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


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Davy (as David Jones)
The Big Victor
Lord High 'n Low
Off. Faye Lapid
I. Vitteloni
Charles Macaulay ...
Inspector Shrink
T.C. Jones ...
Mr. and Mrs. Ace
Charles Irving ...
Mayor Feedback
Black Sheik
Heraldic Messenger
Private One
Carol Doda ...
Sally Silicone
The Critic
The Jumper
Testy True (as Terry Garr)
Mireille Machu ...
Lady Pleasure (as I.J. Jefferson)
Terry Chambers ...
Oreh (as Srebmahc Yrret)
Mike Burns ...
Gnihton (as Snrub Ekim)
Esther Shepard ...
Rehtom (as Drapehs Rehtse)
Kristine Helstoski ...
Dneirf Lrig (as Iksotsleh Enitsirk)
John Hoffman ...
Dneifxes Eht (as Namffoh Nhoj)
Linda Weaver ...
Yraterces Revol (as Revaew Adnil)
Jim Hanley ...
Frodis (as Yelnah Mij)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jon C. Andersen ...
Himself (uncredited)
Herself (uncredited)
Daddy's Song Dancer (uncredited)
John Brockman ...
Himself - The Face (uncredited)
Belly Dancer (uncredited)
Policeman (uncredited)
Old Man (uncredited)
Linda Haines ...
Surprise Party Guest (uncredited)
Himself (uncredited)
Guard (uncredited)
Valerie Kairys ...
Spectator - Jumping Girl Scene (uncredited)
Belly Dancer (uncredited)
On-Looker (uncredited)
Lee Kolima ...
Guard (uncredited)
Jacqui Landrum ...
Belly Dancer (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
Phyllis Barbour Nesmith ...
Surprise Party Guest (uncredited)
Ngoc Loan Nguyen ...
Himself - Executioner (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Van Lem Nguyen ...
Himself - Executed Viet Cong Soldier (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Movie Director at Filmshoot in Restaurant (uncredited)
Themselves (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Himself (uncredited)
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Hal Taggart ...
On-Looker (uncredited)
Woman in Playtex Bra Ad (uncredited)

Directed by

Bob Rafelson

Written by

Bob Rafelson ... (written by) and
Jack Nicholson ... (written by)
Micky Dolenz ... () (uncredited)
Davy Jones ... () (uncredited)
Michael Nesmith ... () (uncredited)
Peter Tork ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Jack Nicholson ... producer
Bob Rafelson ... producer
Bert Schneider ... executive producer

Cinematography by

Michel Hugo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Michael Pozen ... (as Mike Pozen)
Monte Hellman ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

Gerald Shepard ... editor: musical numbers (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Sydney Z. Litwack

Set Decoration by

Ned Parsons

Production Management

Harold Schneider ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jon C. Andersen ... assistant director (as Jon Andersen)

Art Department

Jack H. Williams ... property master (as Jack Williams)

Sound Department

Les Fresholtz ... sound recordist
James Nelson ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Chuck Gaspar ... special effects
Burton Gershfield ... special color effects
Bruce Lane ... special color effects


Bruce Paul Barbour ... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gene Ashman ... costumer

Music Department

Igo Kantor ... music coordinator
Ken Thorne ... composer: incidental music / conductor: incidental music
Keith Allison ... musician (uncredited)

Other crew

Toni Basil ... choreographer
Marilyn Schlossberg ... assistant to producers
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines What is HEAD all about? Only John Brockman's shrink knows for sure! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Changes (United States)
  • DASturb (United States)
  • Untitled (United States)
  • Cabeza (Spain)
  • Sin ton ni son (Venezuela)
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  • 86 min
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Budget $750,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Co-Writer Jack Nicholson actually compiled the movie soundtrack in its final form, with snippets of the movie dialogue between songs, and is so credited on the album cover. (When he saw Michael Nesmith at work in the studio and asked if he could help, Nesmith let him take over, because "I just want to go home".) Nicholson had unwavering enthusiasm for the movie, joining in a stickering campaign to promote the premiere, and declaring later that "I saw it, like, one hundred fifty-eight million times, man. I loved it!" See more »
Goofs Wires pulling the mermaids and Mickey through the water can be seen at the beginning of the film. Wires are also visible supporting the Monkees before getting sucked into the vacuum, and when falling from the sky into the street at the end of the film. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hey, Hey, It's the Monkees (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Porpoise Song See more »
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 »
Quotes Peter: We were talking with the Master regarding the nature of conceptual reality. Psychologically speaking, the human mind, or brain or whatever, is almost incapable of distinguishing between the real and the vividly imagined experience. Sound and film and music and radio. Even these manipulative experiences are received more or less directly and uninterpretive by the mind. They are cataloged and recorded and either acted upon directly, or stored in the memory, or both. Now this process, unless we pay it tremendous attention, begins to separate us from the reality of the now. Am I being clear? For we must allow the reality of the now to just happen, as it happens. Observe and act with clarity. For where there is clarity, there is no choice. And were there is choice, there is misery. But then, why should I speak, since I know nothing?
Davy Jones: Nothing? You know nothing?
Peter: That's right.
Davy Jones: You mean to tell me we've been here sitting listening to you and you know nothing?
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