[[caption-width-right:350: [[AccidentalInnuendo "From the guys who gave you ''Head''..."]] ]]

->''"Hey, hey, we are The Monkees\\
you know we love to please\\
A manufactured image''\\
''with no philosophies"''
-->-- From "Ditty Diego - War Chant"

''Head'' is a film released in 1968, starring TV rock group Franchise/TheMonkees, and distributed by Creator/ColumbiaPictures. It was written and produced by Bob Rafelson and Creator/JackNicholson, and directed by Rafelson.

''Head'' begins at the dedication of a bridge; The Monkees suddenly interrupt the ceremony by running through the assembled officials, to the sound of various horns and sirens. The rest of the film has no overriding plot. There are several short vignettes that consist of a conflict and resolution, but the film is essentially plotless, a seemingly stream of consciousness stringing-together of musical numbers, satire of various film genres, elements of [[PsychedelicRock psychedelia]], and references to topical issues such as UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.

The film was a flop, only earning back a fraction of its $750,000 budget, and was one of the factors that led to the band's demise. Audience and critical reception were both poor; it was too trippy to appeal to established fans of the band, its actual target audience being the same people who hated their TV show. Through the years, however, it was VindicatedByHistory, along with the band itself, and became a CultClassic, standing as an example of [[MindScrew pure weirdness]] matched by very few films of the era.


