17 user 4 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

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

More Like This 

200 Motels (1971)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

"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 »

Directors: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Stars: Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A concert movie showing a performance by the much-loved 1973 incarnation of the Mothers of Invention. An incredible cast of musicians treat us to a selection of blistering, pointillist jazz... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Frank Zappa, Ruth Underwood, Napoleon Murphy Brock
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Frank Zappa and his band in a digitally recorded live performance at "The Pier" in New York, NY on August 26, 1984.

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Frank Zappa, Ray White, Ike Willis
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An in-depth look at the life and work of avant-garde musician, Frank Zappa.

Director: Thorsten Schütte
Stars: Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel
Animation | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Several pieces of Frank Zappa's music are set against clay animation by Bruce Bickford.

Directors: Frank Zappa, Bruce Bickford
Stars: Bruce Bickford, Frank Zappa
Uncle Meat (Video 1987)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is a documentary about an unfinished movie. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention try to film the sci-fi epic "Uncle Meat."

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, Massimo Bassoli
Video from Hell (Video 1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In a little over an hour, 'VIDEO FROM HELL' provides a preview of current and projected Honker releases, including 'BABY SNAKES', 'THE TRUE STORY OF 200 MOTELS' and 'UNCLE MEAT' (all 1987 ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, Adrian Belew
Comedy | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Using takes and rehearsals discarded from the original edit plus interviews made during the shooting, Zappa reconstructs the bizarre story of 200 Motels, one of the most problematic ... See full synopsis »

Director: Frank Zappa
Stars: Phyllis Smith Altenhaus, Dick Barber, BBC Symphony Orchestra
The Dub Room Special! (Video 1984)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Directors: Dick Darley, Clark Santee, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Frank Zappa, George Duke, Ruth Underwood
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Carey
Stars: Timothy Carey, Gil Barreto, Betty Rowland
The Gauntlet (1977)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir


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)


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 »






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 »

Did You Know?


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


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.
See more »

Crazy Credits


Alternate Versions

1984 reissue was edited to 91 minutes. See more »


Featured in I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (2006) See more »


Duck Duck Goose
Written, Produced and Performed by Frank Zappa
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A MUST for Zappa Fans!
29 December 2003 | by mrrockandrollSee all my reviews

Excellent late 1970's concert footage from Zappa and his crazy band of extremely talented musicians. An absolute must see for any Zappa fan and an adequate introduction for those unfamiliar with the genius of Frank Zappa. This footage centers around a New York City concert from '77 so it doesn't totally encompass the many complex layers and personalities that Zappa emulated over the years, but it still provides a nice document to one of Frank's more accessible periods. It helps if you're a huge Zappa fan to begin with, which I am, so to me this footage is a treasure. A couple of points, though, just to be a bit objective: Others have mentioned the claymation, which for claymation is really some of the coolest I've ever seen, but I can only watch that stuff for a few minutes before I'm bored with it. It's cool and it's wild and it fits right in with Zappa's strangeness, but it's still only claymation to me. I'd just as soon watch some trippy computer generated psychedelic images to be honest. There's probably only about 15 minutes of it or so in the whole film anyway, so it's no big deal.

I would have also preferred a set list that had more guitar work in it, but we still get some great tracks including "San Ber'dino," "Muffin Man," "City of Tiny Lights" and the amazing "Black Napkins." Take a real good listen to "Black Napkins" and try and tell me this guy wasn't at least as good, if not better, than Hendrix himself. Overall, this is a great film for those that are already into Zappa. For those that aren't familiar with him, this film gives you a good idea of what it was like to see him in the late 1970's (his performances, style and content constantly changed over the years, so Zappa in concert in 1977 is a LOT different than Zappa in '69 or '73 or '85 ... you get the picture). Narrow thinkers and those with closed minds might want to stick with Dave Matthews or whatever else the corporate labels are spoon-feeding you on commercial radio these days. Man, do we need Zappa now more than ever! Can you image the way he'd rip into Brittney and Bush and O.J. Simpson and all the crap we're putting up with in the world today?? Long live Frank Zappa!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed