The untold story of the music sensation, THE MONKEES, packed with DVD extras including multiple video interviews and commentaries by the real Monkees themselves. A made-for-TV movie originally broadcast on VH1, this film bio of the Monkees casts look-alikes as the first made-for-TV rock band (today's equivalent: O-Town). Told in broad strokes that hit the highlights, the film recounts how a TV producer (played by Colin Ferguson) decided to create a TV version of the Beatles by casting cute actors (musicianship was only a secondary requirement) as rock stars for a weekly comedy series. But surprise--producer Don Kirshner (Wallace Langham) was able to manufacture musical hits and the mock band became a rock band with musical ambitions of its own. The actors who play the Monkees look (but don't sound) like their characters, as do actors who were hired to play the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Still, with the exception of a little pot-smoking, there's nothing particularly juicy in a tell-all that doesn't tell nearly as much as you'd like. --Marshall Fine

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Daydream Believers - The Monkees Story (2000)

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The untold story of the music sensation, THE MONKEES, packed with DVD extras including multiple video interviews and commentaries by the real Monkees themselves. A made-for-TV movie originally broadcast on VH1, this film bio of the Monkees casts look-alikes as the first made-for-TV rock band (today's equivalent: O-Town). Told in broad strokes that hit the highlights, the film recounts how a TV producer (played by Colin Ferguson) decided to create a TV version of the Beatles by casting cute actors (musicianship was only a secondary requirement) as rock stars for a weekly comedy series. But surprise--producer Don Kirshner (Wallace Langham) was able to manufacture musical hits and the mock band became a rock band with musical ambitions of its own. The actors who play the Monkees look (but don't sound) like their characters, as do actors who were hired to play the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Still, with the exception of a little pot-smoking, there's nothing particularly juicy in a tell-all that doesn't tell nearly as much as you'd like. --Marshall Fine

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Cast
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George Stanchev

Davy Jones
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Aaron Lohr

Micky Dolenz
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Jeff Geddis

Mike Nesmith
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L.B. Fisher

Peter Tork
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Colin Ferguson

Van Foreman
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Wallace Langham

Don Kirshner
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Stephen Bogaert

Harris Green
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Polly Shannon

Phyllis Nesmith
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Jim Thorburn

Derek
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Sarah Lafleur

Carla
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Christopher Crumb

John
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Toby Proctor

Auditioner #1
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Jeff Ironi

Policeman #1
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Joe Matheson

Drunk Businessman
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Charlotte Leonard

Young Girlfriend #1
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Karley Marek

T-shirt Woman
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Edward Glen

Producer
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Jason Knight

Paul
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Colin Evans

George
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Graham Harley

Davy's Dad
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Katie Griffin

Award Presenter (as Katie Griffen)
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Tim Hall

Cooler Kid
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Larry Bain

Young Guy
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Jennifer Foster

Mother
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Connor Cunningham

Little Boy
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Tony Springer

Jimi Hendrix
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Ron Payne

Mr. Russell
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Paul A. MacFarlane

Security Guard
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Courtney Hawkrigg

Girl Fan
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Amanda May

English Woman
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Nicole Dicker

School Girl
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Lillian Lewis

Socialite Woman
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Kevin Hare

TV Executive
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Dwayne McLean

Policeman #2
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Jamie Jones

Waiter
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Tom Farr

Davy
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Balázs Koós

Beatnik Friend
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Peter Tork

Cameo (uncredited)
Crew
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Neill Fearnley

Director
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Daydream Believers - The Monkees Story

(DVD)

1/22/2002

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