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  (in credits order)

Jerry Garcia ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donna Godchaux ... Herself
Keith Godchaux ... Himself

Mickey Hart ... Himself
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself
Phil Lesh ... Himself

Bob Weir ... Himself

Directed by
Jerry Garcia 
Leon Gast 
Produced by
Ron Rakow .... producer
Eddie Washington .... producer
Cinematography by
Stephen Lighthill 
David Myers 
Robert Primes 
Film Editing by
Susan R. Crutcher 
Lisa Fruchtman 
Jerry Garcia 
John Nutt 
Production Management
Kent Gibson .... production manager
Robert Marty .... post-production supervisor (special edition re-release)
Sound Department
Pat Jackson .... sound editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Wiskes .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Zarchy .... additional photographer
Animation Department
Gary Gutierrez .... animation designer
Gary Gutierrez .... animation director
Kirk Henderson .... key animator
Jeff Scheftel .... thanks

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131 min
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
There is Nothing Like a Grateful Dead Concert, 31 March 1999
Author: harpua-3 from Arizona

Hey now,

I think I have watched this movie about 200 times. Really. But it's not just because I'm a Deadhead. It's not just because the time filmed is during one of my favorite GD years, 1974. And it's not just because they have full versions of Morning Dew and GDTRFB on it.

The reason I have watched this movie so many times is because it is food for your mind and soul. ( You can add body if you like to boogie during the film.) It weaves the many layers that make up a Dead show into a cohesive whole. Rather than just show concert footage, the movie dives into the hearts and lives of both the audience and the band members. We get to see pre, during, and post-show activities, as well as interesting insights from the band members.

The film also does the best attempt of all released Dead videos of capturing "it" -- that unexplainable, natural force at work which can make the experience transcedent for those in attendance. The mixture of five different cameras and how close they get to the band help aid in their attempt to "explain the unexplainable."

The highlight of the film is definitely the "Morning Dew", from 10-18-74, right out of a beautiful Dark Star. Jerry made a wonderful decision to have Morning Dew be shown in its entirety. To this day, I still get chills when listening to the climax of that piece.

For Deadheads, this film is essential...but what makes it so respected is that the "uninformed" consumer can just as easily access this movie and see what life was like for a bunch of beatniks from San Francisco.

Mike Hanley

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