This hour-long special that aired on ABC finds Davy, Micky, Peter, and Mike loking back on the old days (with a medley of their hits) and promoting their 1996 CD "Justus" with 3 music ... See full summary »
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
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One scene shows a person using Liquid Paper to correct sheet music. Liquid Paper was invented by Michael Nesmith's mother. See more »
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 »
You're crazy, you know that? Do you have any idea what you have just given up?
You can never move forward standing in the same place, Harris.
Yeah, well, let's see how many records you can sell when you're not in people's living room.
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I really liked this film and thought it true to the Monkees' story
"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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