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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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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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A movie about people who do stuff that is not normal. See more »


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R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film had particular trouble finding a distributor. Frank Zappa tried to interest Untied Artists, the company that released 200 Motels (1971). Fearing that they were about to be embroiled in the Heaven's Gate (1980) fiasco, they turned him down. Other studios followed in United Artists' footsteps, fearing that Zappa's trademark cinematic style had lost considerable appeal in post-'70s pop culture. Several European distributors told Zappa 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 »

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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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 »

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City Of Tiny Lites
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Zappa is not dead, he just smells funny.
11 June 2004 | by poozemedownhighSee all my reviews

Wow!

I just saw this movie for the first time today. I had already seen SOME parts of it, but never THE WHOLE MOVIE. It's great to see Frank Zappa work with his band and enjoying himself. He does a few very interesting guitar solo's, which I think are GREAT to experience. Some parts of this movie are backstage events. Some parts are clay-animation, which is done really nice!

The movie ends with a GRAND FINALE, that takes about an hour of uninterrupted live footage, which does get quite intense at some points.

Glad this movie was made!


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