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The Last Waltz (1978)

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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Band ...
Themselves
Rick Danko ...
Himself - Bass & Violin & Vocal (as The Band)
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Himself - The Band: Lead Guitar & Vocal
Richard Manuel ...
Himself - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal (as The Band)
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Himself - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal (as The Band)
Garth Hudson ...
Himself - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers (as The Band)
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Himself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
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Herself - Performer
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Herself - Performer
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Paul Butterfield ...
Himself - Performer
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Thanksgiving, 1976, San Francisco's Winterland: the Band performs its last concert after 16 years on the road. Some numbers they do alone, some songs include guest artists from Ronnie Hawkins (their first boss, when they were the Hawks) to Bob Dylan (their last, when as his backup and as a solo group, they came into their own). Scorsese's camera explores the interactions onstage in the making of music. Offstage, he interviews the Band's five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road. The friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear add up to a last waltz. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration. [original theatrical] See more »

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26 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último vals  »

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$16,151 (USA) (5 April 2002)

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$321,952 (USA) (24 May 2002)
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During the performance of the song "Mystery Train", performed with Paul Butterfield, the stage lights blew out, leaving only one spotlight to light the stage. When Neil Young performs "Helpless", Joni Mitchell is singing background vocals from a microphone backstage. See more »

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During Garth Hudson's solo in the song "Stagefright", the entire song cuts forward approximately 25 seconds. See more »

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Richard Manuel: [describing how The Band got its name] Well, we were The Hawks.
Robbie Robertson: And everything was fine, we were sailing along, and all of a sudden, one day The Hawks meant something else altogether.
Richard Manuel: And it was right in the middle of that whole psychedelia. Chocolate Subway, Marshmallow Overcoat. Those kind of names, you know?
Robbie Robertson: When we were working with Bob Dylan and we moved to Woodstock, everybody referred to us as the band. He called us the band, our friends called us the band, our neighbors called us the ...
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It Makes No Difference
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One of ulimate concert films of all time.
12 February 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be a die-hard fan of The Band to appreciate this concert film. Martin Scorsese turns this farewell performance into a lasting tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, and to many of their contemporaries as well. The guest performer list for this show reads like a veritable who's who of Rock and Roll history, with performances by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, to name but a few. Even if you weren't born yet, or were too young to remember these artists in their heyday, this film will educate you as to what all the fuss was about. And believe me, the fuss was well deserved.


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