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200 Motels

1971, Musical/Comedy, 1h 38m

7 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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With help from a former Beatle, Ringo Starr, and a member of the Who, Keith Moon, Frank Zappa and his band draw on their own experiences in this mockumentary about the lives of peripatetic rock stars. Director Zappa takes his cameras backstage, offering a glimpse of what it's like to be out on tour. In contrast to the popular perception, life on the road isn't very glamorous, unless you're into bad drugs, awful sex and the endless pursuit of applause and a little spending money.

Cast & Crew

Theodore Bikel
Rance Muhammitz, Dave
Ringo Starr
Larry The Dwarf, Frank Zappa
Jimmy Carl Black
Lonesome Cowboy Burt
Pamela Miller
Interviewer
Dick Barber
Bif Debris
Jim Pons
Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited)
Frank Zappa
Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited)
Ruth Underwood
Fake Drummer
Judy Grindley
Chorus Leader
Frank Zappa
Screenwriter
Tony Palmer
Cinematographer
Rich Harrison
Film Editing
Frank Zappa
Original Music
Cal Schenkel
Production Design
Leo Austin
Art Director
Sue Yelland
Costume Design
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  • Oct 02, 2011
    Ringo Starr IS Larry the Dwarf AS Frank Zappa in this druggy pastiche of skits, solarized footage, crude animations, and an operetta about a penis. Most people will wonder what they were smoking when they came up with this; Zappa fans will wonder where they can get some.
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  • Aug 02, 2009
    Five stars for effort. A colorful and flamboyant look at The Mothers of Invention. Funny, but disjointed and unfocused. More sensationalism and absurdity than plot, but entertaining for any Zappa fan. Captures the spirit of the psychedelic era.
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