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Sweetwater (1999)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  15 August 1999 (USA)
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In 1969, the rock band Sweetwater led by lead singer Nansi Nevins opened Woodstock and subsequently received considerable media attention, appearing on a number of television shows. However... See full summary »

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Cami Carlson
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Alex Del Zoppo
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Fred Herrera
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Mrs. Nevins
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Ian
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Todd Badham
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Alex (present day)
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Alan Malarowitz
Peter Williams ...
Albert Moore
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Jorge (as Zak Alam)
John Burgess-Murray ...
August Burns
Mark Murphy ...
Benny Hartman
Ingrid Tesch ...
Mary Nevins
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In 1969, the rock band Sweetwater led by lead singer Nansi Nevins opened Woodstock and subsequently received considerable media attention, appearing on a number of television shows. However, just as they appeared to be receiving a really lucky break, they just disappeared. Thirty years later, a cable television reporter for MIX-TV, a musical station, is removed from her show because of being stoned on the air. Her station gives her a choice of being dismissed or investigating what happened to Sweetwater. A blending of modern day fiction and past fact is then blended in this biographical story. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A True Rock Story

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for drug and alcohol abuse | See all certifications »
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This film erroneously claims several times that Sweetwater opened the 1969 Woodstock Festival. In truth, Sweetwater was the second act on the bill, after actual opener Richie Havens, but they were the first band to play. See more »

Quotes

Alex: [In Alex's garage all these years later] You looking for a band?
Nancy Nevins: You looking for a singer?
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Written by Sweetwater
Performed by Amy Jo Johnson
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Not too bad, for a TV-movie...
16 August 1999 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

Usually, made-for-TV movies turn out to be simply filler, without much substance. Not so in the case of Sweetwater, a film about the first group to perform at Woodstock, and then never heard from since. Amy Jo Johnson turns in a very impressive performance as Nansi, the band's lead singer, who suffers an agonizing blow to her career after a near-fatal car accident which scarred her vocal chords. The movie shows the height of her fame (Woodstock), and then the tragic crash and burn of a singer who refused to give up her life as a singer, until she almost lost her life to booze and destitution. The movie was pretty powerful emotionally, and VH-1 did a great job by following up the movie with a "behind the scenes" look at the real performers of the group, in a "where are they now" kind of format. The one thing I would've liked to see in the movie would have been a showcase of more of Sweetwater's songs. Unfortunately, the predominant song throughout the movie was "Motherless Child", which started to get on my nerves by the time the movie ended. But, all in all, a decent movie - one that VH-1 should be proud of.


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