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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.

Director:

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

Micky Dolenz filmed his underwater rescue by the mermaids in the Bahamas. See more »

Goofs

As Mickey is climbing up onto the tank, the main gun is locked down in its rest. In the next shot, as he climbs the last bit and enters the hatch, it is unlocked from the rest and raised into battery. See more »

Quotes

Testy True: [holding out her snakebitten finger] Quick! Suck it before the venom reaches my heart.
Mike: WHAT heart?
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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

Referenced in Vanilla Sky (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Tuff
(uncredited)
Written by Ken Thorne & Bob Rafelson
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A Triumph
26 May 2007 | by jlarkin5See all my reviews

To experience Head you really need to understand where the Monkees were when they filmed it.

This was as their series was coming to a close and the group was near break up. Their inventive and comedic series (sort of an American Idol of their day) took four unknown actors and formed a manufactured supergroup around them.

This is their take on their "manufactured image" and status as the 2nd tier Beatles. They always felt they were in a box, trapped, and unable to find credibility despite their talents.

It is also a hell of a musical-trippy, inventive (I have the soundtrack) and full of surprises.

See it with an open mind.


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