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Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000)

The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Stanchev ...
L.B. Fisher ...
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Van Foreman
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Harris Green
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Phyllis Nesmith
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Derek
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Carla (as Sarah LaFleur)
Toby Proctor ...
Auditioner #1
Balázs Koós ...
Beatnik Friend (as Balasz Kooks)
Jeffrey R. Smith ...
Auditioner #2 (as Jeff Smith)
Joe Matheson ...
Drunk Businessman
Charlotte Leonard ...
Young Girlfriend #1
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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 <kchishol@rogers.com>

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They achieved worldwide fame but, what they wanted... was respect.

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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »
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28 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Botcsinálta zenekar: A Monkees története  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The Monkees did not wear white in the real video for "Daydream Believer". See more »

Quotes

Micky Dolenz: Guys, it's not like it's personal, I mean dozens of pilots go unsold every year.
Davy Jones: Well, after this I'm done.
Peter Tork: Are you going back to England?
Davy Jones: Yeah, why not? Being a jockey is what I really wanted to be
Mike Nesmith: Well, you're definately the right size for it.
Davy Jones: For your information, I'm rather tall for horse racing.
Peter Tork: The horses are shorter in England.
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Connections

References The Monkees: Royal Flush (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by The Monkees
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
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Oh BROTHER.
6 December 2000 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Well, I mean, just look at my name. I knew from the start that I was going to be a bit picky about this movie, considering I'm a huge Monkees fan. But still, I thought it was terrible! The only good thing about it was the casting, which I was pretty surprised with on accuracy. But otherwise... I didn't think it was a keeper. The dialogue didn't hold interest, the seemingly misplaced beginning sequence was utterly confusing, and there seemed to be so many things that the movie left out. But personally, I believe the very worst part of the whole movie was the ending. Several people disagree with me, but if you ask me, it's almost *too* happy. As many know, the Monkees didn't end Monkee-walking off into the horizon, and never truly became happy with their image. I can see why VH1 would want a happy ending, but I still felt it chopped the story off too quickly and differently than real life. If you're a serious Monkee fan, I suggest you do see this movie once, but probably just to see what you can find that's wrong with it...


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