Woodstock (1970)

R  |   |  Documentary, History, Music  |  26 March 1970 (USA)
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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 ...
Themselves (as Crosby Stills and Nash)
Ten Years After ...
Santana ...
Sly and the Family Stone ...
Themselves (as Sly & the Family Stone)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Canned Heat ...
Jefferson Airplane ...


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 <dhartung@mcs.com>

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Release Date:

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)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richie Havens' song "Freedom" was totally improvised. He was called for so many encores that he ran out of songs to sing, so he just picked up his guitar and started singing "Freedom". See more »


David Crosby: This is our second gig.
Stephen Stills: This is the second time we've ever played in front of people, man, we're scared shitless.
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Crazy Credits

THANKS TO AT WOODSTOCK: Vinnie of the Silverspur, The Hog Farm, The Merry Pranksters AT HOME: Pete, Gloria and Herman; Norbert and Vic; Dulcinda See more »


Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »


Leavin' This Town
Written and performed by Canned Heat
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The Mother Of All Documentaries!
28 June 2003 | by (West Palm Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

I was 8 years old the time this event took place and having older siblings into the times, styles, and cultures of the era I certainly got a feel and liking for the bands in this documentary. I have seen bits and pieces of this event throughout the years, but never took the time to sit down and watch the whole event from start to finish; that is until last weekend. This definitely is what music documentaries have used as the measuring stick to define themselves ever since. The Director's Cut, which is what I viewed, is 224 min in length. It's amazing how one can get "sucked into the experience" and not notice the time elapsing! The Remastered version is incredible especially regarding the visual and audio equipment used in that time period. The 2 channel effect with the split screen is interesting and keeps the viewer entertained by the different sounds and noises in the interview segments. Best musical and visual picks are Jimi Hendrix, CSN, Country Joe (cute use of the "bouncing ball" - can we say Karaoke?), Jefferson Airplane, and my favorite Janis Joplin. If you're a period person, grew up in the late 60's, or appreciate classic rock music, then I urge you to go and watch this classic piece of work.

9 out of 10 ***

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