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Writers:
Frank Zappa (story)
Tony Palmer (shooting script)
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Release Date:
20 November 1971 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
"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 »
User Reviews:
weird! See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
98 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
While Frank Zappa appears extensively in this film, either conducting the orchestra or playing his guitar, he neither sings nor speaks.See more »
Quotes:
Larry The Dwarf:[to the viewers] Hello there. When you go on tour with a musical group, it's possible any town could look seem this. Whether it's large or small, busy or nothing happening in it. The reason for this is quite simple. As a musician, if you consider the normal pattern of modern civilized life...See more »
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
weird!, 1 May 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

It is a long time since I saw this film, so am really going off memory - however I am certain that if I say this is one of the most off-the-wall movies ever made, few who have seen it would disagree!

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were an excellent bunch of musicians who had evolved into a bit of send-up on the side by the time '200 Motels' was released. This means it falls rather heavily between being a rock musical or a comedy tour film a la Spinal Tap. Ringo Starr appears as Larry the Dwarf. Keith Moon appears as a nun (now, that's scary!); while, for reasons unknown, Theodore Bikel is there throughout as the spaced out Dave (Bikel was in 'My Fair Lady' as the star pupil amongst other mainstream features).

In good company amongst features such as 'Head' (The Monkees) and 'Born to Boogie' (T-Rex) I suppose '200 Motels' is very much of its time but looks silly and dated all these years on.

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