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Director:
Writer:
Mardik Martin (treatment)
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Release Date:
26 April 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration. [original theatrical] See more »
Plot:
A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Glare of the Spotlight See more (107 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
The Band ... Themselves
Rick Danko ... Himself - Bass & Violin & Vocal (as The Band)

Robbie Robertson ... Himself - The Band: Lead Guitar & Vocal
Richard Manuel ... Himself - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal (as The Band)

Levon Helm ... Himself - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal (as The Band)
Garth Hudson ... Himself - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers (as The Band)

Eric Clapton ... Himself - Performer

Neil Diamond ... Himself - Performer

Bob Dylan ... Himself - Performer

Joni Mitchell ... Herself - Performer

Neil Young ... Himself - Performer

Emmylou Harris ... Herself - Performer

Ringo Starr ... Himself - Performer
Paul Butterfield ... Himself - Performer

Dr. John ... Himself - Performer
Van Morrison ... Himself - Performer

Ronnie Hawkins ... Himself - Performer
The Staple Singers ... Themselves - Performer (as The Staples)
Muddy Waters ... Himself - Performer

Ron Wood ... Himself - Performer
Michael McClure ... Himself - Performer (as Michael Mc Clure)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti ... Himself - Performer

Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Interviewer
Jim Gordon ... Himself - Performer
Tom Malone ... Himself - Performer
Howard Johnson ... Himself - Performer
Jerry Hey ... Himself - Performer (as Jerry Hay)
Richard Cooper ... Himself - Performer
Charlie Keagle ... Himself - Performer
Larry Packer ... Himself - Performer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Margolin ... Himself - Playing Guitar with Muddy Waters
Bill Graham ... Himself - At Edge of Stage (uncredited)
Robert Charles Guidry ... Himself (uncredited)
Pinetop Perkins ... Himself - Playing Piano with Muddy Waters (uncredited)
Carl Radle ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Writing credits
Mardik Martin (treatment)

Produced by
L.A. Johnson .... line producer: concert
Frank Marshall .... line producer: studio & documentary
Steven Prince .... associate producer
Robbie Robertson .... producer
Jonathan T. Taplin .... executive producer (as Jonathan Taplin)
Joel Chernoff .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jan Roblee 
Yeu-Bun Yee 
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Set Decoration by
Anthony Mondell 
 
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... makeup department head (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mel Dellar .... unit production manager (as Melvin D. Dellar)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Linda McMurray .... second assistant director (as Linda Mc Murray)
James Quinn .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jay Drevers .... construction coordinator: FM Productions
 
Sound Department
Ed Anderson .... chief technical engineer
Rick Ash .... sound recording engineer
Andy Bloch .... sound recording engineer
Neil Brody .... sound recording engineer
Steve Gagné .... sound: FM Productions (as Steve Gagne)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Stephen Katz .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Katz)
Tim Kramer .... sound recording engineer
Paul Laune .... sound effects editor
Jerry L. Levinson .... assistant sound effects editor
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Elliot Mazer .... sound recording engineer
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editor (as Richard L. Oswald)
Art Rochester .... sound recording engineer
Nelson Stoll .... production sound mixer
Stuart Taylor .... sound recording engineer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Zatkin .... sound recording engineer
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Jack Snyder .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dion Hatch .... roto artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Delton Bass .... lighting: FM Productions
Hans Baumgartner .... first assistant camera
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Gary Boren .... first assistant camera
Bobby Byrne .... additional director of photography
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator (as Ray J. De La Motte)
Sean Doyle .... camera operator
Cary Griffith .... key grip (as Cary E. Griffith)
Tim Griffith .... chief set electrician
Lawrence Gruenberg .... first assistant camera
László Kovács .... additional director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)
Bill Krattiger .... gaffer (as William E. Kratiger)
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joe Marquette)
David Myers .... additional director of photography
Hiro Narita .... additional director of photography
Walter Nichols .... gaffer
Michael O'Callahan .... second assistant camera
Steve Peterson .... first assistant camera (as W. Steven Peterson)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera (as Anthony Rivetti)
Tibor Sands .... first assistant camera
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
George Stephenson .... first assistant camera (as George Stevenson)
Ed Stewart .... lighting: FM Productions
Don Stott .... chief set electrician (as Don C. Stott)
Ted T. Sugura .... first assistant camera (as Ted Sugiura)
John Toll .... first assistant camera
Ron Vargas .... first assistant camera (as Ronald Vargas)
Michael W. Watkins .... additional director of photography (as Michael Watkins)
Vilmos Zsigmond .... additional director of photography
Eric D. Andersen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Selwyn Eddy .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Karen Hoenig .... assistant editor (as Karen V. Hoenig)
Eric A. Sears .... assistant editor (as Eric Sears)
 
