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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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The laughs and times of John Belushi. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Because the film is an "unauthorized" biopic, many of the skits and song numbers performed on Saturday Night Live (1975) were copyrighted by NBC, so in the film, some were made-up and not in fact actual skits and numbers John performed (i.e. "The Samurai Baseball" skit and the "634-5789" Blues Brothers number). Similarly, where Belushi famously mocked Joe Cocker's performance of "With a Little Help from My Friends" at Woodstock, in the film Cocker's later hit "You Are So Beautiful" is performed. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Fromson: You can't do this. You can't abuse yourself.
John Belushi: LOOK, I don't pay you to be my best friend. I don't ask you what you do after six o'clock, DON'T ASK ME! NOBODY TELLS ME WHAT TO DO!
Arnie Fromson: You can't tell me what to do with you either. I'm not talking about business now, John. I'm talking about your life.
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Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Wired (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Know Like I Know
Written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter
Performed by Michael Chiklis
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There's a short, somewhere...
10 January 2011 | by Howlin WolfSee all my reviews

It's like a deeply unsettling version of Scrooged, based upon the life of a real person. I can understand why his friends and family were outraged, however, to an interested bystander it emerges as an oddly fascinating - albeit imperfect - movie.

It's character assassination, which doesn't in itself mean this is a bad movie, just a distasteful one. I thought it was a really good film. Perhaps one that should never have been made, but maybe that's why it's so powerful.

Every film has an agenda, so this one is no different... but just because it stays fixated on one angle doesn't mean that there's no insight at all to be gained from it.


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