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The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (1988)

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A GREAT COMPANION TO THE MOVIE!
25 January 1999 | by (Tonkawa, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Well-made and well-told behind-the-scenes look at the making of his 1971 film, "200 Motels". Best moments including the firing of Jeff Simmons, and the replacing of Martin Licket in the role of Jeff. Excellent companion to the movie itself!


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