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Daydream Believers: The Monkees' Story (2000)

The story of the Pre-Fab Four and their fight to be taken seriously as musicians.

Director:

Neill Fearnley

Writer:

Ron McGee (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Stanchev George Stanchev ... Davy Jones
L.B. Fisher L.B. Fisher ... Peter Tork
Jeff Geddis ... Mike Nesmith
Aaron Lohr ... Micky Dolenz
Colin Ferguson ... Van Foreman
Wallace Langham ... Don Kirshner
Stephen Bogaert ... Harris Green
Polly Shannon ... Phyllis Nesmith
Jim Thorburn ... Derek
Sarah Lafleur ... Carla (as Sarah LaFleur)
Toby Proctor Toby Proctor ... Auditioner #1
Balázs Koós Balázs Koós ... Beatnik Friend (as Balasz Kooks)
Jeffrey R. Smith ... Auditioner #2 (as Jeff Smith)
Joe Matheson Joe Matheson ... Drunk Businessman
Charlotte Leonard Charlotte Leonard ... Young Girlfriend #1
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Storyline

In 1966, producers Bert Schneider and Bob Rafaelson come up with the idea of creating a TV show that would feature the American answer to the Beatles, The Monkees. Eventually, four young men are chosen for the roles, Mickey Dolenz the former child TV star, the stage actor Davey Jones and the musicians, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork. With the aid of a successful music producer and able TV promotion, the Monkees become a sensation. However, that success is tainted, to the chagrin of the band, as they find themselves labeled as talentless phonies. This film covers the band's frustrating struggle to prove their detractors wrong as they struggle to earn some artist legitimacy. Whether it's by learning to excel as a band or experimenting with wild ideas for their show and film, Head, nothing seems to work. Meanwhile the band have their internal tensions as various members struggle to decide what is really important to them, simple material success, or having real artistic respect for their ... Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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They achieved worldwide fame but, what they wanted... was respect.

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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botcsinálta zenekar: A Monkees története See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point, character Davy Jones says to one of the other Monkees who has just woken him up suddenly, "Hey, man, are you trying to give me a heart attack?" Davy Jones actually died of a heart attack in 2012 at age 66. See more »

Goofs

Michael Nesmith was never seen dancing in real life yet in the movie at the end during the beach party, "Mike" is dancing with people. See more »

Quotes

Davy Jones: You know blokes, I don't think we're wanted here.
Mike Nesmith: You know, this sounds like every party I've ever been invited to. People always wanted me to leave.
Micky Dolenz: Ohoh, and miss all your warmth and charm?
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Connections

References The Monkees: Fairy Tale (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Free
Written by Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
Performed by The Monkees
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
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I loved it!!!
30 June 2000 | by rachie622See all my reviews

I thought "Daydream Believers" was the best movie. I mean I thought the actors looked like and acted like the real Monkees. Jeff Geddis( Mike) acted and sounded like the real Mike Nesmith. George Stanchev (Davy)did a good job with the English accent and was great on the movie. Aaron Lohr(Micky) totally acted like Mickey. He acted crazy just like Micky. I thought L. B. Fisher(Peter) did an awesome job on Peter. He was my favorite and he is soooo cute. (Like his smile) But anyway I loved the movie and the actors and I thought it was a GREAT movie.


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