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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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George Stanchev ...
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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
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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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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

Toward the end of the movie, Mike visits Phyllis in the hospital after she's hurt in an auto accident. Phyllis actually recovered at home. See more »

Quotes

Phyllis Nesmith: I don't know if I like being the only girl in the middle of all this guy talk.
Peter Tork: It's just love, Phyllis. We need all the love we can get. There's so much anger in the world these days.
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Connections

References The Monkees: The Devil and Peter Tork (1968) See more »

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Left-Handed Strat
Written & Performed by Stan Meissner
Published by Wychwood Park Music/BMG Music Publishing Canada
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Coulda been better, but could've been a lot worse...
9 August 2000 | by (Baltimore, MD, US) – See all my reviews

I didn't really know what to expect when I tuned into VH1 for their latest BioPic. After spending a day with Monkees episodes and then the Behind the Music, I was curious what it would be like to have "fake-Monkees" on the screen. What I found was an interesting film. The individual performances were 75% acceptable... I was actually awe-struck while watching L.B. Fisher portray Peter Tork. I think just about everyone has to admit that he certainly nailed his role. Aaron Lohr pulled Micky off alright. His hair was a little too curly, but that's forgivable, right? Jeff Geddis was a convincing Mike. Especially during the audition scenes. I actually believe he had the timing and the movements exactly correct, or at least very nearly. Now, for the not-so-pleasantly-reviewed-actor. George Stanchev may be a fine actor, but I don't think he was well suited for Davy. For one, he was too tall; Two, the accent.. ouch; and thirdly the cleft in his chin grabbed more attention than his acting. Agree? Disagree? Oh well. Did anyone else notice the green sign that read "Davy is Groovy" in *every* concert sequence? I found that kind of endearing, actually, the budget really must have been quite low, but I can deal with that.

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