200 Motels

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

200 Motels (1971, USA) is a Surreal-Musical-comedy film directed by Tony Palmer and Frank Zappa.

Main Details

  • Released in 1971
  • Color
  • Running Time: 98 Min.
  • Production Co: Bizarre Productions | Murakami-Wolf Productions
  • Distribution Co: United Artists
  • Directed by Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
  • Written by Frank Zappa, Tony Palmer, Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Jeff Simmons
  • Starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Janet Neville-Ferguson, Lucy Offerall, Jimmy Carl Black, Martin Lickert, Dick Barber, Don Preston, Pamela Des Barres
  • Produced by Herb Cohen, Jerry D. Good, Brian Harris, Raoul Pagel
  • Original Music by Frank Zappa
  • Cinematography by Tony Palmer
  • Film Editing by Rich Harrison

Also Known As

  • 200 motellia (Finland) | Deux cents motels (France) | Dwiescie moteli (Poland) | Frank Zappa - 200 Motels (Germany) | Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (USA) (complete title) | Two Hundred Motels


Principal scenes of 200 Motels including the London Philharmonic Orchestra were filmed in a week at Pinewood Studios outside London, and featured The Mothers of Invention, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel, and Keith Moon. Tensions between Zappa and several cast and crew members arose before and during shooting. (Wikipedia)

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