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

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Director:
Writers:
Bob Rafelson (written by) and
Jack Nicholson (written by)
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Release Date:
20 November 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What is HEAD all about? Only John Brockman's shrink knows for sure!
Plot:
The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
"For those who look for meaning, and form as they do fact..." get a life. See more (118 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Peter Tork ... Peter

Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)

Micky Dolenz ... Micky

Michael Nesmith ... Mike

Victor Mature ... The Big Victor

Annette Funicello ... Minnie

Timothy Carey ... Lord High 'n Low
Logan Ramsey ... Off. Faye Lapid

Abraham Sofaer ... Swami

Vito Scotti ... 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
Sonny Liston ... Extra
Ray Nitschke ... Private One
Carol Doda ... Sally Silicone

Frank Zappa ... The Critic
June Fairchild ... The Jumper

Teri Garr ... Testy True (as Terry Garr)
Mireille Machu ... Lady Pleasure (as I.J. Jefferson)
Terry Chambers ... Oreh (as Srebmahc Yrret)
Mike Burns ... Gnihton (as Snrub Ekim)
Esther Shepard ... Rehtom (as Drapehs Rehtse)
Kristine Helstoski ... Dneirf Lrig (as Iksotsleh Enitsirk)
John Hoffman ... Dneifxes Eht (as Namffoh Nhoj)
Linda Weaver ... Yraterces Revol (as Revaew Adnil)
Jim Hanley ... Frodis (as Yelnah Mij)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon C. Andersen ... Himself (uncredited)
Rona Barrett ... Herself (uncredited)

Toni Basil ... Daddy's Song Dancer (uncredited)
John Brockman ... Himself - The Face (uncredited)
Chelsea Brown ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)
John Dennis ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Old Man (uncredited)
Linda Haines ... Surprise Party Guest (uncredited)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself (uncredited)
Tor Johnson ... Guard (uncredited)
Valerie Kairys ... Spectator - Jumping Girl Scene (uncredited)

Helena Kallianiotes ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... On-Looker (uncredited)
Lee Kolima ... Guard (uncredited)
Jacqui Landrum ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Phyllis Barbour Nesmith ... Surprise Party Guest (uncredited)
Ngoc Loan Nguyen ... Himself - Executioner (archive footage) (uncredited)
Van Lem Nguyen ... Himself - Executed Viet Cong Soldier (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jack Nicholson ... Movie director at filmshoot in restaurant (uncredited)

The Radio City Rockettes ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bob Rafelson ... Himself (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... On-Looker (uncredited)

Jo Anne Worley ... Woman in Playtex Bra Ad (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Rafelson 
 
Writing credits
Bob Rafelson (written by) and
Jack Nicholson (written by)

Micky Dolenz  uncredited
Davy Jones  uncredited
Michael Nesmith  uncredited
Peter Tork  uncredited

Produced by
Jack Nicholson .... producer
Bob Rafelson .... producer
Bert Schneider .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Michel Hugo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Pozen  (as Mike Pozen)
Monte Hellman (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Sydney Z. Litwack 
 
Set Decoration by
Ned Parsons 
 
Production Management
Harold Schneider .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jon C. Andersen .... assistant director (as Jon Andersen)
 
Art Department
Jack H. Williams .... property master (as Jack Williams)
 
Sound Department
Les Fresholtz .... sound recordist
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Burton Gershfield .... special color effects
Bruce Lane .... special color effects
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gene Ashman .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gerald Shepard .... editor: musical numbers (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music coordinator
Ken Thorne .... composer: incidental music
Ken Thorne .... conductor: incidental music
Keith Allison .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Toni Basil .... choreographer
Marilyn Schlossberg .... assistant to producers
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
86 min | USA:110 min (director's cut)
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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1990) | USA:G
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Monkees wanted to be involved in this project from start to finish. When they learned they would be denied screenwriting credit, all but Peter Tork decided to rebel by failing to show up on the first day of shooting, 11 February 1968.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Micky, Davy, and Mike are cornered by the man in the cloak, close-ups of Mike flipped - the part in his hair is backwards.See more »
Quotes:
Davy:Psst! Hey, c'mere. Now this is serious. What ya say, you and me, go someplace where we wont bump into each other again?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Happy Birthday to YouSee more »

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"For those who look for meaning, and form as they do fact..." get a life., 31 October 2002
Author: CaptHayfever from The Black Box

I just can't understand why people are surprised this movie makes no sense. It was never supposed to make sense. (Duh! The writers were completely wasted on Frodis at the time.) It was just supposed to entertain and mock, and it does both wonderfully.

The Monkees are good actors. They wouldn't have been hired if they weren't good actors. Mike has a thing for deadpan and darkness, Micky is the best at sheer psychotic comedy, Davy is a Broadway veteran, and Peter actually had people believing he was that dumb in real life. Don't tell me they can't act, because they most definitely can.

They can also write. Sure, Jack & Bob get the sole credits, but in reality, they got a big helping hand on that script from the Monkees, who were also in that smoke-filled room.

(it is absolutely impossible to spoil this film) Head is very highly symbolic. Among the more memorable elements is the black box, which was actually based on 2 things: the Monkee image that the boys were bound to, and the real black box on the Screen Gems lot where the band was kept between takes. There's so much more symbolism in the movie that I'll just let you watch it and figure it out.

The music is awesome. "Circle Sky" is one of Papa Nez's best tunes ever, and "Porpoise Song" & "As We Go Along" will have you enthralled. If you'd rather be weirded out, then "Ditty Diego", "Can You Dig It?", and "Long Title" should be satisfactory, great songs that they are. And then there's "Daddy's Song", without a doubt a homage to Davy's Broadway days, and the editing/color scheming for that sequence is superb. (At least for '68.)

Oh, For those of you who won't watch a 'PG' film, you're missing out. Especially since Head was originally rated R in 1968. The rating was lowered about TWENTY years later!

Now where was I? Ah, yes: "We were speaking of beliefs. Beliefs and conditioning...."

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