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Uncle Meat (1987)

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

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Frank Zappa

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Frank Zappa
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Credited cast:
Phyllis Smith Altenhaus Phyllis Smith Altenhaus ... Herself / Sheba Flieschman (as Phyllis Altenhaus)
Dick Barber Dick Barber ... Himself
Massimo Bassoli Massimo Bassoli ... Adult Minnesota Tishman
Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Jimmy Carl Black ... Himself
Ray Collins Ray Collins ... Himself / Bill Yurds
Aynsley Dunbar Aynsley Dunbar ... Himself / Biff Junior
Roy Estrada Roy Estrada ... Himself
Francesca Fisher Francesca Fisher ... The Countess
Bunk Gardner Bunk Gardner ... Himself
Buzz Gardner Buzz Gardner ... Himself
Lowell George Lowell George ... Himself
Dick Kunc Dick Kunc ... Himself
Manfred Lerch Manfred Lerch ... Himself
C. Mercedes Lewis C. Mercedes Lewis ... Girl Who Was A Sofa
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Uncle Meat, who sometimes goes under the guises of Don Preston and Biff Debris, is an eccentric character who believs in musical progress and enjoys drinking fuming beakers and transforming into a monster. After seeing footage of him (as Don) transforming in this way while fighting for musical progress, film editor Phyllis Altenhaus meets him in person and falls in love. Later the two meet again at a pool hall under the guises of Biff Debris and Sheba Flieshman and they share a kinky shower scene together where they indulge each other's fetishes of clothes and hamburgers and declare their mutual love. Meanwhile, Uncle Meat and his band are secretly working on a hit single (made up of household items carefully arranged on a cloth) which they hope will change the world for the better by improving everyone's karma. However, no matter what he does, he can't seem to compose a hit and eventually, after he and Sheba have been married for over twelve years, his obsession with composing a ... Written by John Searcy <searcy@onramp.net>

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English

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I Feel Zapped (and I could not be happier!)
20 May 2007 | by Seamus2829See all my reviews

As I have been a long time fan of Frank Zappa's music, I figured he would approach film with the same satirical sense of humour that often accompanies his music. Boy, was I right! This trippy film, which was started in 1967 as a low (no)budget Science Fiction film (with concert sequences by Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention) quickly turned into a cinema verite free for all (i.e. the plot was tossed into the dustbin and became a cinematic stream of consciness affair). The film seems to be divided up into a series of episodes, featuring various members of the Mothers in different roles. This film could be confusing to the first timer that is new to Zappa (it was filmed over a 20 year period,and the whole blob was converted to video format,for home video consumption). Anyone who purchased the original soundtrack record album in 1969 will recognize some of the music that was written for the film (tho,not all of the music on the record was used---in fact,a good block of the music is not used). Worth seeking out for the hard core Zappa fan.


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