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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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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:
Truly one of the most underrated masterpieces in film-making. See more (116 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)
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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
 
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
 
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Runtime:
86 min | USA:110 min (director's cut)
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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:
An uncredited party guest, Linda Haines was soon to become Mrs. Davy Jones only weeks after giving birth to their first daughter, Talia (second daughter Sarah followed three years later).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Peter Tork:Hey, Mike, son of a gun, a millionaire at 25.
Mike:Ask me how does it feel.
Peter Tork:What?
Mike:Ask me how does it feel.
Peter Tork:How does it feel?
Mike:I'll tell you how it feels. I don't like it, that's how it feels! I don't like surprises, I don't like all these people jumping around and shouting, wha - I don't even wanna HEAR what you're saying! Because you know what you're saying to me? You're saying "Happy Birthday" and you're jumping out of the walls and it's scaring me to death, and I'm supposed to be HAPPY about that.
Micky Dolenz:Aww, come on, Mike. Be a good sport.
Mike:Well, WHO NEEDS IT? Who needs surprises, and pajamas. You want to throw a birthday party, you don't kidnap me, you send me an invitation. Besides, I probably would have been happier where I was, sleeping. 'Happy birthday'... HAH!
[embarrassed murmer from party guests]
Mike:And I'll tell you something else too: the same thing goes for Christmas.
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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Truly one of the most underrated masterpieces in film-making., 12 October 2004
Author: cornelius-7 from Florida

I will admit, I had the opportunity in the past to watch this film, and after about 5 - 10 minutes into it, I felt like many did. I was expecting a Monkey movie that was similar to the television show, but instead I was given... well, I didn't know what I was given to be honest.

However, after finally watching this film, I realized that not only had I had a closed mind to the brilliance it depicts, I also found myself watching it over and over again. It's the one movie that never ceases to interest me, simply because it keeps me alert, as I try to attempt to decipher it's meanings. And just when I think I've figured out something in the film, it's answer is destroyed once I watch the film again. Brilliance indeed.

It seems that most people who disliked this film are wanting to watch a film with primarily a clear plot. They want everything explained and all questions answered in the finale. Well sorry, if that's what you're wanting, this is not the movie for you. But if you liked movies like The Matrix (and better yet, their sequels) I think you'll appreciate the thought provoking, mindblowing experience this film will give you.

Think of the film being like a dream. In our dreams, things make no sense, things we expect to happen don't, people places and things don't speak, act or function in the same way they do in reality. To complain about "Head" is like complaining about a dream you've had that you felt you could not understand. The mind is a complex system, and being that a film titled "Head" is just as complex, is it that difficult to relate the two?

The music (and musical numbers) really stand out, especially Peter Tork's two compositions, which remain the best tracks in the film, "Can You Dig It?" and "Long Title: Do I Have To Do This All Over Again?"

This film proves that The Monkees were much more than just four zanny guys in a 'pre-fab' group (as their critics called them) on a television show, but that they are actually much more intelligent and talented than the world would give them credit for. There's so many messages that can be derived from the film, both in regards to The Monkees and to the 'entertainment industry' in general, that it stands as a masterpiece of film-making that was far ahead of it's time.

I feel, had this film been released as an independent piece at this point and time, it would actually garner the respect and admiration it deserves.

And one finale note:

One could compare this to The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" film, since The Beatles film appeared to be just as strange and bizarre. However, in my opinion, "Head" stands far above anything The Beatles put on celluloid.

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