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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 ...
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Carla (as Sarah LaFleur)
Toby Proctor ...
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They achieved worldwide fame but, what they wanted... was respect.


Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »





Release Date:

28 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta zenekar: A Monkees története  »

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Just cute!
31 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Okay, I must confess that this movie is more like a fanfiction than a real biography, but it based on "Hey Hey We're The Monkees", by Harold Bronson and the same named Interview Special. The guys who played the Monkees did a very good job (and it was a hard one!) and so did the people who produced the film, although they didn't have much time or money to do the movie. Sure the wigs DO look ridiculous and sure there ARE lots of mistakes in the film, but the feeling of the sixties shines through it. L.B. Fisher was excellent as Peter Tork, Jeff Geddis portrayed Mike Nesmith very good (especially the rage of fury!), George Stanchev must have practiced Davy's dancing very hard and sometimes I thought Aaron Lohr WAS Micky Dolenz. And by the way: These guys are just cute and absolute adorable!

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