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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.

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Frank Zappa

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Cast

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

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>

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Certificate:

R
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Frank Zappa: 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.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

1984 reissue was edited to 91 minutes. See more »

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I Don't Care What Maltin Said Either
14 March 2000 | by Phantom MoonheadSee all my reviews

This is a three hour,two tape set of a Frank Zappa concert in 1977 and there is just a lot of fun here. Not for every taste but any real music fan should find this inspired to say the least. There are many scenes of Bill Bickford's clay animation and it is truly incredible. That alone is worth seeking out the original uncut version,not the newer edited 90 minute version because it puts all other claymation to shame. If your not a Zappa fan,take it with a big grain of salt. If you are,you don't want to miss this. It's a lot better than "200 Motels". Enjoy!


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