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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 overview, first billed only:
The Band ...
Rick Danko ...
Himself - Bass & Violin & Vocal (as The Band)
Himself - The Band: Lead Guitar & Vocal
Richard Manuel ...
Himself - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal (as The Band)
Himself - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal (as The Band)
Garth Hudson ...
Himself - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers (as The Band)
Himself - Performer
Himself - Performer
Himself - Performer
Herself - Performer
Himself - Performer
Herself - Performer
Himself - Performer
Paul Butterfield ...
Himself - Performer
Himself - Performer


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:

El último vals  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$321,952 (USA) (24 May 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guitarist Robbie Robertson's microphone is off through most of the show. He is seen singing at full strength, but no vocal from his microphone ends up in the film. (When Neil Young is singing the first verse of "Helpless," Robertson can be seen in the background mistakenly launching into the chorus as Young continues the verse. The words sung by Robertson are unheard despite the nearby microphone, and bassist Rick Danko can be seen telling Robertson he came in too soon.) See more »


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


[Speaking about Ronnie Hawkins]
Himself: He called me up, and I said, "Sure I'd like a job. What does it mean? What do I do?" And he said, "Well, son, you won't make much money, but you'll get more pussy than Frank Sinatra."
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Crazy Credits

During the United Artists opening logo the sound of the filmmakers getting ready to shoot the first sequence of the film (Rick Danko playing pool, which it leads right into) can be heard. See more »


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Some Diamonds
16 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Standouts include-- Rick Danko performing a soulful rendition of "It makes no difference".

Eric Clapton jamming with Robbie Robertson shows that Robbie is an excellent, and I believe, under rated guitarist.

"The night they drove old Dixie down" is another great performance with Levon belting it out.

Bob Dylan on "I shall be released" and "Forever young" are moving even though he is obviously renown for his song writing and not vocal abilities.

Muddy Waters, Ronny Hawkins, and Van Morrison also deliver the goods.

There is some gray material, however, for me, the diamonds outweigh the granite.

If you like blues, country rock, or electric folk there will be something for you in this film.

The interviews are interesting but, of course, it's the music that makes the movie.

I rented this for $3 at Blockbuster on DVD. It was worth more.

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