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Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  28 June 2000 (USA)
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The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians.

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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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »
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Botcsinálta zenekar: A Monkees története  »

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Trivia

One scene shows a person using Liquid Paper to correct sheet music. Liquid Paper was invented by Michael Nesmith's mother. See more »

Goofs

The first day of shooting on the first episode to be shot (though it was broadcast as # eight), "Monkees, The" (1966) {Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth (#1.8)} is recreated. However, The Monkees are seen wearing the costumes from second season episode "Monkees, The" (1966) {Hillbilly Honeymoon (#2.7)} during this scene. See more »

Quotes

Davy Jones: You know blokes, I don't think we're wanted here.
Mike Nesmith: You know, this sounds like every party I've ever been invited to. People always wanted me to leave.
Micky Dolenz: Ohoh, and miss all your warmth and charm?
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References Friends (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

(All In The) All In All
Written by Doug Fieger & Oliver Leiber
Published by Doug Fieger Music and Tatoons, Inc.
Performed by The Knack
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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