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Time Out says

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.
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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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