200 Motels



"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.

  1. Frank Zappa

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Tony Palmer


Top Billed Cast

  1. The Mothers of Invention

    The Mothers of Invention


  2. Ringo Starr

    Ringo Starr

    Larry the Dwarf / Frank Zappa

  3. Theodore Bikel

    Theodore Bikel

    Rance Muhammitz / Dave

  4. Keith Moon

    Keith Moon

    Hot Nun

  5. Frank Zappa

    Frank Zappa


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200 Motels
200 Motels


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Status Released

Release Information

  • November 10, 1971

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 38m

Budget $679,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -



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