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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.

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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

Special Features

  • Micky Dolenz video interview
  • Davy Jones video interview
  • Peter Tork video interview
  • Filmographies for George Stanchev, L.B. Fisher, Jeff Geddis, Aaron Lohr, Wallace Langham, Colin Ferguson, Roger Corman, and Neill Fearnley

Product Details

  • Actors: George Stanchev, Aaron Lohr, Jeff Geddis, L.B. Fisher, Colin Ferguson
  • Directors: Neill Fearnley
  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Horizons
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RIY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,120 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Daydream Believers - The Monkees Story" on IMDb

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paige Turner VINE VOICE on June 18, 2002
Format: DVD
Ok...so there's a little artistic license taken to increase the drama in the movie, but all in all, this is a great, feel-good film. While some may feel the "happy ending" is rather cheesy, I like it because it's done in the style of the old Monkee episodes. The actors portraying the Pre-Fab Four did a terrific job and even resemble the original Monkees, especially Jeff Geddis portraying Mike Nesmith. I loved the Monkees as a kid, but never knew the true story behind the making of the show and why it only lasted for two seasons. This movie will give you an idea.
What is worth the price of this DVD are the interviews with three of the Monkees that are included. You can still see the definite personalities of Jones, Tork, and Dolenz in these interviews and get more insight into how each viewed his Monkee experience and what each did once the series was cancelled.
The running commentaries by each of these three Monkees are priceless. I watched the film 3 times in a row, and each time the film was different because of the running commentary. Mickey Dolenz is hilarious and zany throughout the entire film; his commentary kept me in stitches. Peter is more introspective, analytical and pragmatic, pointing out inaccuracies in the film. Davy Jones has a lot to say--he comments throughout the entire film, providing insights and interesting personal revelations. Their diverse commentaries and interviews makes for an interesting movie. I highly recommend this DVD for any Monkees fan.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John L. Berger on September 21, 2004
Format: DVD
Contrary to what some might say, this actually has a lot of factual information in. Anyone who has seen numerous interviews with the Monkees over the years, including many biographical prime time shows, would realize that there is more fact than fiction in this movie.

The acting is excellent. All of the actors look and act very similar to their real-life counterparts. Many kudos need to be given to George Stanchev for perfecting Davy's dancing in the "Daydream Believer" video remake.

The problem with this movie, however, is that the real drama of the Monkees began when the band started to fall apart. Peter Tork's departure and the tension that caused it are what really bring the story of the Monkees to a dramatic climax.

Unfortunately, this movie stops after the release of "Head" and ends on a bright, positive note. The real truth is that the future of the Monkees was anything but bright and positive until their total disbandment in 1970.

It's still a good movie, and there is more fact than fiction. But if you're looking for a truly representative movie about the Monkees, this isn't it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "corysnyder" on March 21, 2002
Format: DVD
As a Monkee fan, I was thrilled when I heard this biopic was going into production & incredibly disappointed when it aired. While largely accurate as to what really happened, the film seemed cheesy & awkward, with not enough Monkee music & a jaw-droppingly silly happy ending. The DVD, however, is wonderful! Not only can you skip right to the movie's best parts (i.e. the "All of Your Toys" segment), but it contains FOUR commentary tracks - three of which are by actual Monkees: Davy Jones, Peter Tork, & Micky Dolenz. Tork's is an interesting factual account of how the movie compares to reality; Micky's is a silly track that gives the movie the razzing it deserves; and, best of all, is Davy's rambling & sometimes crazy commentary track which gives great insight into his life, his mindset, & his relationship with the reclusive Mike Nesmith. If you're interested in The Monkees, skip this film when it airs on cable & pick up the DVD instead!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa, age 26 on September 18, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You've seen from the other reviews and from the interviews that this film did not exactly hold true to what really happened.
It took a while to get used to the actors - despite each of them doing a great job at being the originals. They even walked and moved like the originals which was brilliant. Mike's clone didnt have enough of a Texas accent for me - and didnt quite capture the original Mike's cool, mardy, mysteriousness. It showed him as a family man but forgot to mention how rocky the relationship he had with Phyllis was - which im lead to believe was volatile in the extreme because of Mike's gittishness. He also had an affair and a child with someone else in 1968 as far as I know and that was conveniently omitted. Would'ave been nice if the other's relationships had been covered too.
And yes it was weird that Micky had curly hair when that wasnt the case in the first series!
Would'ave been fantastic to hear Mike's commentary - you get the distinct impression that Peter and Davy didnt like him - the more I hear the worse he sounds unfortunately.
The screen tests are brilliant - the Davy one is absolutely spot on and the Mike one is not far behind!! I want to see Peter and Micky's ones - where have they gone?
This film is not great but the version with the commentaries is good from all 3 in different ways.
Davy and Micky in particular come across really well - and Peter is kind and supportive of them which is nice.
Thats enough rambling - may give you an idea anyway!!
Buy this and give it a watch - if you liked or like the Monkees it will re-whet your appetite!!
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