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      200 Motels

      1971, Musical/Comedy, 1h 38m

      8 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.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Musical, Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa

      • Producer: Herb Cohen, Jerry D. Good

      • Writer: Frank Zappa

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Production Co: Bizarre Productions, Murakami-Wolf Productions

      Cast & Crew

      Theodore Bikel
      Ringo Starr
      Jimmy Carl Black
      Pamela Miller
      Dick Barber
      Jim Pons
      Frank Zappa
      Ruth Underwood
      Judy Grindley
      Frank Zappa
      Tony Palmer
      Rich Harrison
      Frank Zappa
      Cal Schenkel
      Leo Austin
      Sue Yelland

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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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