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Head (1968)

G  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Fantasy  |  20 November 1968 (USA)
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The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Tork ...
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Davy (as David Jones)
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The Big Victor
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Minnie
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Lord High 'n Low
Logan Ramsey ...
Off. Faye Lapid
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Swami
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I. Vitteloni
Charles Macaulay ...
Inspector Shrink
T.C. Jones ...
Mr. and Mrs. Ace
Charles Irving ...
Mayor Feedback
William Bagdad ...
Black Sheik
Percy Helton ...
Heraldic Messenger
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Storyline

Running in from seemingly nowhere, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith & Peter Tork - better known collectively as The Monkees - disrupt a bridge opening ceremony. From where and why did they come to disrupt the proceedings? They were filming a series of vignettes in several different genres, including a wild west sequence, a desert war sequence, a Confederate war sequence, and a science fiction sequence. They disagree with much of what is happening around them, and try to figure out how to escape the oppression they feel - symbolized by a big black box in which they are seemingly imprisoned - by the forces around. That oppression is often shown in the form of "The Big Victor Mature". Written by Huggo

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What is HEAD all about? Only John Brockman's shrink knows for sure!


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$750,000 (estimated)
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Rumors abound that the title was chosen in case a sequel was made. The advertisements would supposedly have read: "From the people who gave you HEAD." See more »

Goofs

Wires pulling the mermaids and Mickey through the water can be seen at the beginning of the film. Wires are also visible supporting the Monkees before getting sucked into the vacuum, and when falling from the sky into the street at the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Davy Jones: [The Monkees are in a trench in a W.W. II movie] I can't see it's too deep!
Mike Nesmith: What you say?
Mike Nesmith: I said I can't see, it's too deep. I need another boost or something.
Micky Dolenz: Here, you can stand on my helmet. It's too heavy, I don't want to wear it, it's a drag, it presses down on my head.
Peter Tork: You really ought to wear your helmet.
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with a still shot of a stylized, apparently vintage Columbia Pictures logo. The "film" then: 1) skips a few frames, 2) gets tangled up in the projector mechanism, 3) catches fire and burns/melts, and 4) the film on which all of this has been filmed breaks as the soundtrack continues. As the music ends, the laugh of the woman kissing the Monkees in the first scene is heard again. See more »


Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
Performed by The Monkees
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Why isn't this more well known?
4 July 2000 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

I can't believe this isn't a huge cult hit. Perhaps people in 1968, thinking of the Monkees as a silly factory-made pop band rip-off of the Beatles, refused to see it. That cynicism probably covered it from sight ever since. Don't make this mistake. _Head_ is an amazing film that most open minded people will appreciate. It is very funny and very intelligent (and very trippy).


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