The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.

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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
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Off. Faye Lapid
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Swami
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Mr. and Mrs. Ace
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Mayor Feedback
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Black Sheik
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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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Trivia

The "box" shown in several scenes in the film was inspired by the lounge area built for The Monkees during the filming of their TV show. Between takes, they grew bored and wandered around the studio, often getting lost, so Screen Gems brass added a special room next to the soundstage. They would spend time there studying their scripts, composing and playing music, and smoking (which they were forbidden to do on the set). Colored lights were added to the room to page whoever was needed on the set. See more »

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As the Black Sheik rides across the desert sand, it's obvious from the already present hoofprints that we're not looking at the first take. See more »

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Cow: Monkees is da cwaziest people!
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Crazy Credits

These names were seen in reverse during the end credits: Srebmahc Yrret Oreh Snrub Ekim Gnihton Drapehs Rehtse Rehtom Iksotsleh Enitsirk Dneirf Lrig Namffoh Nhoj Dneifxes Eht Revaew Adnil Yraterces Revel Yelnah Mij Sidorf See more »

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Featured in TCM Underground: Head (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Kunstlerleben (Artist's Life), Op.316
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Briefly in the score after the mutant grasshopper is shown
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A Triumph
26 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To experience Head you really need to understand where the Monkees were when they filmed it.

This was as their series was coming to a close and the group was near break up. Their inventive and comedic series (sort of an American Idol of their day) took four unknown actors and formed a manufactured supergroup around them.

This is their take on their "manufactured image" and status as the 2nd tier Beatles. They always felt they were in a box, trapped, and unable to find credibility despite their talents.

It is also a hell of a musical-trippy, inventive (I have the soundtrack) and full of surprises.

See it with an open mind.


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