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


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Release Date:
20 November 1968 (USA) See more »
What is HEAD all about? Only John Brockman's shrink knows for sure!
The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 Nelson .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Burton Gershfield .... special color effects
Bruce Lane .... special color effects
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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Additional Details

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86 min | USA:110 min (director's cut)
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1990) | USA:G

Did You Know?

Michael Nesmith's birthday party sequence was shot at Paramount Studios on a set from Rosemary's Baby (1968). It featured 100 extras and pop artist Edward Kienholz, whose 1964 sculpture "Back Seat Dodge '38" was featured on set.See more »
Continuity: Annette Funicello's character is called Theresa by Davy before the boxing sequence, but is listed as Minnie in the end credits.See more »
Micky's conscience:Pathetic!
Micky Dolenz:I can't...
Micky's conscience:It's pitiful!
Micky Dolenz:Shut up.
Micky's conscience:You shut up.
Micky Dolenz:No, YOU shut up!
Micky's conscience:YOU shut up!
Micky Dolenz:Shut up!
Micky's conscience:You!
Micky Dolenz:[completely losing his temper] SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPYOOOOUUUUU!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Across the Universe (2007)See more »
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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Accidental Masterpiece, 27 July 2006
Author: (winner55) from United States

Forget Easy Rider - Head is THE film about the 1960s.

Almost laugh: as the Monkees reduce their entire career to a one-minute TV commercial about dandruff! See: the 50 foot Victor Mature try to figure out what the heck he's doing in this film! Hear: Frank Zappa (with his pet cow on leash) tell Davey Jones "Your music is awfully white"! Experience: the Monkees' only live performance as a real rock band play the honest-to-gosh first-ever real punk-rock song (Circle Sky)! Listen: as Davey Jones sings a Harry Nielsen song about having a transsexual father! Be confused: be very confused, as confused as Terri Garr is when Mickey Dolenz makes sexual innuendos about her in her film debut! Witness: futile protests against the Vietnam War leap out of nowhere and just as quickly disappear! Watch: Mike Nesmith spit on Christmas while wearing a velvet Victorian smoking jacket in a cobwebbed Gothic horror-movie sound-stage! Let yourself drift: into the karmic bliss inspired by a comic-book version of Indian mysticism delivered by a hammy white character-actor in black-face, while Peter Tork pretends that he knows how to play a guitar! Discover: Academy Award winning director Bob Rafelson's first feature length film, as written by Academy Award winning actor Jack Nicholson! Pretend it's not happening: when the Monkees commit group suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge! Take drugs - take a lot of drugs: take as many drugs as the cast and crew evidently did while making this film!

With Head, the Monkees revealed themselves as the angriest, snottiest entertainers in Hollywood history, bar none. It is bewildering to discover that they blamed the failure of this film on bad promo. To be sure, the promotion was virtually non-existent; but did they not recognize how angry, how down-right depressing, how self-destructive this film actually is?! I mean, this film is a trip - on bad acid - to the suicide ward of a mental hospital. The only film I know to be this depressing is Terry Gilliam's Brazil; and like Brazil, this film reveals why life in the later 20th Century was almost unbearable - if you were lucky. It's not simply that Western culture was suffering from serious information-overload, but the information itself was just bad, bad, more bad, and dismal. In fact, it was the overload effect itself that kept people going, since this allowed people to keep distracting themselves with one crisis or another - if news from Vietnam became too much to bear, they could turn the channel and watch a documentary on the rising unemployment rate.

The "positive" response to the reality revealed in Head was Woodstock - three days of peace and love and nudity and mud and bugs and bad food and dirty drink and poop and pee and bad acid and Peter Townsend almost killing Abbie Hoffman. All taking place behind a steel fence, under the lovingly watchful eyes of a veritable army of NY State Troopers - meaning that the "freedom" of Woodstock Nation was as illusory as the song John Sebastion thought he was singing while so strung out he could barely speak. "500,000 assholes too stupid to come in out of the rain," was one critic's judgment on Woodstock (I think it was Andy Warhol).

The one good thing occurring there was Jimi Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner. Two years previously, the Jimi Hendrix Experience had gone on their first National tour of America, as the warm-up band opening for - the Monkees.

See, it's all connected somehow.

You owe it to yourself - nay, you owe it to your unborn children - to see the real 1960s, only to be found on film in this bizarre, miraculous, and utterly absurd tribute to one of the more interesting capitalist scams of the later 20th Century.

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