Home of the Brave (1986 film)

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Home of the Brave
Directed byLaurie Anderson
Produced byPaula Mazur
StarringLaurie Anderson
Adrian Belew
William S. Burroughs [1]
Music byLaurie Anderson
Peter Gabriel (song "Excellent Birds")
CinematographyJohn Lindley
Edited byLisa Day
Distributed byCinecom Pictures [2]
Release date
  • April 25, 1986 (1986-04-25)
Running time
90 min.[3]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,250,000[4]

Home of the Brave is a 1986 American concert film directed by, and featuring the music of, Laurie Anderson. The film's full on-screen title is Home of the Brave: A Film by Laurie Anderson. The performances were filmed at the Park Theater in Union City, NJ, during the summer of 1985.

The film included appearances by guitarist Adrian Belew, author William S. Burroughs, keyboardist Joy Askew, and percussionist David Van Tieghem. Barry Sonnenfeld, who was early in his movie-making career, receives an early film credit for operating second projection camera on this film. The film was released by Cinecom Pictures, but it was commercially unsuccessful.

A soundtrack album, which contained studio versions of some songs from the film, and live versions of others, was released concurrently with the film (see Home of the Brave LP).

The film was briefly available on VHS and Laserdisc in the early 1990s from Warner Bros. Records. In 2007, Anderson announced on her official Web site that the film would be released to DVD as part of a video box set.[5] The announcement was later removed.

Musical selections included songs taken from Anderson's 1984 album Mister Heartbreak (the film was shot during a tour in support of the album) and a couple of selections from her United States multimedia show of 1983, and several original pieces. Warner Bros. requested that Anderson create a single-friendly release from the soundtrack, so she recorded a faster-tempo, dance-mix version of the song "Smoke Rings". Ultimately, this recording was not released; however, it can be heard during the All-Night Diner sequence of her short film What You Mean We? Instead, a version of "Language is a Virus" that differs from the film performance was recorded and produced by Nile Rodgers, released a single, and a music video was released using footage from the film but the studio recording of the song; it received wide airplay.

The first vocal song performed by Anderson in the film is "Excellent Birds," a collaboration with Peter Gabriel from Mister Heartbreak. Although Gabriel does not appear in this film, and the song is not performed as a duet, Home of the Brave was released a few months after a second version with Anderson was released as "This Is the Picture (Excellent Birds)" on Gabriel's album, So.

Gabriel also originally provided background vocals on "Gravity's Angel" from Mister Heartbreak. Guitarist Adrian Belew sings the part more prominently in the film version.


The following pieces are performed in the film:

  1. Good Evening (instrumental)
  2. Zero and One (spoken word)
  3. Excellent Birds
  4. Old Hat (spoken word)
  5. Drum Dance (instrumental)
  6. Smoke Rings
  7. Late Show (instrumental with vocal sample by William S. Burroughs)
  8. White Lily (spoken word)
  9. Sharkey's Day
  10. How to Write (instrumental with spoken word introduction by Sang Won Park)
  11. Kokoku
  12. Radar (instrumental with wordless vocalizations by Anderson)
  13. Gravity's Angel
  14. Langue d'amour
  15. Talk Normal
  16. Difficult Listening Hour (spoken word)
  17. Language Is a Virus
  18. Sharkey's Night
  19. Credit Racket (instrumental)

Only "Late Show", "White Lily", "Radar", and "Sharkey's Night" appear on the soundtrack album as they are performed in the film. Studio versions of "Smoke Rings", "Language Is a Virus", and "Talk Normal" are used on the album, as is "Credit Racket", which is also a studio track that is played over the closing credits in the film. None of the other performances in this film have to date been released in audio format.

In addition to the above, William S. Burroughs also performs two brief excerpts from "Sharkey's Night", the song he performs on Anderson's album Mr. Heartbreak. In the film, Anderson performs the complete song herself at the end of the movie.


  1. ^ "Home of the Brave (1986) - Movie". www.moviefone.com.
  2. ^ "Home of the Brave (1986) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. "Home of the Brave Movie Review (1986) - Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com.
  4. ^ Home of the Brave at Box Office Mojo
  5. ^ "laurieanderson.com". Archived from the original on 2007-03-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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