Premiere: November 5, 1986
Film Forum I – 57 Watts Street – NYC

Text & Direction – JoAnne Akalaitis
Marian Godfrey – Producer
Monty Diamond – Producer

…”Dead End Kids” aims to shake us out of our lethargy concerning The Bomb and the possibility of nuclear holocaust…
Judy Irola’s photography and the score by David Byrne (with additional material by Philip Glass) are first-rate, as are all the performances. Especially good is Ellen McElduff, who plays everything from an Ann Miller type of dancer (in the film’s big production number) to a cheery, contemporary television host, who shows us how to build our own bomb.The most interesting and involving sections of the film are those that play it comparatively straight, particularly the section devoted to Madame Curie.
-Vincent Canby – NY Times


George Bartenieff
David Brisbin
John Fistos
Michael Kuhling
Ruth Maleczech
Ellen McElduff
Greg Mehrten
Frederick Neumann
Terry O’Reilly
B-St. John Scofield
Scotty Snyder
Juliet Glass
Clove Galilee
Chas Cowing
Zachary Glass

Music by: David Byrne with additional music by: Philip Glass
Cinematography by: Judy Irola
Film Editing by: Darren Kloomok
Production Design: by John Arnone
Costume Design by: Kristi Zea
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: Forrest Murray
Sound Department: Margaret Crimmins
Electrician: James Donahue
First Assistant Camera: David Eubank
Special Make-up effects: Gabriel Bartalos

Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at The Sundance Film Festival

Toronto Film Festival – September, 1986
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN – October, 1986

Running time 90 minutes