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200 Motels (1971)

R
98 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Music

"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this movie came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a ...See more"Touring makes you crazy", Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this movie came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid. Written by George S. Davis See less
Directors
Tony Palmer (visuals) | Frank Zappa (characterizations)
Writers
Frank Zappa (story and screenplay) | Tony Palmer (shooting script) | Mark Volman (special material) | Howard Kaylan (special material)
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Composer
Frank Zappa (music composed by)
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Release date
Nov 10, 1971 (United States)

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Mark Volman
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Howard Kaylan
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Ian Underwood
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Aynsley Dunbar
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George Duke
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Theodore Bikel
Rance Muhammitz / Dave Rance Muhammitz / Dave   See fewer
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Keith Moon
The Hot Nun The Hot Nun   See fewer
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Jimmy Carl Black
Lonesome Cowboy Burt Lonesome Cowboy Burt   See fewer
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Janet Neville-Ferguson
Groupie #1 (as Janet Ferguson) Groupie #1 (as Janet Ferguson)   See fewer
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Lucy Offerall
Groupie #2 Groupie #2   See fewer
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Dick Barber
Bif Debris - The Vacuum Cleaner Bif Debris - The Vacuum Cleaner   See fewer
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Pamela Des Barres
Interviewer (as Pamela Miller) Interviewer (as Pamela Miller)   See fewer
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Ruth Underwood
Fake Drummer Fake Drummer   See fewer
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Judy Gridley
Chorus Leader Chorus Leader   See fewer
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Ringo Starr
Larry The Dwarf / Frank Zappa Larry The Dwarf / Frank Zappa   See fewer
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Jim Pons
Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited) Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited)   See fewer
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Euclid James 'Motorhead' Sherwood
Motorhead Sherwood (uncredited) Motorhead Sherwood (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Zappa
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5.9 / 10 | 1,780 votes