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The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Danko ...
Himself - The Band
Himself - The Band
Garth Hudson ...
Himself - The Band
Richard Manuel ...
Himself - The Band
Himself - The Band
Herself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Delaney Bramlett ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Ben Benay ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Sam Clayton ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Jim Gordon ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Kenny Gradney ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends / Interviewee
Jerry Jumonville ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Darrell Leonard ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Frank Maize ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Chuck Morgan ...
Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends


In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed. Written by Anonymous

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Festival Express... The longest party in rock-n-roll history.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 April 2004 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Fesztivál Expressz  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,074 (USA) (23 July 2004)


$1,172,345 (USA) (12 November 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote the song "Might As Well" about the Festival Express train trip. This song, performed over the years by Grateful Dead, has lots of lyrics referencing this trip: "Long train running from coast to coast/bringing long the party where they need it the most" and "Never had such a good time/in my life before/I'd like to have it one time more/One good ride from start to end/I'd like to take that ride again." See more »


Referenced in Gilmore Girls: A House Is Not a Home (2005) See more »


Don't Ease Me In
Performed by Grateful Dead (as Grateful Dead)
Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead (as Grateful Dead)
Published by Ice Nine Publishing Company, Inc.
Grateful Dead appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
under exclusive license from Warner Strategic Marketing
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See the film and take an amazing ride back to the 60's.
14 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I recommend this film not only because I am a fan of most of the people that gave performances, but the creator of the film captured footage of the performers that was exceptionally good. The "young" Grateful Dead gave a tighter performance than I had ever seen them perform live. "The Band" also surprised me. They performed very well and they too seemed tighter than when I saw them live 30-plus years ago. However, Janis stole the show. She was wonderful! You must see the movie just for her performances alone. What a trip! The in between shots of all the musicians riding on the train was fun and full of energy and a real bonus to the film (the concert footage was enough to bring me in to see the movie). If you are a fan of the 60's and you enjoy Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, you must see this film. The only time I felt disappointed was when the movie ended. I could easily have watched two or three more hours of concert footage.

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