"Give yourself up...you are completely surrounded by Policemen..."
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The film had particular trouble finding a distributor. Frank Zappa
tried to interest United Artists, the company that released 200 Motels
(1971). Fearing that it was about to be embroiled in the Heaven's Gate
(1980) fiasco, UA turned him down. Other studios followed in its footsteps, fearing that Zappa's trademark cinematic style had lost considerable appeal in post-'70s pop culture. Several European distributors told him that there might be interest if it were cut from its original 168-minute running time. The film was cut to 90 minutes and still there were no takers. Even after Bruce Bickford
's sequences won first prize at a French animated film competition, there was no interest. Eventually Zappa took it upon himself to distribute the film independently via his own Intercontinental Absurdities production company. The film ran 24 hours a day at the Victoria Theater in New York City and made a handsome profit. See more
God made three mistakes. First was the man. Second was the wo-man. Third was the poodle. He meant to make a German Shepherd but he fucked up.
The credited cast includes ""Frenchy the Poodle" (a stuffed toy); "Ms Pinky's Larger Sister" (a blow-up doll); "New York's Finest Crazy Persons"; "and probably lots more people whose names we couldn't find out, but whose assistance in making this film is greatly appreciated". See more
1984 reissue was edited to 91 minutes. See more
Referenced in Eaten Alive!
Written and Produced by Frank Zappa
Performed by The Mothers of Invention
(original VHS version only) See more