8.7/10 (IMDB)

Stop Making Sense

1h 28m Documentary | Musical

Stop Making Sense

Newly restored in 4K to coincide with its 40th anniversary, the 1984 film was directed by renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme and is considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time.

The live performance was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads' most memorable songs.

STOP MAKING SENSE stars core band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison along with Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt.


Jonathan Demme


David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir






United States



Main Trailer


  • "Part aerobics workout, part self-styled dreamscape, Sense is a hyperactive piece of performance art that begins as the stripped-down dress rehearsal of a garage band and builds into a mighty, exhausting spectacle that shakes as much ass as it kicks"
    - San Francisco Examiner
  • "Mr. Demme has captured both the look and the spirit of this live performance with a daring and precision that match the group's own."
    - The New York Times
  • "It could as well be called Best Thing of Undetermined Species."
    - Time
  • "Starting with Mick Jagger, rock concerts have become, for the performers, as much sporting events as musical and theatrical performances. Stop Making Sense understands that with great exuberance."
    - Chicago Sun-Times


  • Ghent Int'l Film Festival
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards


  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • San Francisco Int'l Film Festival
  • Leeds Int'l Film Festival
  • Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival
  • Cork Int'l Film Festival
  • Athens Int'l Film Festival
  • Milwaukee Film Festival