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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Stanchev ... Davy Jones
L.B. Fisher ... Peter Tork
... Mike Nesmith
... Micky Dolenz
... Van Foreman
... Don Kirshner
... Harris Green
... Phyllis Nesmith
... Derek
... Carla (as Sarah LaFleur)
Toby Proctor ... Auditioner #1
Balázs Koós ... Beatnik Friend (as Balasz Kooks)
... Auditioner #2 (as Jeff Smith)
Joe Matheson ... Drunk Businessman
Charlotte Leonard ... Young Girlfriend #1
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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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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »
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28 June 2000 (USA)  »

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Botcsinálta zenekar: A Monkees története  »

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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

In the episode "Fairy Tale", Peter Tork is wearing necklaces. In the movie, "Peter" is not. 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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References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

All Of Your Toys
Written by Bill Martin
Published by Sixteen Stars Music and Dreamworks Music Publishing, LLC
Performed by The Monkees
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
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Enjoyable, but not too much so.
28 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Wow. This really was not that great.

The producers did a great job with casting, the actors all LOOKED like the Monkees, and for the most part sounded like them, too. (Fake Davy could use some work, and Fake Mike went a little soft on the drawl)

It was in the writing that the Daydream was un-Believeable. TWO guys created the show, Bob Rafelson and Bert Schnider, NOT one guy named Van. And the Monkees didn't meet on a beach and discuss the obvious after Head, that was just cheesy. In fact, the entire ending was cheesy. Also, many scenes were just so ridiculously historically inaccurate that it was both sad & funny at once! (Thanks, VH1, for Popping it up today and pointing out things I missed) It seemed like the writers were more concerned with pinpointing certain specific moments than with presenting the real story.

Awesome soundtrack, though. :)


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