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Festival Express (2003)

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Danko ...
Himself - The Band
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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
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Storyline

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.


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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29 April 2004 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Fesztivál Expressz  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

There were two bands, Traffic and Ten Years After, that were on the Festival Express tour but are not seen in the movie. The producers of the film could not get the musical rights. See more »


Soundtracks

Cry Baby
Performed by Janis Joplin
Written by Bert Berns (as B. Berns) and Jerry Ragovoy (as J. Ragovoy)
Published by EMI Music Publishing, Sloopy II Music, Bert Russell Music, Sony/ ATV Songs LLC.
Janis Joplin appears courtesy of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
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22 November 2004 | by (Narrowsburg, NY) – See all my reviews

I'm a little baffled by some of the comments here regarding the film making style or skill in this film. I watched the film to see Janis and the Grateful Dead and The Band -- happy, young, and exuberant, and that's exactly what I got. I even liked the footage of the promoter talking about the festival and the issues with the crowds.

ANYWAY... I recommend the DVD over the theatrical release, since everyone here seems to mention that they want to see more musical performances, and the DVD delivers. There are two DVD disks -- the movie disk and the extras disk. On the MOVIE disk, go to the menu and select "extras" and there are a dozen additional music performances from Janis, the Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, and others. (I hear that the extras disk contains interviews with the director, but I haven't seen it). Enjoy!


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