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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself
Adrian Belew ...
Himself - Guitar
Tommy Mars ...
Himself - Keyboards
Terry Bozzio ...
Himself - Drums
Kerry McNabb ...
Himself - Soundman
Ron Delsener ...
Himself - Concert Promoter
Bruce Bickford ...
Himself - Animator
Robert Leacock ...
Himself - Bickford's Cameraman (as Rob Leacock)
Ed Mann ...
Himself - Percussion
Warren Cuccurullo ...
Himself - Backstage Fan (as Warren Cucurullo)
Chrissie Martin ...
Herself - Cuccurullo's Girlfriend (as Chris Martin)
Klaus Hundsbichler ...
Himself - Bickford's Film Editor
Roy Estrada ...
Himself - The Mexican Pope
John Smothers ...
Himself - Zappa's Bodyguard
David B. Ditkowwich ...
Himself - Brooklyn For Zappa (as David Ditkowich)
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Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation. Written by Dan Priebe <av313@detroit.freenet.org>

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A movie about people who do stuff that is not normal.


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The film had particular trouble finding a distributor. Frank Zappa tried to interest Untied Artists, the company that released 200 Motels (1971). Fearing that they were about to be embroiled in the Heaven's Gate (1980) fiasco, they turned him down. Other studios followed in United Artists' footsteps, fearing that Zappa's trademark cinematic style had lost considerable appeal in post-'70s pop culture. Several European distributors told Zappa that there might be interest if it were cut from its original 168-minute running time. The film was cut to 90 minutes and still there were no takers. Even after Bruce Bickford's sequences won first prize at a French animated film competition, there was no interest. Eventually Zappa took it upon himself to distribute the film independently via his own Intercontinental Absurdities production company. The film ran 24 hours a day at the Victoria Theater in New York City and made a handsome profit. See more »

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Frank Zappa: [after having presented a real whip to the participating audience] Hey, this is Halloween, we don't fuck around!
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Crazy Credits

Last part of the credits displays: GIVE YOURSELF UP. YOU ARE COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY POLICEMEN. IF YOU COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP WE GUARANTEE YOU WON'T BE HARMED. See more »

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Punky's Whips
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Zappa is not dead, he just smells funny.
11 June 2004 | by (out there...) – See all my reviews

Wow!

I just saw this movie for the first time today. I had already seen SOME parts of it, but never THE WHOLE MOVIE. It's great to see Frank Zappa work with his band and enjoying himself. He does a few very interesting guitar solo's, which I think are GREAT to experience. Some parts of this movie are backstage events. Some parts are clay-animation, which is done really nice!

The movie ends with a GRAND FINALE, that takes about an hour of uninterrupted live footage, which does get quite intense at some points.

Glad this movie was made!


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