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Woodstock (1970)

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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.


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Credited cast:
Richie Havens ...
Sha-Na-Na ...
Themselves (as Sha Na Na)
Country Joe and the Fish ...
Crosby Stills & Nash ...
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Ten Years After ...
Santana ...
Sly and the Family Stone ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Canned Heat ...
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An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000. Written by Dan Hartung <>

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26 March 1970 (USA)  »

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Woodstock: 25th Anniversary Edition  »

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$600,000 (estimated)


$13,300,000 (USA)

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| (1970) | (1994) | (director's cut) | (director's cut) | (DVD edition)

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(re-release)| (RCA Sound System)| (70 mm prints)| (original release)



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2.20 : 1
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different experience as an adult
22 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

when the movie was first released, I saw Woodstock in a theater with my great uncle. I was in 8th grade. He took me to see it because we both played guitar and shared a love of music. It was quite an experience - especially some of the "free love" scenes, but we loved it and he was especially awed by Jimi Hendrix.

I had a chance to see the director's cut in a theater this year. It was such a gift to go back in time and recapture the feeling of that time. While four hours is a long time, the extra footage of Jimi Hendrix and the dreamy scenes of Janis Joplin near the end are worth it.

Yes, Woodstock is ESSENTIAL viewing for any rock fan and for anyone who wants to capture the real sense of what it was like to feel part of a generational "love' movement. It seems so unreal in retrospect, but those of us who lived it - remember it. See Woodstock and enjoy.

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