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Frank Zappa (story)
Tony Palmer (shooting script)
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Release Date:
20 November 1971 (Sweden) See more »
"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring... See more » | Full synopsis »
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extremely weird and silly with some good music See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Mark Volman ... Member of Mothers of Invention
Howard Kaylan ... Member of Mothers of Invention
Ian Underwood ... Member of Mothers of Invention
Aynsley Dunbar ... Member of Mothers of Invention

George Duke ... Member of Mothers of Invention

Theodore Bikel ... Rance Muhammitz / Dave

Keith Moon ... The Hot Nun

Jimmy Carl Black ... Lonesome Cowboy Burt

Janet Neville-Ferguson ... Groupie #1 (as Janet Ferguson)
Martin Lickert ... Jeff
Lucy Offerall ... Groupie #2
Dick Barber ... Bif Debris - The Vacuum Cleaner
Don Preston ... Don

Pamela Des Barres ... Interviewer (as Pamela Miller)
Ruth Underwood ... Fake Drummer
Judy Gridley ... Chorus Leader

Ringo Starr ... Larry The Dwarf / Frank Zappa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Pons ... Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited)
Euclid James 'Motorhead' Sherwood ... Motorhead Sherwood (uncredited)

Frank Zappa ... Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Palmer (visuals)
Frank Zappa (characterizations)
Writing credits
Frank Zappa (story and screenplay)

Tony Palmer (shooting script)

Mark Volman (special material) &
Howard Kaylan (special material)

Jeff Simmons  special material (uncredited)

Produced by
Herb Cohen .... producer
Jerry D. Good .... producer (as Jerry Good)
Brian Harris .... associate producer
Raoul Pagel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Frank Zappa (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Tony Palmer 
Film Editing by
Rich Harrison 
Production Design by
Cal Schenkel 
Art Direction by
Leo Austin 
Costume Design by
Sue Yelland 
Makeup Department
Mervyn Medalie .... hairdresser
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... unit production manager (as David Anderson)
Roy Garner .... production manager: Lion Television Services
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Alexander .... assistant director
John Downes .... third assistant director
Jim McCutcheon .... second assistant director
Art Department
Paddy Bennett .... props
Harry Phipps .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Robert Auger .... recordist: 16 track
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Pieter Hubbard .... sound supervisor (as Peter Hubbard)
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects
Inky Ingram .... wire specialist
Bert Luxford .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Barrie Dodd .... camera operator
Peter Dyson .... lighting director
Mike Fitch .... camera operator
Neville Hoksfield .... vision engineer
John Howard .... camera operator
John May .... gaffer
Selwyn Mindel .... vision engineer
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Dave Swan .... camera operator
Richard Thompson .... vision engineer
Animation Department
Wilma Guenot .... graphic production
Ann Oliphant .... graphic production
Cal Schenkel .... graphic production
Fumiko R. Sommer .... graphic production (as Fumiko Roche)
Charles Swenson .... animation director
Kunimi Terada .... graphic production
Elizabeth Wright .... graphic production
Editorial Department
Roland Brown .... vision supervisor
Ray Nunney .... editor: video tape
Annie Rowe .... vision mixer (as Anne Rowe)
Barry Stevens .... editor: video tape (as Barry Stephens)
Blake Jones .... colorist: home video (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Cook .... music associate: dancers
George Duke .... music performer: Mothers of Invention
Aynsley Dunbar .... music performer: Mothers of Invention
Elgar Howarth .... conductor: orchestra
Howard Kaylan .... music performer: Mothers of Invention
John Lowdell .... orchestra chairman
Tom Petzal .... acting orchestra general manager
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music performers (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Colin Staveley .... orchestra leader
Ian Underwood .... music performer: Mothers of Invention
David Van Asch .... choral director
Mark Volman .... music performer: Mothers of Invention
Frank Zappa .... music arranger
Other crew
Lyn Gomez .... continuity clerk
Tom Keylock .... controller: Lion Television Services
Gillian Lynne .... choreographer
Alan Mashford .... technical director
Ian Stock .... unit publicist
Jaqi Williamson .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frank Zappa's 200 Motels" - USA (complete title)
"Two Hundred Motels" -
"200 мотелей" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"200 Motels" - Argentina (festival title)
"200 motellia" - Finland
"200 motels" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Deux cents motels" - France
"Dwiescie moteli" - Poland
"Frank Zappa - 200 Motels" - West Germany
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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R (re-rating) (1981) | Australia:RC (original rating) (1972) | New Zealand:R18 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | Singapore:(Banned) | Sweden:11 | UK:18 | USA:TV-MA | USA:R (certificate #23033) | West Germany:18

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Lonesome Cowboy Burt:So long as I get some beer and I get paid, you can make me do anything, I'm professional!See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
extremely weird and silly with some good music, 30 July 2000
Author: Dr.X from parts unknown

Should you watch this film? I believe the following questions may be a decent guide to making this decision. Are you a Zappa fan who likes many of his different musical phases? If so, then this is a must. Are you a casual Zappa fan, partial to newer stuff only? If so, then approach with caution. Do you like very bizarre sequences put together seemingly at random? If so, this is a must. If you hate that kind of thing, then you will probably hate this. When in doubt, have a backup ready so you can switch to that if you lose patience. Oh, and guys out there, I wouldn't recommend showing this to your girlfriend unless she is a big Zappa fan. By all means, I do NOT recommend planning a romantic evening with a girl with standard pop culture tastes that is bookended by playing her samples of your Magma and King Crimson collection and then ending with a screening of 200 Motels, not even as an experiment. Trust me, I have tried this (once) and the results were not good. But I digress...

What do you get from 200 motels? Random weirdness and silliness with a very 1965-1970 feel to it, kind of like a strangely lighthearted feverish dream. You also get some very interesting music of highly variable quality and some great in-jokes that you will find hilarious if you have followed Zappa's career. I will never again be able to drive past a town named "Centerville" (there are lots of these in the midwest USA) without having that Flo and Eddie zombie-like sequence flash through my head. I would certainly not consider this a good film or anywhere close to a good film. But it is certainly oddly interesting.

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