Head

Rafelson's first feature, made when Monkee mania had all but died, Head proved too experimental for the diminishing weenybop audience which had lapped up the ingenious TV series. It flopped dismally in the US, and only achieved belated release here. Despite obviously dated aspects like clumsy psychedelic effects and some turgid slapstick sequences, the film is still remarkably vital and entertaining. Rafelson (who helped to create the group), together with Jack Nicholson (co-writer and co-producer), increased the TV show's picaresque tempo while also adding more adult, sardonic touches. The calculated manipulation behind the phenomenon is exposed at the start, when the Monkees metaphorically commit suicide. The typical zany humour is intercut with harsher political footage and satire on established genres of American cinema, exploding many a sacred cow into the bargain.

Release details

Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bob Rafelson
Screenwriter: Bob Rafelson, Jack Nicholson
Cast: The Monkees Micky Dolenz
David Jones
Mike Nesmith
Peter Tork
Victor Mature
Annette Funicello
Timothy Carey
Logan Ramsey
Frank Zappa
Jack Nicholson
Dennis Hopper
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