200 Motels

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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

Plot Summary

  • "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.

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
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