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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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Rick Danko ...
Garth Hudson ...
Richard Manuel ...
Himself - Performer
Paul Butterfield ...


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. Now it's a Legend. [theatrical re-release] See more »


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Release Date:

26 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Super Jam  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,151, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$321,952, 27 May 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Shot on Thanksgiving 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, Ca. See more »


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


Robbie Robertson - Guitar: Maybe, I don't know if the years connect or its coincidence or what it is, but, it seems like thats it! That's what The Last Waltz is. I mean, 16 years on the road, the numbers start to scare ya. I mean, I couldn't live with 20 years on the road. I don't think I could even discuss it.
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At the beginning of the film it just says: "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!" See more »


Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »


The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Written by Robbie Robertson
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14 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

If you're not completely in love with The Band before watching this movie, you certainly will be after. This is one of those life-changing-you-laugh-you-cry-you-can't-stop-thinking-about-it kind of movies. The music is unbelievable and the interviews are entertaining at the least. It's more personal than Woodstock and, in my opinion, the music is infinitely better than any other rock documentary made to date. Apart from the intensely talented men of The Band, musical greats like Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and (of course) Bob Dylan play some unforgettable performances. Do yourself a favor and watch it. It's a concert performed by inspiring, talented musicians; it's what we all need in this time of musical uncertainty.

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