Music Department
Baker Bigsby .... music engineer/mixer
Richard Cooper .... musician: horn
Rick Danko .... composer: song "Life Is a Carnival"
Rob Fraboni .... soundtrack production
Jim Gordon .... musician: horn
Levon Helm .... composer: song "Life Is a Carnival"
Jerry Hey .... musician: horn (as Jerry Hay)
Howard Johnson .... musician: horn
Charlie Keagle .... musician: horn
Tom Malone .... musician: horn
Sonny Olivera .... music coordinator (as Sonny J. Olivera)
Larry Packer .... musician: electric violin
Robert H. Raff .... music editor
John Simon .... music producer: concert music
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
 
Other crew
Zohn Artman .... public relations: FM Productions
Peter Barsotti .... production coordinator: FM Productions
Rock Brynner .... road manager
Neil Canton .... production assistant
Gerry Caskey .... equipment manager (as Jerry Kasky)
Sandy Castle .... road manager
Cliff Crumpler .... equipment manager
Jeanne Field .... assistant production coordinator
Dave Furano .... administrative executive: FM Productions
Jamie C. Glauber .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Bill Graham .... concert producer
Barry Imhoff .... guest coordinator
Barry Imhoff .... logistics
Clayton Johnson .... stage manager: FM Productions
Paul Kimatian .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Knoop .... production assistant
Sylvia Lovegren .... production secretary
Gregory Malozzi .... production coordinator: FM Productions
Mardik Martin .... creative consultant
Ava Megna .... assistant to producer
Dayle Michelle .... production assistant
Dan Perri .... title designer
Taylor Phelps .... road manager
Ron Rapiel .... production assistant
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor (as Hannah G. Scheel)
Danny Scher .... administrative executive: FM Productions
Sally Stringer .... script supervisor
Queenie Taylor .... advertising: FM Productions
Susan Winslow .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Lisa Altamirano .... special thanks: featured dancer (as Lisa Mariea Altamirano)
David A. Braun .... special thanks
Bob Cato .... special thanks
Michael DeTemple .... special thanks (as Michael De Temple)
Douglas Dilge .... special thanks: The Film League Inc. (as Doug Dilg)
Marshall Gelfand .... special thanks
Henry Glover .... special thanks
Steven Gok .... special thanks: featured dancer
Lance Grode .... special thanks
Albert Grossman .... special thanks
Connie Hayes .... special thanks
Blaine Novak .... special thanks: The Film League Inc.
Bob Oppenheim .... special thanks
Mo Ostin .... special thanks
Sara Owen .... special thanks
Thomas Rarick .... special thanks: Berkeley Promenade Orchestra
Tom Rashford .... special thanks
Ken Regan .... special thanks
Bill Rose .... special thanks
Tom Ross .... special thanks
Amy Sayres .... special thanks: The Film League Inc.
Thelma Schoonmaker .... special thanks
Russell Schwartz .... special thanks: The Film League Inc.
Barry Siegel .... special thanks
Paul Wasserman .... special thanks
Mary Wilkinson .... special thanks: The Film League Inc.
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Robbie Robertson's Stratocaster was bronzed for the concert.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During Garth Hudson's solo in the song "Stagefright", the entire song cuts forward approximately 25 seconds.See more »
Quotes:
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 band.
Richard Manuel:We started out with The Crackers. We tried to call ourselves The Honkies. Everybody kind of backed off from that. It was too straight. So we decided just to call ourselves The Band.
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38 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Glare of the Spotlight, 11 January 2005
Author: catchick37 from Alabama

This movie was only a name to me until I saw it last year. Immediately, I was riveted by everything about it. I've always been a casual fan of The Band, and of Levon Helm in particular. However, I'd never been bowled over by Bob Dylan, except as a songwriter, so much of The Band's work remained unknown to me as well. I wouldn't say I've become a rabid fan, but I am much more interested in their work, now.

It's a Scorsese film--how could it not be beautifully photographed, but Scorsese managed a difficult feat: he keeps himself out of the movie, except as interviewer during those sequences. This is not really Scorese's vision of a rock concert. It happened mostly organically, certainly with mistakes, gaffes and grit. This is part of its charm.

There are better singers than the guys in The Band, but few better musicians. This can be illustrated with Robbie Robertson in the Clapton song: Clapton's guitar strap comes off and Robertson, with one beat, picks right up on the solo. It looked planned, but wasn't. Joni Mitchell was notoriously hard to back up, due to her original guitar tuning, and ragged song phrasing, but bassist Rick Danko fills in every space with intricate bass figuring.

Perhaps we have become too accustomed to the overwrought, over-hyped, overproduced, overexposed, shiny gack that passes for popular music to appreciate the raw, the imperfect, the sheer humanness of this music. Scorsese shows it all. The guys in The Band were largely worn out and sometimes strung out in the interviews. They are tired, scrawny, empty-eyed from the excesses of the road. Rick Danko is hovering on the ragged edge, as his band is dissolved, and he says his goal is to "keep busy." Richard Manuel looks lost as he says "I just want to break even." These are two musicians who desperately needed the music, but who were murdered by the road. We see their bleak destinies in their eyes in this film.

It is bittersweet certainly, but also a moment in time, crystallized into something great by the music, the love of friends, the willingness of the director to simply stand back and allow the music to happen. It also reminds us what good music used to sound like and makes me wish could exist again.

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