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31 May 1972 (France) See more »
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The Greatest Concert of the Decade! Now you can see it and hear it...as if you were there !
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The first benefit rock concert when major musicians performed to raise humanitarian relief funds for the refugees of Bangladesh of 1971 war. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A fantastic concert See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

George Harrison ... Himself

Bob Dylan ... Himself

Ravi Shankar ... Himself

Ringo Starr ... Himself

Eric Clapton ... Himself

Leon Russell ... Himself

Billy Preston ... Himself

Klaus Voormann ... Himself
Jim Keltner ... Himself
Pete Ham ... Himself (as Badfinger)
Tom Evans ... Himself (as Badfinger)
Mike Gibbins ... Himself (as Badfinger)
Joey Molland ... Himself (as Badfinger)
Jesse Ed Davis ... Himself
Jim Horn ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Beutler ... Himself
Kamala Chakravarty ... Herself
Chuck Finley ... Himself
Jeany Greene ... Herself
Marlin Greene ... Herself
Dolores Hall ... Herself
Jacky Kelso ... Himself
Ustad Aliakbar Khan ... Himself
Claudia Lennear ... Herself
Lew McCreary ... Himself (as Lou McCreary)
Ollie Mitchell ... Himself
Don Nix ... Himself
Don Preston ... Himself
Carl Radle ... Himself
Alla Rakha ... Himself
Mal Evans ... Himself (uncredited)
Allen Klein ... Himself (uncredited)

Phil Spector ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Saul Swimmer 
 
Produced by
George Harrison .... producer
Allen Klein .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Richard E. Brooks 
 
Production Management
Steve Bono .... production manager
 
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C. Robert Fine .... sound mixer
 

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Eric Clapton missed rehearsals, because he was suffering from heroin withdrawal the week of the show. His performance was described by some critics as "well below par". Also this was one of Clapton's last appearances for two years as he battled his addiction.See more »
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Continuity: In between 'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'Just Like a Woman', Bob Dylan attaches his capo to the second fret of his guitar. George Harrison then leans over to speak to Leon Russell, but immediately in the next shot, Dylan's guitar is capoed on the fourth fret and George is back in his regular position. (This is most likely due to the deletion of another Dylan song, 'Mr. Tambourine Man', which was played with a capo on the 2nd fret and is included on the film's soundtrack album.)See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic concert, 10 May 2006
Author: Baldrick44 from Brisbane, Australia

This is the first large-scale benefit gig of its kind ever attempted in the world and there are many things about it that set it apart from Live Aid and Live 8- both great events in their own right but different. The Concert for Bangladesh has a much more intimate feel, and it seems to grasp the optimism of the 1960s at a time when the optimism seemed to be dying out. The atmosphere is also more of a band atmosphere, rather heaps of bands one after the other, which I prefer. In fact, in many ways it would be preferable to compare this to the Last Waltz- another live show with a continuous band with guests coming on and off.

But to say that this has a 'band' atmosphere doesn't do justice to the musicians who turned up at the last minute to perform- Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar as well as Geoge Harrisson all lend their talents to the cause and make it a truly unforgettable night.

Highlights are many, and if anything it's the tightness of the concert that makes it so good. If Live Aid and Live 8 have a fault it is that it has a few songs ( and bands ) that lie in the periphery of mediocrity. The Concert for Bangladesh though is a tight 100 minute set with the best of George Harrisson's songwriting there for all to see.

Overall the concert for Bangladesh gives the quiet Beatle the chance to really strut his stuff for a good cause, and as he jams with Clapton on While my Guitar Gently Weeps or reassures with Here Comes the Sun or is pouring his heart out with Something or is singing with Dylan on Just Like a Woman or is writing a real protest song in Bangla Desh it makes you wonder if he was really given his due in the Fab Four.

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