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(1971)

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The role of Jeff was originally intended for Mothers bassist Jeff Simmons who quit the group just prior to filming. Needing a replacement, Frank Zappa hired Wilfrid Brambell. Within a few days, Brambell walked off the set in a rage and Zappa had to replace him. During a crew meeting, Zappa announced that he would give the part to the next person who walked into the room. Martin Lickert, who was Ringo Starr's chauffeur, was thus cast in the role upon returning from the limousine with a pack of cigarettes for Starr.
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Unlike most movie musicals, the soundtrack was recorded live as the film was shot, instead of recording the soundtrack beforehand and then lipsynching during filming.
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Frank Zappa originally wanted Christopher Lee to play Rance Muhammitz.
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While Frank Zappa appears extensively in this film, either conducting the orchestra or playing his guitar, he neither sings nor speaks.
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The movie was shot on videotape, at Pinewood Studios, London, England in five days at the beginning of February 1971.
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Cited as the first British-made example of the videotape-to-film process.
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