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Wattstax (1973)

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dramatics ...
Themselves
The Staple Singers ...
Themselves
Kim Weston ...
Herself
Jimmy Jones ...
Himself
Rance Allen ...
Himself
The Emotions ...
Themselves
William Bell ...
Himself
Louise McCord ...
Herself
Debra Manning ...
Herself
Eric Mercury ...
Himself
Freddy Robinson ...
Himself
Lee Sain ...
Himself
Ernie Hines ...
Himself
Sonny Warner ...
Himself (as Little Sonny Warner)
The Newcomers ...
Themselves
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Documentary with a selection from a non-stop 7-hour musical event at Watts, the Los Angeles Coliseum, August 20, 1972. It's a sort of Woodstock event but with black artists, namely the groups Dramatics, Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, Emotions, Bar Kays, Mel & Tim. Written by Artemis-9

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Cameo by Fred Berry dancing during 'Rufus Thomas (I)''s first song, "The Breakdown" See more »

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Featured in Laserdisc Memories: The Criterion Collection (2010) See more »

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Peace Be Still
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Performed by The Emotions
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The best music documentary of all time
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My all time favorite music film, probably because it shows how soul was about so much more than music. Stirring performances (Isaac Hayes, The Emotions, Rance Allen Group) and hilarious running monologue from Richard Pryor (at his peak). Also some provocative social statements from Watts residents in the early '70s who speak out on race and romance. Catch it whenever you can---no VHS or DVD is available.


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