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3 November 1998 (USA) See more »
This is the film of The Who's appearance at the third (and final) Isle of Wight festival in 1970. This is regarded as the band's finest performance. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)

John Entwistle ... Himself (The Who)

Keith Moon ... Himself (The Who)

Pete Townshend ... Himself (The Who)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricki Farr ... Himself

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Kris Kristofferson ... Himself
Taste ... Themselves

Directed by
Murray Lerner 
Produced by
Bill Curbishley .... executive producer
Murray Lerner .... producer
Robert Rosenberg .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Greg Sheldon 
Einar Westerlund 
Sound Department
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer: Sync Sound
Bob Nadkarni .... sound mixer
Ray Palagy .... sound editor
Ivan Sharrock .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Carchrae .... camera operator
Jack Hazan .... camera operator
Nicholas D. Knowland .... camera operator (as Nic Knowland)
Norman G. Langley .... camera operator
Murray Lerner .... camera operator
Richard Stanley .... camera operator
Charles Stewart .... camera operator
Mike Whittaker .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Benjamin Darling .... assistant editor
Tim Masick .... colorist
Mike Nuget .... on-line editor
Scot Olive .... colorist
Bobby Thomas .... colorist
Jay Tilin .... on-line editor: The Tape House
Jerome Wallin .... assistant editor (as Jerome M. Wallin)

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85 min
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During The Who's performance, Pete Townshend makes a comment about "foreigners" coming in and causing problems. Earlier that weekend, a group of French anarchists tried to storm the festival and tear down the iron fence that surrounded the stage area.See more »
[first lines]
Stage Announcer:Ladies and gentlemen, a nice rock 'n roll band from Shepherd's Bush, London... The Who!
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Medley: Shakin' All Over / Spoonful / Twist And ShoutSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Still Listening., 19 October 2005
Author: Cinema_Fan from An English Shire.

This review is dedicated to the late Keith Moon and John Entwistle.

The Original Drum and Bass.

There seems to be very little early Who footage around these days, if there is more then lets be 'aving it, now-a-days it tends to be of a very different kind of Who altogether, a parody, a shadow of their (much) better years. To be fair, not one of them has to prove anything to anyone anymore, they've earned their respect and with overtime.

This concert footage for me is one of their best. To command an audience of around a 400,000 plus strong crowed takes skill, charisma, wit and a whole lot of bloody good music.

We all know of the other acts on the bill, The Doors (their last ever show weeks before Jim Morrison died), Moody Blues, Hendrix, Taste, Free and many more. The point being that whoever were there it was The Who that the majority had come to see. This show was one year after the Great Hippie Fest of the 1960's; Woodstock. The film and record had come out and so had The Who's greatest work to date, Tommy. The ever hungry crowd wanted a taste, to be able to experience their own unique event, to be able to "Grove and Love" in the knowledge that this gig was their own. To do this you needed the best of what Rock 'n Roll had to throw at the hungrily baited crowd.

At two 'o clock in the morning in late August 1970 the M.C. announces, "Ladies and Gentlemen, a small Rock 'n Roll band from Shepherds Bush London, the 'OO".

John Entwistle's body suit is of black leather, on the front is the out line of a human skeleton from neck to toe, Roger dressed in his traditional stage outfit of long tassel's and long flowing hair, Keith in a white t-shirt and jeans, as Pete had his white boiler suit and Doc Martins that he'd preferred to wear.

The Who never stopped their onslaught of High Energy Rock for over two hours, performing theirs and other artists' greatest tracks such as Young Man Blues, Shaking' all Over, and then as on queue, Keith baiting the crowed to "Shut up, it's a bleeding Opera" with Tommy, the Rock Opera. The crowed went wild. This is what they had come to hear, and the Who didn't disappoint, straight into Overture and never coming up for air until the final note of "Tommy can you Hear me?" Amazing.

To capture a show of this magnitude of a band of this stature at their peak at a Festival that was to be the last of its kind anywhere in the World was a fantastic piece of Cinematic History.

The English DVD only comes in a soundtrack of English/Linear PCM Stereo, were as in the States, I think, you can get it with 5.1 at least, "Check local press for details…" on that, okay.

The duration of the DVD is 85 minutes with no extras, which is a disappointment. Yes, for a slice of Rock and Festival History this DVD would send you in a nostalgia trip down memory lane the moment you press play, for some of the best Who concert footage as it was meant to be, Live, Raw and in your Face!

I would have given this DVD ten if it wasn't for the lack of 5.1, and some extras would have been nice.

Thanks Roger, Pete, John and Keith.

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