The Monkees credit Jack Nicholson for their movie 'Head'

The Monkees hit the big screen 50 years ago this month.

In November 1968, Head opened, puzzling as many fans of the made-for-TV band as it pleased.

Micky Dolenz says the plan for the film was to reinvent the four characters, and not just make an expensive sequel to their sitcom. 

This satire of rock and roll and fame was a joint effort -- as the TV show's creators Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson teamed with a then-unknown Jack Nicholson, who was the main screenwriter.

Micky Dolenz looks back on the movie:

"When it was suggested by Bob Rafelson and Jack -- this new guy, this new kid we'd met named Jack Nicholson -- we have a chance to do something that is not a 90-minute version of the television show. I thought that was a great idea. The four of us and Jack and Bob and Bert, we all sat down for weeks and talked and hung out and we're uncredited-credited writers on it -- 'cause we did have a lot to do with it -- but Jack is the one that penned it and did an amaze... a wonderful job, I think."

Though a box office flop when first released, Dolenz says the movie "has stood up." 

It also helped usher in the era of the independent film-maker.

Micky Dolenz says Head also played a role in bringing independent film makers into Hollywood:

"It has stood up, you know, over the years. I've now become friends with Quentin Tarantino. It's one of his top five. It's obviously a deconstruction of The Monkees. But, more importantly, a deconstruction of the Hollywood studio film industry. 'Cause, if you remember, it was Bob [Rafelson] and Bert [Schneider] and Jack [Nicholson] and Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper and others, basically were trying to get into the film industry back then, unless you were part of the major Hollywood studio system."

 
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