Head

Head

DVD - 1994
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An exciting kaleidoscope of surreal vignettes set to music. This fast-paced film takes a psychedelic look at the pop phenomenon called the Monkees as they shatter their pre-fab image. A technically innovative rock musical.

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pronto1961
Jul 16, 2013

mike (whispering): why don't you come back later when the guys aren't here?
lady pleasure: are you kidding?

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pronto1961
Jul 16, 2013

david: I'd like a glass of cold gravy with a hair in it, please.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 22, 2012

Micky: Hey, come on, get up, lady, you’re not dead. Hey lady, come on, get up, stop acting.
Testy True: Hey, what is this?
Micky: Hey, come on, stop playin’, it’s all over, it’s all an act. Come on, get up.
Testy True: Well, stop kicking me!
Micky: Ah, I don’t want to do this any more, man. Oh, these fake arrows and this junk and the fake trees, Bob, I’m through.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 22, 2012

Mike: He’ll never make it through this intense bombardment. Nobody could.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 22, 2012

Micky: Pathetic.
Micky: I can’t.
Micky: It’s pitiful.
Micky: Shut up.
Micky: You shut up.
Micky: No, you shut up.
Micky: You shut up!
Micky: Shut up!
Micky: You!
Micky: Youyouyouyouyouyouyoushutupyoushutupyou!
Micky: Okay, I will.

Micky: I can’t, I can’t hear! No, I, I’m deaf! Come back! I’m going de—oh!

Voice: Quiet, isn’t it, George Michael Dolenz? I said, quiet, isn’t it, George Michael Dolenz?

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 22, 2012

Mike: He’ll never make it through this intense bombardment. Nobody could.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 18, 2012

Peter Tork: Hey, Mike, son of a gun, a millionaire at 25.
Mike: Ask me how does it feel.
Peter Tork: What?
Mike: Ask me how does it feel.
Micky Dolenz: How does it feel?
Mike: I'll tell you how it feels. I don't like it, that's how it feels! I don't like surprises, I don't like all these people jumping around and shouting, wha - I don't even wanna HEAR what you're saying! Because you know what you're saying to me? You're saying "Happy Birthday" and you're jumping out of the walls and it's scaring me to death, and I'm supposed to be HAPPY about that. ' Aww, come on, Mike. Be a good sport.' Well, WHO NEEDS IT? Who needs surprises, and pajamas. You want to throw a birthday party, you don't kidnap me, you send me an invitation. Besides, I probably would have been happier where I was, sleeping. 'Happy birthday'... HAH! And I'll tell you something else too: the same thing goes for Christmas.... Well, how 'bout THEM apples!

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 17, 2012

"I'll have a finger sandwich, hold the mold." Mike Nesmith

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Mrs Ace: Are you still paying tribute to Ringo Starr?
Mickey Dolenz: Would you like a pinch in the mouth?
Mrs Ace: I'll think about it.
Mickey Dolenz: Don't hurt yourself.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 17, 2012

"You won't hurt my face, will ya? Million dollar head, this." Davy Jones

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TheSandoz
Apr 19, 2017

This is the movie The Monkees made after their TV show had wrapped up. it's nothing like the TV show- it's a completely bizarro movie that is interesting, weird, funny and at times tests your patience. Worth watching for fans of the strange and/ or The Monkees.

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weeksworld
Jul 29, 2016

Okay, two things: 1. This is NOT a Monkee's film. It's an ANTI-Monkees film. 2. Its weird. It should be called "The Monkee's Apology Film". Bob Rafelson, the original creator of The Monkees and the director of Head, diverged from the standard Monkees format (1 or all of the group spots a hot chick who is in trouble and they spend the rest of the episode "saving" her with hilarious results), to parody this theme. One could easily say all Monkees episodes are self-parodying, but this tries to sell that to it's regular audience (and fails). Just look at each scene. Near the beginning, a hot chick kisses each of them and walks away disappointed. A clear sign to the Monkee's immature audiences that they are not the heart-throbs you think they are. The rest of the "skits" presented end with the group dropping whatever fake props they held or were using and they march to the next skit/scene. Here Bob is saying, "this is all fake … the Monkees are just play-acting". Popping up without segue way or warning are scenes from the Vietnam War to show that there are current events happening which would better hold your attention than fawning over some made-for-TV, ersatz rock group. This only disuades the regular Monkees fans and bores the stoners who thought it was a going to be a psychedelic trip. But it makes for one weird film. The surreal scene changes, the awkward juxtapositions, the times the group become exiled in "the black box" whenever, I guess, they fail at some rule … makes for a surreal. stream-of-conscious, Apollonian fever dream.

