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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:
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. [original theatrical] 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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Did You Know?


Levon Helm states in "This Wheel's On Fire" that Garth Hudson appears so eccentric in his oddly woozy interview because Martin Scorsese showed up to interview him, unannounced, at 6:00 am. See more »


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


Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: [First lines] Okay, Rick, what's the game?
Rick Danko - Bass: [At at pool table] Cut throat.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: What's the object?
Rick Danko - Bass: Object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off.
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Without doubt the best lineup for a free concert that also served turkey.
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If you, as a music lover, have ever wondered what it would be like to see a concert starring the very cream of the crop from the sixties and seventies, you have that opportunity now. Martin Scorcese has produced a film that should be mandatory viewing for anyone who calls themselves a rock lover. While all the performances are memorable, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and, of course, The Band are incredible. Beyond the music, the very premise of the concert is amazing: A big bang to end the era, thanksgiving dinner for thousands, a wicked lineup, great music and some really enlightening interviews. The Last Waltz is a must see if you are a fan of the rock&roll genre, as The Band and friends not only play their hearts out, but also pay tribute to the sound that we all know and love.

Watch it, you won't regret the time spent.

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