fans. However, time has been a little kinder to Heartbeeps than one might expect. John Hill's script has some significant problems (the plotting is weak, the human characters are ciphers) that were exacerbated by studio tampering but there is a sweet, naive quality to the romance between the two robot heroes that is genuinely intriguing. Allan Arkush's direction brings a nice visual sweep to the film, a tactic that is aided nicely by lavish scope-format photography by Charles Rosher, Jr. Tina Hirsch's editing gives everything a punchy pace and John Williams contributes an unique orchestral/electronic musical score that does a lot to set the film's unusual mood. Most importantly, Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters manage to infuse their necessarily mannered performances with a level of heart that makes the proceedings more compelling than one might expect. The end result is definitely a specialty item but Heartbeeps can be an amusing if deeply twee diversion for those viewer in the right forgiving mood. One's reaction to it will depend a lot on nostalgia for this era, the performers involved and eccentric Hollywood misfires.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0025192733420
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:18:00
Sales rank:
50,967

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Kaufman ValCom 17485
Bernadette Peters AquaCom 89045
Randy Quaid Charlie
Kenneth McMillan Max
Melanie Mayron Susan
Christopher Guest Calvin
Jack Carter Catskil voice
David LeBell Forklift Drive Robot
Dennis Quaid Actor
Anne Wharton Guest
Karsen Lee Gould Maid Robot
Richard B. Shull Factory Boss
Dick Miller Watchman
Kathleen Freeman Helicopter Pilot
Mary Woronov Party House Owner
Paul Bartel Guest
Barry Diamond Firing Range Technician
Stephanie Faulkner Firing Range Technician
Jeffrey Kramer Butler Robot
Irene Forrest Party Maid Robot
Jerry Garcia Phil

Technical Credits
Allan Arkush Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
John W. Corso Production Designer
Madeline Ann Graneto Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Green Executive Producer
John Hill Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Tina Hirsch Editor
Marc E. Meyer Set Decoration/Design
Michael Phillips Producer
Debby Porter Stunts
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Stan Winston Makeup Special Effects
Don Zepfel Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heartbeeps
1. Crimebuster Deluxe [1:07]
2. One the Shelf (Main Titles) [4:47]
3. Companionship [4:19]
4. Mechanically Compatible [4:30]
5. Field Trip [6:05]
6. Creating Phil [3:51]
7. New Responsibility [5:27]
8. Hostile Life [4:05]
9. Strong Impulses [7:12]
10. Busted! [4:08]
11. Join the Party [3:51]
12. Maximum Input [3:34]
13. Unlimited Spare Parts [3:20]
14. Failure to Communicate [3:34]
15. Concerned About the Future [3:44]
16. Energy Pack Transplant [3:34]
17. One Last Discussion [4:34]
18. Junked (End Titles) [5:46]

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