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Woodstock (1970)

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

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Credited cast:
Richie Havens ...
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Themselves
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Themselves (as Sha Na Na)
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Country Joe and the Fish ...
Themselves
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Crosby Stills & Nash ...
Themselves (as Crosby Stills and Nash)
Ten Years After ...
Themselves
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Santana ...
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Themselves (as Sly & the Family Stone)
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Canned Heat ...
Themselves
Bob Davis ...
Himself
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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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Trivia

The festival took place from August 15-17 but was extended to the 18th. 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 »

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Soundtracks

A Change Is Gonna Come
Written and performed by Canned Heat
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A spectacular look at the 1960's.
17 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Woodstock" was meant as a documentary about the famous 3-day 1969 New York rock festival of the same name, but it's really more valuable as a record of 1960's hippy culture. This is unquestionably the best film to capture the spirit of the 60's. Between musical acts, the camera meanders through the audience and the enormous outlying crowds to interview spectators, or just eves-drop on the scene. This is the most interesting, entertaining, and eye-opening aspect of the film.

Several of the musical performances are memorable and deserve mention: Richie Havens' awesome concert opener is a classic--you could watch it a hundred times and still get goose bumps--pure magic. Jimi Hendrix comes pretty close to magic also with the final musical number. His frenzied rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" is incredible, and a fitting closer. Country Joe and the Fish and Joe Cocker are also memorable. A few of the musical acts don't seem to fit: Sha-Na-Na comes across as a weird oddity--(a throwback to the fifties), and Alvin Lee's "Ten Years After" is just too long and boring. Most of the other performances are so-so, but worth watching.

Overall, the film captures the mood, spirit, and music of the times better than any other. I would also venture to say that this may be one of the very best documentaries ever filmed on any subject. The depth of coverage is spectacular -- fitting for such a historical event. A great movie!


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