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


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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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May be plot less, but it is certainly not without meaning and is very intelligently put together See more (120 total) »


  (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
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?

Cameo: [Jack Nicholson]after Peter Tork punches a guy in drag.See more »
Continuity: When the cop orders The Monkees out of the box, he is wearing sunglasses. The camera angle changes as they climb down, and suddenly the sunglasses are in the cop's hand.See more »
Heraldic Messenger:[Peter opens the door to find a heraldic messenger holding a pretty girl on a chain] Oh, oh, dear, I got a wire for a Monkee.
Peter:Thank you.
Heraldic Messenger:It's a, it was nothing.
Peter:Oh, I wouldn't say that. We all have loved ones, you know.
[the heraldic messenger cackles as he leads the pretty girl away on her chain]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Linguists (2008)See more »
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
May be plot less, but it is certainly not without meaning and is very intelligently put together, 16 October 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

The cinema of the 60s was as much as time of revolution as the politics and the music. Filmmakers were daring to make avant-garde films discussing taboo subjects only permitted before in exploitation films. Starting with both "Breathless" and underground American cinema (such as Kenneth Anger), films became more and more experimental. All of this accumulated when Hollywood realized they had mass commercial appeal with "Easy Rider". One of the best (and most surprising) outputs of this era was also one of the least successful initially. "Head" was made when The Monkees career was seriously waning, which is what damned one of the best psychedelic films ever made.

The plot? Well, there really isn't one, as many have said. It involves The Monkees going from one surreal scenario to the next one. However, these sequences are all obviously LSD-tinged and basically mock how The Monkees were sick of being confined to their light pre-fab reputation. Its a shame that the film found no audience. The teeny boppers who loved them had moved onto a new fad as they always do. The psychedelic / Haight-Ashbury crowd to whom the film was garnered would never be caught dead at a Monkees movie. Its all their loss. This film may be plot less, but it is certainly not without meaning and is very intelligently put together. The crew later made both "Easy Rider" and "Five Easy Pieces". The film was later revived at a 1973 Raybert retrospective and it gained a very positive response, which granted it the cult following it had deserved for a long time. Ironically, The Monkees would fall victim to the same commercialism they protested in this film with their later 80s reunion. (10/10)

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