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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.

Genres:

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

The review of Head that Peter reads is by Pauline Kael writing for the New York Times. She admitted to walking out halfway through the movie. The film has however been reconsidered by many critics and is now thought of as a classic of 1960s cinema and harbinger of post-modernism. See more »

Goofs

In the audition scenes, Mike is dropped off by wife Phyllis at the studio, who leaves with the family car. Mike actually rode his motorcycle to the audition, wearing his soon-to-be-famous wool cap to keep his hair from blowing around. 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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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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This movie is best viewed on DVD.
12 October 2002 | by IvanhoeSee all my reviews

As a movie, <i>Daydream Believers</i> seemed rather hastily put together, especially in terms of the script.  This is, perhaps, not the most informative or accurate bit you'll ever see about the Monkees.  However, the movie succeeds in telling a good story and championing the Monkees for their talent as entertainers <i>and</i> as musicians, as well as explaining with clarity some of the things about the Monkees that are commonly misunderstood.  It receives bonus points for very good casting, and for prominently featuring “All of Your Toys,” one of the Monkees’ great “lost” songs (and among the first the Monkees recorded together as a real band).

Where the movie is good, the DVD is great—not for any spectacular audio/video presentation, but in the extras.  Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork each have their own commentary tracks, on which they discuss various points on Monkee history from their own points-of-view.  These are very revealing and informative, and bless the movie for providing the platform for the Monkees to comment on the types of things that never come up in interviews.  But if you want interviews, the DVD also delivers rather lengthy ones by the three participating Monkees.  New Concorde should be commended for getting Monkee participation on this disc.  It transformed a somewhat inconsequential (albeit entertaining) movie into something really worthwhile.


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