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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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I Am Still In Awe, 14 January 2001
Author: kakkarot from San Fransisco, CA

Finishing this film was like finishing the Song Remains the Same for the first time, the performance is emotionally draining and amazing, and you just want to crawl into bed and sleep for 12 hours.

Other than being one of the best Who concerts I've seen, it is also one of the best of the 70's (1970; Isle of Wight). All the performances at the festival were good, especially the Band of Gypsies (Hendrix) and Ten Years After, but the Who performance is without a doubt the best.

Although the concert isn't long, it seems like forever. The concert starts off with the best version of 'Heaven and Hell,' then eases into most of the Live at Leeds songs (Shakin' All Over, Summertime Blues). They also showcase a new song, 'I Don't Even Know Myself,' which showed up a year later on their landmark and arguably their best record, 'Who's Next.' I love how they perform most of the first half of the performance with a 'Water' medley. 'Water' is an indisposable Who track live and is not held back here.

The second half of the performance starts with Pete Townshend asking the audience for silence so they can perform their classic 'Tommy'. Most of the songs from 'Tommy' are featured here. They perform live renditions of the songs with more intensity than is featured on the record, which is rare, seeing as most live performances are inferior to the studio tracks. I would even dare to say that the live 'Tommy' here is better than the 'studio 'Tommy.'' The performance ends with 'See Me, Feel Me' (the 'listening to you' part) that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. It repeats on and on and gains in energy every time. The Who are nothing short of amazing.

The video and DVD release sound and look so great. I am fortunate that it was released to such superior mastering (or is it re-mastering?). If you look to see a Who concert, let this be the first, and maybe even the last. (Note: Play this one loud as intended.)

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