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Head (1968)

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The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.

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Bob Rafelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Tork ... Peter
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Victor Mature ... The Big Victor
Annette Funicello ... Minnie
Timothy Carey ... Lord High 'n Low
Logan Ramsey ... Off. Faye Lapid
Abraham Sofaer ... Swami
Vito Scotti ... I. Vitteloni
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Inspector Shrink
T.C. Jones T.C. Jones ... Mr. and Mrs. Ace
Charles Irving Charles Irving ... Mayor Feedback
William Bagdad ... Black Sheik
Percy Helton ... Heraldic Messenger
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Storyline

Running in from seemingly nowhere, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith & Peter Tork - better known collectively as The Monkees - disrupt a bridge opening ceremony. From where and why did they come to disrupt the proceedings? They were filming a series of vignettes in several different genres, including a wild west sequence, a desert war sequence, a Confederate war sequence, and a science fiction sequence. They disagree with much of what is happening around them, and try to figure out how to escape the oppression they feel - symbolized by a big black box in which they are seemingly imprisoned - by the forces around. That oppression is often shown in the form of "The Big Victor Mature". Written by Huggo

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What is HEAD all about? Only John Brockman's shrink knows for sure!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Changes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Raybert Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Had its television broadcast premiere on The CBS Late Movie (1972), Monday, December 30, 1974 (Michael Nesmith's thirty-second birthday, and Davy Jones' twenty-ninth), at 11:30 p.m. EST, airing opposite The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) on NBC, and The Gator Bowl (Texas Longhorns versus Auburn Tigers) on ABC. CBS repeated the film on Monday, July 7, 1975, also at 11:30 p.m. EDT, against The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) on NBC, and The Wide World of Mystery (1973) on ABC. See more »

Goofs

Annette Funicello's character is called Theresa by Davy before the boxing sequence, but is listed as Minnie in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Micky's conscience: Pathetic!
Micky Dolenz: I can't...
Micky's conscience: It's pitiful!
Micky Dolenz: Shut up.
Micky's conscience: You shut up.
Micky Dolenz: No, YOU shut up!
Micky's conscience: YOU shut up!
Micky Dolenz: Shut up!
Micky's conscience: You!
Micky Dolenz: [completely losing his temper] SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUPYOOOOUUUUU!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The movie ends with a still shot of a stylized, apparently vintage Columbia Pictures logo. The "film" then: 1) skips a few frames, 2) gets tangled up in the projector mechanism, 3) catches fire and burns/melts, and 4) the film on which all of this has been filmed breaks as the soundtrack continues. As the music ends, the laugh of the woman kissing the Monkees in the first scene is heard again. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was previewed in August 1968, its original cut ran about 110 mins. It was trimmed down to 86 mins. for the premiere. See more »

Connections

References Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Tuff
(uncredited)
Written by Ken Thorne & Bob Rafelson
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Forget Rocky Horror-this is the best midnight movie
7 July 2004 | by murkingSee all my reviews

Forget trying to make sense of this film, you missed the point. Yes it's surreal '60s cheese, but it's well made, thanks to Rafelson and a hefty budget which the monkees were never denied of funding. There are priceless moments like the part where Peter storms off screen trying to voice his complaint to Rafelson while the likes of Jack Nicholson and dennis Hopper also try to grab BR's attention.

The songs by King/ Mann/Weill and the Monkees themselves are fantastic, and the visuals are MTV-transcended and utterly groundbreaking. Gorgeous stuff. Can you Dig it features an incredible fusion of Bellydance and Psychedelic dance. I think Zappa is somehow shortchanged in the mix...the cow is given the punchline (?)


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