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200 Motels (1971)

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Volman ... Member of Mothers of Invention
Howard Kaylan ... Member of Mothers of Invention
Ian Underwood ... Member of Mothers of Invention
Aynsley Dunbar ... Member of Mothers of Invention
... Member of Mothers of Invention
... Rance Muhammitz / Dave
... The Hot Nun
... Lonesome Cowboy Burt
... Groupie #1 (as Janet Ferguson)
Martin Lickert ... Jeff
Lucy Offerall ... Groupie #2
Dick Barber ... Bif Debris - The Vacuum Cleaner
Don Preston ... Don
... Interviewer (as Pamela Miller)
Ruth Underwood ... Fake Drummer
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Storyline

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid. Written by George S. Davis

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20 November 1971 (Sweden)  »

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Frank Zappa's 200 Motels  »

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$679,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Unlike most movie musicals, the soundtrack was recorded live as the film was shot, instead of recording the soundtrack beforehand and then lipsynching during filming. See more »

Quotes

Jeff: I'm stealing the room!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are super-imposed over a number of production-related documents, including sheet music, scripts, shooting directions, memos and expense reports. See more »

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I'm not advocating drugs, but...
7 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is not a movie to see in a normal human state of mind. Zappa didn't do drugs, so if you can achieve a state of Zappa-Zen you might really get off on this film. Because of, or in spite of, my being on nothing, it's had the weirdest effect on me. I can hardly remember anything about it. I saw it in '74. I saw it again just recently. But there's nothing I can tell you. It's like a dream, disjointed and bizarre. A dream you know you had but can't remember. No other movie has ever done that to me. Is that good or bad?


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