HEAD (1968) was a super-flop at the box office. It was the Monkees' feature film debut, co-produced and co-written by a pre-EASY RIDER (1969) Jack Nicholson (who even has a cameo), which was released after the two seasons of THE MONKEES TV show. It's not bad. There is some anti-war stuff in there, as well as some toss-off psychedelia; overall though, it is musically unmemorable. My favorite sequence is the Davy Jones-Toni Basil dance number. Davy Jones could dance. The story behind the flop of HEAD is the story of the Monkees in toto. The Monkees were trying to establish hipster cred by producing a politically conscious psychedelic feature film. The problem was that it was beyond anything the band's pimply, unconscious fan base could comprehend, while the real hipsters, Hippies and heads just scoffed at it, even if Frank Zappa did make an appearance to extol the group's importance to the youth of nation. In any event, by the end of 1968 the Monkees are essentially kaput. And herein lies an important clue to the Hippies and the 1960s. The culture was moving so fast, throwing off great splinters and chunks, that a number-one group -- and a number-one group marketed directly to young, white youth -- could be completely discredited in the span of a single year. Not even Milli Vanilli or Vanilla Ice flamed out so abruptly. There is a 50-year-anniversary tour underway this year, as well as a new album, GOOD TIMES (2016).

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pronto1961
Jul 16, 2013

just fyi: a 'head' film in 1960s cinema is any film that is plotless, heavy on surrealism and relies on confusing, disturbing images to make its audiences uncomfortable. and it's got some good tunes too. look for jack nicholson in a cameo and frank zappa who wanders by to give davy some advice.

roadshowrigoletto Jun 21, 2012

One of those 'it's an historical artifact' films. More important for who did what in it than it could ever be otherwise. And on another note, could we spell check these things? "Psychadelic"? Please. IF you want more information, then read "Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-drugs-and-rock-'n'-roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind. Maybe a bit more interesting than the Monkees could ever be.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 18, 2012

This movie is EPIC! The only complaint I have was that there was not enough Peter Tork. Anyone who says that this movie is confusing is a block head. It makes perfect sense. This movie changed my life.

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ManMachine
Jun 05, 2012

A fairly dumb and only marginally amusing attempt to present the teeny bopper, pop-musical wimps, The Monkees, as "cool" dudes. The highlight of the film is the blowing up of a Coca-Cola vending machine out in the desert. The Monkees perform several very forgettable songs.

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

Includes cameos by Frank Zappa, Sonny Liston, Annette Funicello & Terry Garr, in her acting debut (she'd danced in films before, but never had any lines) , before she changed the spelling of her name. Jack Nicholson co-wrote & co-produced, 2 years before he & director Bob Rafelson (this was his directorial debut) made "Five Easy Pieces".

tgw7755 Nov 19, 2011

Hard to follow, jumped around a lot. If you like the monkeys and do not need to understand what is going on you will enjoy this movie

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pronto1961
Feb 15, 2013

pronto1961 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 17, 2012

GiveMeMyNamePlease thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 18, 2012

Other: Davy Jones performs Daddy's Song. It's an adorable and bubbly performance. Beware: He will melt your heart and cause extreme happiness.

GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 17, 2012

Violence: Micky goes AWOL and punches Davy, Mike a few other people and most importantly: A woman. Vietnamese man gets shot in the head. Peter punches a man dressed up as a woman in the face.

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GiveMeMyNamePlease Jun 17, 2012

The Monkees get a little serious as they express their worries for the war and violence in the cold, hard world around them whilst continuing to keep their charm, sweetness and love-ability.

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