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(1971)

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The role of Jeff was originally intended for Mothers bassist Jeff Simmons, who quit the group just before filming. As a replacement, Frank Zappa hired Wilfrid Brambell, who walked off the set in a rage a few days later. During a crew meeting, Zappa announced that he would give the part to the next person who walked into the room. Martin Lickert, Sir Ringo Starr's chauffeur, was cast when he walked in with a pack of cigarettes for Starr.
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Frank Zappa originally wanted Sir Christopher Lee to play Rance Muhammitz.
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While Frank Zappa appears extensively in this movie, either conducting the orchestra or playing his guitar, he neither sings nor speaks.
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Unlike most movie musicals, the soundtrack was recorded live as the movie was shot, instead of recording the soundtrack beforehand and then lipsynching during filming.
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Cited as the first British-made example of the videotape-to-film process.
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The movie was shot on videotape, at Pinewood Studios, London, England in five days at the beginning of February 1971.
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This movie is mainly set in the fictional town of Centerville, somewhere in the southern United States, where the visiting rock band gets in trouble with the local xenophobic rednecks. This movie was actually shot at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England. The studio is at a distance of twenty-seven kilometers (seventeen miles) from central London.
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