200 Motels [DVD] [1971]

  • SKU: 28597186
  • Release Date: 06/16/2015
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 6)

Synopsis


200 Motels
Less a movie than a purposely crude series of musical vignettes and inside jokes for die-hard fans, Frank Zappa informs viewers in the opening scene that "Touring can make you crazy, ladies and gentlemen, and that is what 200 Motels is all about." The rest of the plot-less production is filled with more self-reflexive reminders, as the close-up eye and tape recorder signal that Zappa is watching everything his bandmembers are doing. Reasonably, the Mothers of Invention make up the cast, notably Jimmy Carl Black, who repeatedly remarks how he just wants to quit the band and go play real music, have a beer, and get laid. The character of Jeff, played by Martin Lickert, was written for bassist Jeff Simmons, who actually did quit the band just prior to shooting. Other cast members include real-life groupies appearing in some bizarre nudity sequences, along with the Who's drummer Keith Moon as the Hot Nun who overdoses on drugs. Ringo Starr appears as Larry the Dwarf and lends some humorous narration, but that does not clarify any of the proceedings. The action supposedly takes place in Centerville, which is really a kind of poorly dressed set guarded by soldiers. The scenes are randomly assembled and interspersed with performances, including the songs "Lonesome Cowboy Burt," "Magic Fingers," and "Strictly Genteel." ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Theodore Bikel
    Theodore Bikel - Rance Muhammitz
  • Ringo Starr
    Ringo Starr - Larry the Dwarf
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    Janet Ferguson
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    Lucy Offerall - Groupies
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    Pamela Miller - Interviewer



Customer rating

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100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Baby boomers' version of "Adult Swim"

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    alex4
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    I am not a huge Frank Zappa fan, but I loved the "Tim & Eric"/"Eric Andre"-style, off-the-wall humor. The original music made for the film is good, too, but beware: this movie is a true Sixties relic, unlike anything you'll find on a Best Buy store shelf. My copy was labeled "Blu-Ray", although it seems to be a regular DVD. There are liner notes but no other bonus features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great transfer!

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    electricelf
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    After purchasing the two previously available DVD versions of this film, I'm happy to say this version has the correct aspect ratio, the color saturation has been toned down and the compression artifacts are gone. Thank you MGM!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Music is Life's Lessons & Listen

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    Cindy51013
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    Enjoy the DVD. It was another great selection. Happy to add it to my classic collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    For Mother's Fans

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    Buddy
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    This movie doesn't disappoint the Zappa fans. It is a must watch!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's Zappa.

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    monkeyevil
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    It's Zappa. If you like/love Zappa. It's Zappa. Zappa. Zappa. Zappa.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    CLASSIC

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    gunn
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    ONLY HAD VHS OF THIS .......................GREAT!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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