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Release Date:
2 June 1969 (Sweden) See more »
Filmed At The Monterey International Pop Festival by D.A. Pennebaker
A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Scott McKenzie ... Performer
Denny Doherty ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)

Cass Elliot ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
John Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)

Michelle Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Frank Cook ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Bob Hite ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Henry Vestine ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Alan Wilson ... Performers (as Canned Heat)

Art Garfunkel ... Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)

Paul Simon ... Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Hugh Masekela ... Performer
Marty Balin ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jack Casady ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Spencer Dryden ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)

Paul Kantner ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Jorma Kaukonen ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)
Grace Slick ... Performer, with Jefferson Airplane
Peter Albin ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
Sam Andrew ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
Dave Getz ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
James Gurley ... Performers (as Big Brother and The Holding Company)
Larry Taylor ... Performers

Janis Joplin ... Performer

Eric Burdon ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
Vic Briggs ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
Barry Jenkins ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
Danny McCulloch ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)
John Weider ... Performers (as Eric Burdon and The Animals)

Roger Daltrey ... Performers (as The Who)

John Entwistle ... Performers (as The Who)

Keith Moon ... Performers (as The Who)

Pete Townshend ... Performers (as The Who)
Bruce Barthol ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
David Cohen ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Chicken Hirsh ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Country Joe McDonald ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Barry Melton ... Performers (as Country Joe and The Fish)
Otis Redding ... Performer

Jimi Hendrix ... Performer

Ravi Shankar ... Performer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Animals ... Themselves
Big Brother and the Holding Company ... Themselves
Canned Heat ... Themselves
Country Joe and the Fish ... Themselves
Jefferson Airplane ... Themselves
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves

The Who ... Themselves
Booker T. & the M.G.s ... Themselves (uncredited)

Steve Cropper ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)

Micky Dolenz ... Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Donald Dunn ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)
Al Jackson Jr. ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)

Booker T. Jones ... Himself - Booker T. & the MG's (uncredited)
Brian Jones ... Himself (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Performer, with Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)

Laura Nyro ... Performer (uncredited)
Noel Redding ... Performer, with Jimi Hendrix (uncredited)
Johnny Rivers ... Performer (uncredited)

Tom Smothers ... Himself (uncredited)
Carol Wayne ... Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Directed by
D.A. Pennebaker 
Produced by
Lou Adler .... producer
John Phillips .... producer
Cinematography by
Nick Doob  (as James Desmond)
Barry Feinstein 
Richard Leacock 
Albert Maysles 
Roger Murphy 
D.A. Pennebaker 
Film Editing by
Nina Schulman 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Maddox .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Mary Lampson .... assistant editor

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Additional Details

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78 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (original release) | Dolby (re-release) | Mono (original release)
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Did You Know?

Most of the artists played for free and were only paid for their expenses - the only performer who was paid for his performance was Ravi Shankar. When John Phillips and Lou Adler took over the promotion of the festival from the original promoters, they decided to honor Shankar's original contract.See more »
Miscellaneous: In the opening credits, a hand-drawn title says "IN ORDER OF PEFORMANCE", misspelling the word "PERFORMANCE".See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Asylum: Episode #1.5" (1996)See more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Watch out for your ears!!, 1 October 2002
Author: billymac72 from Chicago, IL

I've heard it commented that Monterey Pop is less of a `movie' than Woodstock because it doesn't really get to know the Audience as a character (through interviews, pointed observation, thru-stories, etc.). This is nothing more than old-fashioned critic snobbery. The distance is precisely the mystique of the film. Do we need to talk to the audience or to Janis Joplin, for example, after her performance? As an impressed Cass Elliot looks on, we see Joplin playfully skitter off the stage like a schoolgirl to embrace a friend after her victorious `Ball & Chain,' and we totally feel her sense of accomplishment and state of exhaustion after delivering such a powerhouse. Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words.

Monterey Pop, in comparison to Woodstock, does indeed have a distant feel and, overall, lacks that film's spit & polish. But this is like comparing two different directing styles – say Kubrick vs. Ford. Based on its own merits, this film is a fantastic, bare-bones look back at the state of (what was then!) underground music…before drugs & death took their massive toll, before it all became `classic rock' commercialism, and before everyone (including myself) had a chance to pontificate on its merits ad nauseum. The distance afforded their subjects by the filmmakers adds to this experimental `street' allure and is actually very appropriate. Have you ever felt cheated by a band simply because they went commercial? How it just doesn't feel the same because what once seemed like a hip secret kept by a choice few had now gained Mass Audience Appeal? The jig was up. Alas, for those old days… Monterey captures that spirit of an unbridled, non-compromised and spontaneous movement that has just the right touch of danger attached.

Even though Monterey Pop has a garage rock feel, it's not really about `garage rock' per se, which has its roots back to 50s. It's more about a time when rock really went through a kind of psychedelic overhaul that continues to influence today. Besides the psychedelia, however, rock went through a diverse artistic transition that begun to incorporate music from other countries, styles and mediums (You want diversity? Try Otis Redding and Ravi Shankar on the same bill!). Although the Beatles had already begun to incorporate this stuff, most had not by '67 and were just perfecting their own innovative sounds (Janis Joplin, for instance, did not bring in a full horn section until a couple of years later, and Big Brother remained very guitar-driven). The jazz of Hugh Mesekela, for instance, is a standout here. I don't see Woodstock as having such a wide scope.

On the other hand, comparisons made to Woodstock are valuable enhancements to this film's enjoyment, not necessarily the base of negative critique. One reviewer, for instance, pointed out the medium hairstyle length of most of the men here (most were so new to The Scene that they hadn't had enough time to grow it out yet. Crew cuts and horn-rimmed glasses also abound). Many of the bands also look surprisingly young & innocent when compared with their Woodstock performances only 2 years later (the results of hard living?). Hendrix at Woodstock, in particular, comes off as nearly sedate when compared to his historic appearance here. Such details are what make Monterey Pop a gorgeous document of this period.

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