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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD1312D
  • UPC: 760137131298
  • Street Date: 08/14/18
  • PreBook Date: 07/10/18
  • Label: MVD Visual »
  • Genre: Cult
  • Run Time: 100 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1971
  • Region Code: 1
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US,CA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Ringo Starr
  •       Theodore Bikel
  •       Frank Zappa
  •       Pamela Des Barres
  •       Keith Moon
  •       Mothers of Invention
  • Director: Frank Zappa
  • Director: Tony Palmer
  • Producer: Herb Cohen
  • Producer: Jerry Good
  • Director: Frank Zappa, Tony Palmer
  • Producers: Herb Cohen, Jerry Good


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200 Motels

If "Touring Makes You Crazy" Then This Movie is Proof!

200 Motels
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200 Motels is Frank Zappa's outrageous, psychedelic precursor to the birth of the music video - his hilarious response to the burning question of what to do with road-wrecked musicians. Should they rip off the motel's towels and ashtrays or merely quit the group? Dare they rebel against the tyranny of the merciless Zappa?

"The Mothers of Invention," as irrepressible as Zappa himself, wreck havoc in Centerville, a "typical" American town with its Rancid Boutique, Cheesy Motel, Fake Nightclub, Redneck Eats Cafe, groupies and an honest-to-goodness Main Street. Ringo Starr, in Zappa disguise and carrying an oil lamp, narrates. Theodore Bikel is government agent Rance Muhammitz.

The hysterically funny man behind such hits as "Valley Girl", "Dancin' Fool" and "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow", Zappa reasserts his genius in this "zaniest piece of filmusical fantasy-comedy since The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night." - Daily Variety


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Bonus Materials

  • Presented in 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

Sales Points

  • Eclectic cast features a who’s who of music and rock and roll legends that includes Frank Zappa, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, George Duke and Pamela Des Barres alongside Academy Award Nominee Theodore Bikel (The Defiant Ones)
  • The cult classic comedy / fantasy / musical returns to DVD!

Press Quotes

200 Motels is a kind of magical mystery trip through all the motels, concert halls, cities, states and groupies of a road tour of the Mothers of Invention... It is a wall of sight-and-sound input, and the experience of the input... It assaults the mind with everything on hand... The movie is so unrelentingly high that you even wish for intermissions.

     —Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com

A warts 'n' all snapshot of life in Zappa's touring rock circus. Along the way Frank indulges in time-locked psychedelic frippery, and there's a certain amount of dodgy cavorting with the groupies.

     —T.J., Time Out New York


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