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


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$750,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Circle Sky
Written by Michael Nesmith
Performed by The Monkees (uncredited)
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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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