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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 ...
Van Foreman
Harris Green
Phyllis Nesmith
Carla (as Sarah LaFleur)
Toby Proctor ...
Auditioner #1
Balázs Koós ...
Beatnik Friend (as Balasz Kooks)
Auditioner #2 (as Jeff Smith)
Joe Matheson ...
Drunk Businessman
Charlotte Leonard ...
Young Girlfriend #1


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.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


When The Monkees did the promotional concert on the train before the show aired, they performed inside the train in the red eight-button shirt, not outside in vests. And Micky Dolenz played the drums on the train. See more »


Harris Green: You're crazy, you know that? Do you have any idea what you have just given up?
Peter Tork: You can never move forward standing in the same place, Harris.
Harris Green: Yeah, well, let's see how many records you can sell when you're not in people's living room.
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References Ally McBeal (1997) See more »


I Wanna Be Free
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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Why re-do the show segments we'd already seen?
26 July 2002 | by (Louisville) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Monkees fan, from the time I was a toddler (I was 1 when the show premiered). I've seen every episode, read books, own box sets--you get the picture. I was excited when I saw that VH1 was going to air this movie, and kept an open mind while watching, knowing that no biopic ever gets it all right, and since I know more about the subject than the average viewer, I didn't want to judge too harshly. This one was definitely a mixed bag, a mostly disappointing one.

The movie wouldn't have been too bad, except for the ending--sooooo goofily bad! And why waste time re-doing segments from the show, particularly the entire "Daydream Believer" video? Plus, combining the creators into one guy was weird. The cast was pretty good, though, especially the actor who played Mike.

It's fine to watch if you're killing time and happen upon it on TV. It's just not one worth making an effort to see.

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