18 user 6 critic

Baby Snakes (1979)

Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation.


Frank Zappa


Frank Zappa




Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Zappa ... Self
Adrian Belew Adrian Belew ... Self - Guitar
Tommy Mars Tommy Mars ... Self - Keyboards
Terry Bozzio Terry Bozzio ... Self - Drums
Kerry McNabb Kerry McNabb ... Self - Soundman
Ron Delsener Ron Delsener ... Self - Concert Promoter
Bruce Bickford Bruce Bickford ... Self - Animator
Robert Leacock Robert Leacock ... Self - Bickford's Cameraman (as Rob Leacock)
Ed Mann Ed Mann ... Self - Percussion
Warren Cuccurullo Warren Cuccurullo ... Self - Backstage Fan (as Warren Cucurullo)
Chrissie Martin Chrissie Martin ... Self - Cuccurullo's Girlfriend (as Chris Martin)
Klaus Hundsbichler Klaus Hundsbichler ... Self - Bickford's Film Editor
Roy Estrada Roy Estrada ... Self - The Mexican Pope
John Smothers John Smothers ... Self - Zappa's Bodyguard
David B. Ditkowwich David B. Ditkowwich ... Self - Brooklyn For Zappa (as David Ditkowich)


Rock artist Frank Zappa hosts a concert in New York City. This movie contains tons of on-stage footage, off-stage footage, and animation. Written by Dan Priebe <av313@detroit.freenet.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


"Give yourself up...you are completely surrounded by Policemen..." See more »


R | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Filmed in 1977, not released until 1979. See more »


Frank Zappa: [after having presented a real whip to the participating audience] Hey, this is Halloween, we don't fuck around!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Movie goes on for 10 minutes after credits are over. See more »

Alternate Versions

1984 reissue was edited to 91 minutes. See more »


Edited into The Amazing Mister Bickford (1987) See more »


I Have Been In You
Written, Produced and Performed by Frank Zappa
See more »

User Reviews

Simply incredible.
21 October 2004 | by jreichbartSee all my reviews

Nearly all aspects of Zappa creativity are reflected here: Several really long guitar solos, the classic "goofy" crowd pleasing songs, amazing playing by the band (Black Page 2 and many others), funny monologues, on-stage audience participation bits as well as some amazing conducting on some free-form pieces. It's also interesting to compare this to "Does Humor..." which I also love. It's true that in "Does Humor..." the video quality is cleaner, but I actually like that slightly fuzzy older look. But more importantly, in BBSNX Zappa is much, much more energetic, and in addition, the individual talents of the band members really shine here: Tommy Mars has a truly amazing keyboard solo and Terry Bozzio is utilized to the max, including performing, possibly, the best drum solo I've seen on video. I also liked the fact that the audio/video sync is pretty much 99.9% right on. No overdubs, no nothing - what you hear is what you see ("The Song Remains The Same" comes to mind as an unfortunate example of the opposite). I read some complaints about the back stage antics and the claymation stuff (which I liked). keep in mind though, this DVD is so long that even if you skip those things you still get two full hours of first rate concert footage. Enjoy!

How I miss Frank... Can you imagine what he may have had to say today about the state of music, politics and everything in between?

11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed