In 1966, producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafaelson come up with the idea of creating a TV show that would feature the American answer to the Beatles, The Monkees. Eventually, four young men are chosen for the roles, Mickey Dolenz the former child TV star, the stage actor Davey Jones and the musicians, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork. With the aid of a successful music producer and able TV promotion, the Monkees become a sensation. However, that success is tainted, to the chagrin of the band, as they find themselves labeled as talentless phonies. This film covers the band's frustrating struggle to prove their detractors wrong as they struggle to earn some artist legitimacy. Whether it's by learning to excel as a band or experimenting with wild ideas for their show and film, Head, nothing seems to work. Meanwhile the band have their internal tensions as various members struggle to decide what is really important to them, simple material success, or having real artistic respect for their ... Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
They achieved worldwide fame but, what they wanted... was respect.
Did You Know?
At one point, character Davy Jones says to one of the other Monkees who has just woken him up suddenly, "Hey, man, are you trying to give me a heart attack?" Davy Jones actually died of a heart attack in 2012 at age 66. See more
You're crazy, you know that? Do you have any idea what you have just given up?
You can never move forward standing in the same place, Harris.
Yeah, well, let's see how many records you can sell when you're not in people's living room.
References I Dream of Jeannie
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Written by Bobby Hart
and Tommy Boyce
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by The Monkees
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