* AllThereInTheScript: Very few of the guest characters' names are mentioned onscreen. They can be gleaned from the end credits, but if you don't know the actors involved, you won't know who is who. For instance, do you know which character Lord High 'N' Low is?[[note]]He's the man in the shaggy vest who warns the boys not to make fun of cripples. Played by Timothy Carey.[[/note]]
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: One of the vignettes is a commercial where the Monkees play dandruff flakes on Victor Mature's head. Later, a giant Mature is among those chasing the boys at the end.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Inverted: ''Head'' was (and is) rated G, probably because it was released when the MPAA rating system was brand new and the G rating didn't yet mean "for little kids only". Given the film's trippy atmosphere[[note]]although drugs are never directly mentioned[[/note]] and occasional violence, it would almost certainly get a PG or PG-13 today.
* BellyDancer: Featured in the "Can You Dig It?" sequence.
* BerserkButton: Mike really, ''really'' doesn't like surprises. And that includes Christmas.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Music/FrankZappa 's cow says: "Monkees is the craziest peoples!" This is a direct reference to an old catch phrase from radio and film comedian Lew Lehr.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Almost constantly, even more so than the TV series, and a lot more cynically or dramatically.
** Some are in-jokes, like the big BlackBox on the set they find themselves in.
** Perhaps the only known instance of Breaking The Second Wall: Micky, in the frontier scene with Teri Garr, gets fed up with the farce that is acting and tears a hole in the scenic backdrop to leave.
** In the same scene, Teri Garr's character (in a character) dies, whom Micky revives by kicking and saying "Come on lady, you're [[NotQuiteDead not even dead]]." Inverted: Garr's character is confused that she's actually alive.
** The end of the diner scene when Peter storms off and the crew start milling into the shot (and we see Nicholson and Hopper).
* TheCameo: Several: Annette Funicello, Music/FrankZappa, Creator/DennisHopper, Sonny Liston, Toni ("Mickey") Basil, Ray Nitschke, a young Teri Garr, Victor Mature, Carol Doda and even Creator/JackNicholson himself. Although Nicholson and Hopper are cases of RetroactiveRecognition as they were only producers of the movie and weren't yet famous actors.
* CloseOnTitle: There are no opening credits at all. Not even a studio logo; it just opens on an extreme close-up of the ribbon for the bridge dedication ceremony. The title shows up at the very end of the film, followed by the credits.
* CreditsGag: One section of the credits is printed [[SdrawkcabName backwards]], ending with "Frodis", a CallBack to the TV show.
* CultSoundtrack: Since the soundtrack album was more easily available than the film for a long time, it could be considered this. The extensive use of soundbites from the film was very innovative for its era, and "Porpoise Song" has acquired a life outside of the film, with several [[CoverVersion Cover Versions]], and featured in ''Film/VanillaSky'' and ''Series/MadMen'' too.
* DadaAd[=/=]WhatWereTheySellingAgain: One reason that ''Head'' may have failed at the box office was its bizarre television ads which consisted solely of a continuous shot of advertising consultant John Brockman’s face with the word "Head" superimposed on it at the end. The spots never mentioned that it starred the Monkees... or even that ''Head'' was a ''movie''.
** This can be credited almost exclusively to ExecutiveMeddling, though. Even the Monkees themselves didn't understand the marketing strategy. Peter Tork later criticized "those two-minute commercials for ''Head'' that were so avant-garde as to be positively repulsive."
** The spots were a parody of Creator/AndyWarhol's experimental film ''Blow Job'', which would still be well outside the scope of public familiarity.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Don't expect the film to be as comical and over the top as the series, especially during the second half of the film.
* DestroyTheProductPlacement: Micky blasts a Coke machine in the middle of the desert with a tank gun.
* EruditeStoner: Peter, especially during his philosophical and psychedelic monologue.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: Davy is spooked by a giant eye inside a medicine cabinet.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Davy's cannon at the climax of the film.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Preceding the "Happy Birthday"/"Long Title" sequence.
* HereWeGoAgain: They did some of the major bits twice (i.e. the boxing scene, the factory tour, the bridge ceremony, the Porpoise Song, and stuff).
* HowWeGotHere: The Monkees running and interrupting the bridge-opening ceremony is explained later.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Rumor has it that ''Film/{{Head}}'' was titled as such so that when Rafelson and Nicholson released their next film ''Film/EasyRider'', it could be promoted as being "from the guys who gave you ''Film/{{Head}}''". Also an obvious drug reference.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Inverted. Peter recites his highly intelligent philosophical monologue (as passed down by his OldMaster, the Swami), and literally ''forces'' the Monkees to listen to him. He then goes on to say: “But then, why should I speak…since I know nothing?”
* MindScrew
* MirrorRoutine
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Swami (played by Abraham Sofaer) is clearly modeled on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]] (one of a handful of references to Music/TheBeatles in the film).
* PieInTheFace: Peter, by an angry waitr(ess) near the end of the movie.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Davy when they escape from the box.
* RandomEventsPlot: More "random events" than "plot", and done deliberately.
* RibbonCuttingCeremony: The movies opens with one for a bridge.
* ScarySurpriseParty: Michael was lured to his own death…err…birthday party.
** Funny they didn't celebrate Davy's birthday, too (both were born on December 30).
* SceneryPorn: The footage of the individual Monkees strolling through natural settings during "As We Go Along".
* SelfDeprecation: It would probably be easier to count the scenes where movie isn't poking at The Monkees at some point.
* ShirtlessScene: Micky and Davy.
* ShoutOut:
** A few to Music/TheBeatles. Mr. & Mrs. Ace asks The Monkees if they're "Still paying tribute to Ringo Starr," and Peter whistles "Strawberry Fields Forever" in the restroom scene.
** The Italian commander played by Vito Scotti is named [[Film/IVitelloni "I. Vitelloni"]].
* TheSomethingSong: "Porpoise Song" and "Daddy's Song".
* SpiritualSuccessor:
** Jack Nicholson wrote the screenplay for Creator/RogerCorman's ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Trip_(1967_film) The Trip]]'' before he worked on ''Head'', and there are some definite commonalities in the two films, to the extent that ''Head'' plays almost like a parody of ''The Trip'' at times.
** After his cameo here, some of ''Head'' 's surrealism must've rubbed off onto Creator/FrankZappa when he made ''Film/TwoHundredMotels''.
* StartsWithASuicide: The film starts off [[BookEnds (and ENDS)]] with Micky Dolenz jumping off a bridge...which arguably makes the whole film his [[DyingDream near-death hallucination]].
* ThirstyDesert: A [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] Micky shamelessly beating up an empty Coke machine (and then proceeding to [[StuffBlowingUp blow it up]]) in the middle of the barren desert. Signifies the film’s many fans’ CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* TimePassesMontage: The "As We Go Along" sequence is meant to depict the passage of the seasons. Winter is Peter walking through snow, Spring is Micky wandering in a forest, Summer is Davy in a field of flowers, and Autumn is Mike strolling on the beach.
* UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: Several actual clips from the war are featured, as well as a scene with the Monkees as soldiers in battle.
* WatchItStoned: In a desperate last-ditch attempt to sell the movie, Columbia Pictures added a blurb from ''New York Times'' reviewer Renata Adler to its poster: "''Head'' is a film to see if you've been smoking grass". Except, Adler hated the movie and that line was meant to be an insult.
* WeirdnessMagnet: The movie is basically 86 minutes of The Monkees attracting all manner of weirdness.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Invoked by Peter in the BreakingTheFourthWall scene where he talks to Bob Rafelson after hitting the waitress.
-->"Bob, it's a movie for kids - they're not gonna dig it, man..."
* WouldHitAGirl: Micky and Peter both punch women in the face during the movie (though in Peter's case, it's actually a man in drag).