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Wired (1989)

The ghost of John Belushi looks back on his troubled life and career, while journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor.

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

Bob Woodward (book), Earl Mac Rauch (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Chiklis ... John Belushi
Ray Sharkey ... Angel Velasquez
J.T. Walsh ... Bob Woodward
Patti D'Arbanville ... Cathy Smith
Lucinda Jenney ... Judy Belushi
Alex Rocco ... Arnie Fromson
Gary Groomes ... Dan Aykroyd
Jere Burns ... Lou Connors
Clyde Kusatsu ... Coroner Thomas Noguchi
Tom Bower ... Detective
Earl Billings ... Detective
Dakin Matthews ... Washington Post Editor
J.C. Quinn ... Comedy Coach
Steve Vinovich ... Studio Executive
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Doctor Robbins
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Storyline

We open up on the evening of March 5, 1982, with the dead body of John Belushi being reeled into a morgue. Suddenly, he awakens as if nothing had happened to him, and is about to undergo an autopsy. Frightened and confused, John goes back to retrace his steps, and find out what went wrong with his life. Meanwhile, journalist Bob Woodward researches Belushi's life as he prepares to write a book about the late comic actor. The story climaxes with Woodward directly conversing with Belushi during the actor's dying moments. Written by Anonymous

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For John Belushi, every night was Saturday Night. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belushi - Wired See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bragg, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$681,054, 27 August 1989

Gross USA:

$1,089,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,089,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Woodward, who wrote the book on which this film is based, served as an uncredited technical advisor. See more »

Quotes

Comedy Coach: John, there's a light within you. I want you burn it out. BURN IT OUT! BURN IT OUT! In Vietnam, monks set themselves on fire. Artoll. Artoll said that actors should perform like they are on fire. Signaling through the flames... THAT'S our job as comedians! To burn brightly and stand as a symbol. I will not give in to this consensous reality! Cut the demons loose, John! Let 'em loose! That's were your characters come from. Comedy is aggression. You think that's an empty phrase? Run out and kill ...
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Connections

References 1941 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Cara De Payaso
Portugese Lyrics and Music by H. Barbosa and L. Reis
Spanish Lyrics by Ben Molar
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indescribably bad
13 March 2002 | by budbeSee all my reviews

Here is a movie that is utterly without redeeming qualities.

I was a Belushi fan, but I never shared the opinion that Woodward's book was a hatchet job...on the contrary, I though it was a pretty good piece of journalism.

This movie, however, is not at all faithful to the book. There is a bunch of "ghost of Christmas past" kind of stuff with the ghost of Belushi riding through his past with a Latino cab driver who identifies himself as Belushi's 'guardian angel'...where did this come from?

It's certainly not in the book.

Everyone involved seems embarrassed to be part of this mess, and so they should!

On a scale of 1 to 10 I give "Wired" a MINUS 20...utter and complete garbage...the final insult to a great performer.


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