Daydream Believers: The Monkees Story

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Four young men - Davy, Peter, Mike and Micky - were brought together to provide America's answer to The Beatles' phenomenon. The Monkees burst upon an unsuspecting world in 1965, becoming an overnight sensation. Now... for the first time, the untold story of The Monkees.
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Neil Fearnly
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Aaron Lohr
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English [CC]
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LOUISA MAYBEReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsACTUALLY NOT THAT BAD
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I was pretty amazed at how well the actors who played the Monkees looked and acted like the real guys. I was a little 13 year old girl when they first became famous. I had their first four albums which I nearly memorized, I played the so much. But I didn't follow them after that. So I was weirded out by the inclusion of "All Of Your Toys". I had to look it up on Wikipedia. Seems it was the song that Kirschner refused to put out, and it was never released until 20 years later. It was the first one that they all played on, but I had never heard it, and it kind of broke the nostalgia spell I had been enjoying up til that point. It kind of reminded me of "Cuddly Toy" (which was actually a rather nasty little song for teeny-boppers to hear). I always grit my teeth when any of the Beatles are depicted by other actors, and I had mostly the same reaction here, although the Paul actor wasn't bad. Don Kirshner was depicted as a younger guy than the guy who later produced the show "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert", but he was just as oily and repulsive as the real guy was in middle age. The Monkees music, which I haven't played for decades, was much more ballsy and energetic than I remembered. The scene of them playing "Not Your Stepping Stone" was really good, showing how a live audience brought out the Rock And Roll in these guys. The part near the end of the song when a stage-hand comes out and puts a cape over the overwrought Dolenz was funny-- the cape bit used to be part of James Brown's stage show. I actually attended one of the Monkees concerts where Jimi Hendrix opened. It was at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in NY. I vaguely remember the cape bit. My Mom had to drive me down from Connecticut. She liked Jimi. I don't remember the booing, it was just all screaming from where I was sitting. Do I sound like an old demented person lost in my memories? Tough pattooties!!!
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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars3 STARS FOR THE MUSIC
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I knew Davy and met Mickey, but this wasn't them.

They didn't even look like the Monkees. And the Davy character didn't have the smooth moves and kept losing the English accent, although his bio said he was used to speaking with it in real life.

I was ticking off the errors one by one and realized that I could save a lot of typing by saying...read the trivia. Was so happy to find them all there.

The music was original and it was fun to listen to.
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VeeBeeReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsTime machine of fun
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Not the best acting, but sure brings back memories. In the late 80s MTV re-ran the original Monkees shows, and I watched/enjoyed them again. Sometime soon after, I went on a cruise. I was on the top deck with a bunch of people I had met during the week, including some really nice guys from the Pentagon. Someone had a boombox and a Monkees tape, blasted it out. Great time. It was the perfect last afternoon on the ship.
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K.F.Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
2.0 out of 5 starsTerrible acting/Production
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Could not watch, so bizarrely weird portrayal of the 60's and stiff acting, unbearable.
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hippiechicReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA Worthy Muckumentary
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I am usually not a fan or even like muckumentary's and the beginning of Day Dream Believers was starting out very much like a usual one... so it was not winning me over at first but there was a shift not long after the beginning that slowly turned my tune of it around . Now the reason I even gave this a solid chace was I was 8-10 when The Monkeys were on top.
I understood what funny was and music I liked... I was becoming a very important part of what kind of person I wanted to be when I was older and The Monkeys had a little hand in that . I will not give out any spoilers but if you ever wanted to be famous in the music industry or television... this is an eye opener . You have probably put some thought into how you think things would go but glitches always come up .
There is a great level of artistic entertainment in this film but the message goes much deeper and by the end... I really feel this was likely the only muckumentary I will ever want to see again and again .
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsFun but a puff piece
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A lot of docupictions like this came out in the late 90s and early 2000s that were in and of themselves filtered though this "Hallmark Hall of Fame" montage of how it must have actually been. It seems like the focus was more on likenesses and less on the actual story. The "story" came off more like an actual episode of "The Monkees" than it probably had anything to do with the real life story. That's just speculation, it may have actually went down like this, sappy dialog and all, but somehow I doubt it. If you want a Disney take, and more smiles than truth, this is a worthwhile watch. If you're not one to easily suspend disbelief, you'll probably find yourself screaming BS. The more you allow yourself to view it as an episode of "The Monkees," the better off you'll be.
richieveeReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA Winning Romp Through Monkeemania
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This is one biopic that really hits its marks. The casting is terrific, the acting fine, and the editing top notch. These guys really seemed to be singing and playing their instruments. When you think of The Monkees, the story line is that this likable, bubble-gum foursome was at the top of the world but then tried to reinvent themselves as something they were not. Producing a dreadful psychedelic film (Head) did them in, for they were not The Beatles. Still, they had a funny TV series and released quite a few terrific songs. Watch this excellent depiction of their rise and demise, and you will fall for The Monkees all over again.
DSGReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA must see!
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This movie is really terrific. The acting, directing and editing is top notch.

The movie tells the story from the early auditions of the TV show to the end of the series. The movie wraps up just after the movie "Head" was released. Obviously you could not tell the entire story of the Monkees in a hour and a half but this film covered a lot of key elements that had occurred, like the writing for the show, the music direction and how each of the Monkees accepted their fame.

The actors who portrayed the cast of the Monkees were outstanding. You could tell that each one of them spent much time getting into their characters. I'm sure the real Monkees would have been proud. In fact Peter Tork makes a cameo appearance in the film.

Do not trust the reviews that give this film a bad review. This movie was made on a budget but it was definitely made very well. There are appearances (actor's portrayal) by Jimi Hendrix, Jack Nicholson and other famous people that crossed paths with the Monkees during their success. I highly recommend this movie for viewers who would like some backstory on the Monkees and for those who want some nostalgia as there is a lot of amazing art direction in this movie.

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