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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

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)
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Auditioner #2 (as Jeff Smith)
Joe Matheson ...
Drunk Businessman
Charlotte Leonard ...
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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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28 June 2000 (USA)  »

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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

Outside a teen record store soon after The Monkees premiered in fall 1966, there is a prominent window display of a twist record - a dance that had fallen out of popularity at least three years earlier and which no record store pandering to teens would be promoting at that late date. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Get Smart (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

All Of Your Toys
Written by Bill Martin
Published by Sixteen Stars Music and Dreamworks Music Publishing, LLC
Performed by The Monkees
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
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I really liked this film and thought it true to the Monkees' story
3 November 2000 | by (Orange County, CA.) – See all my reviews

"Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story (2000)" was an enjoyable, and poignant film about the real-life experiences of the four actor/musicians who played the Monkees. I was a die-hard Monkees fan in the late 60's and so actually looked to be critical of the film, but found it to be truly believable and informative. The film flowed evenly, the acting was excellent, and the situations, as portrayed, held my interest throughout the film. It is always fascinating to view just how different things went "behind the scenes" than are actually presented on the screen, in the fan magazines, i.e. to the "public". This type of project contrasts the "daydream" with real-life, and lets us see our "celebrities" as real, and fallible, human beings. I wouldn't get tired of watching this film and definitely plan on buying it.


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