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Baby Snakes (1979)

R  |   |  Documentary, Comedy, Music  |  21 December 1979 (USA)
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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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Fantastic stuff!!!
20 December 2003 | by (I Come From Nowhere.) – See all my reviews

I am so glad this movie was finally released on DVD. My VHS copy was starting to wear out. This movie is a must for any Zappa fan. Thoroughly enjoyable, every minute of it. The claymation is unbelievable. The concert footage is amazing. The backstage antics are hilarious. And, Frank Zappa was a brilliant guitar player.


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