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Woodstock (1970)

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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

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Richie Havens ...
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Themselves
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Country Joe and the Fish ...
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Crosby Stills & Nash ...
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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 <dhartung@mcs.com>

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26 March 1970 (USA)  »

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Woodstock: 25th Anniversary Edition  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$50,000,000
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| (1970) | (1994) | (director's cut) | (director's cut) | (DVD edition) | (Director's Cut w/ additional & exclusive footage)

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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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Abbie Hoffman wasn't the only one to feel Pete Townshend's wrath during The Who's performance. As they were walking onstage Townshend kicked one of the cameramen filming the documentary. The cameraman happened to be none other than the film's director Michael Wadleigh. See more »

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[first lines]
Interviewer: Okay. Go ahead.
Sidney Westerfield, Local merchant: My name is Sidney Westerfield. I'm the owner of this antique tavern, Mongaup Valley, New York State. I was here when this crowd really came. We expected 50,000 a day and there must have been a million. I, myself, was hungry for two days because I couldn't get any food! I couldn't go out to buy any food.
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Sidney Westerfield, Local merchant: I was eatin' cornflakes for two days. And the kids were wonderful. I had no kick. It was, "Sir, this" and "Sir, that" and "Thank you, this" and "Thank you, ...
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits of the Director's Cut, Crosby, Stills and Nash are heard singing "Cost of Freedom". The visuals are of a still shot of the crowd of Woodstock, fading into a long list of names of various people, including performers who were at Woodstock, who have since died. The list of names ends with the following: Peace Music Ecology Liberty Community Democracy Alternatives Knowledge Altruism This is then followed by: Woodstock Generation 19**-20** R.I.P. it up Tear it up have a Ball See more »

Connections

Featured in Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Handsome Johnny
Written by Louis Gossett Jr. and Richie Havens
Performed by Richie Havens
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The Youth of the World
1 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I just got done watching the DVD version of Woodstock last night. At 25, I didn't realize it until then, that these were just kids! Woodstock may have been about music, it may have been about peace, but what the documentary truly captured on film was the Youth of American trying to make things right in a time when there was wrong. A garden of eden filled with innocence and joy. The only sorrow one knows when watching Woodstock is the fear of 1969 and the knowledge that many of the idols found in that year are not with us today. Still, man, what a time and I only wish I could have been there, among the innocent in the garden. Too bad I was born in 1978


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