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


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  (in credits order)
Rick Danko ... Himself - The Band

Levon Helm ... Himself - The Band
Garth Hudson ... Himself - The Band
Richard Manuel ... Himself - The Band

Robbie Robertson ... Himself - The Band
Bonnie Bramlett ... 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
Mike Clarke ... Himself - The Flying Burrito Brothers (as Michael Clarke)
Chris Hillman ... Himself - The Flying Burrito Brothers
Pete Kleinow ... Himself - The Flying Burrito Brothers (as Sneaky Pete Kleinow)
Bernie Leadon ... Himself - The Flying Burrito Brothers

Jerry Garcia ... Himself - Grateful Dead

Mickey Hart ... Himself - Grateful Dead / Interviewee
Bill Kreutzmann ... Himself - Grateful Dead (as Bill Kreutzman)
Phil Lesh ... Himself - Grateful Dead / Interviewee
Ron McKernan ... Himself - Grateful Dead (as Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan)

Bob Weir ... Himself - Grateful Dead / Interviewee

Buddy Guy ... Himself - Buddy Guy Blues Band / Interviewee
Phil Guy ... Himself - Buddy Guy Blues Band
Leroy Stewart ... Himself - Buddy Guy Blues Band
A.C. Reed ... Himself - Buddy Guy Blues Band
Roosevelt 'Snake' Shaw ... Himself - Buddy Guy Blues Band
Ian Tyson ... Himself - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird
Sylvia Tyson ... Herself - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird / Interviewee
Buddy Cage ... Himself - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird
Jim Colegrove ... Himself - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird
Amos Garrett ... Himself - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird
N.D. Smart ... Himself - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird
Richard Bell ... Himself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band / Interviewee
Brad Campbell ... Himself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band

Janis Joplin ... Herself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
Ken Pearson ... Himself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band / Interviewee
Clark Pierson ... Himself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band
John Till ... Himself - Janis Joplin & The Full Tilt Boogie Band / Interviewee
Rayburn Blake ... Himself - Mashmakhan
Brian Edwards ... Himself - Mashmakhan
Jerry Mercer ... Himself - Mashmakhan / Interviewee
Pierre Sénécal ... Himself - Mashmakhan (as Pierre Senecal)
Donald 'Donny' York ... Himself - Sha Na Na (as Donny Yorke)
Jocko Marcellino ... Himself - Sha Na Na
'Screamin' Scott' Simon ... Himself - Sha Na Na (as Screamin' Scott Simon)
Lennie Baker ... Himself - Sha Na Na
Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman ... Himself - Sha Na Na (as Jon Bauman)
Elliot Cahn ... Himself - Sha Na Na
Bruce Clarke ... Himself - Sha Na Na
Frederick 'Dennis' Greene ... Himself - Sha Na Na (as Denny Greene)
Larry Packer ... Himself - Sha Na Na (as Larry Israel Packer)
Richard T. Joffe ... Himself - Sha Na Na (as Richard Joffe)
Scott Powell ... Himself - Sha Na Na
Eric Andersen ... Himself - Interviewee
Rob Bowman ... Himself - Interviewee
James Cullingham ... Himself - Interviewee
David Dalton ... Himself - Interviewee
Ken Walker ... Himself - Interviewee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Band ... Themselves
The Grateful Dead ... Themselves
Sha-Na-Na ... Themselves
Leslie West ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Smeaton 
Frank Cvitanovich (original footage)
Produced by
Ann Carli .... executive producer
Garth Douglas .... executive producer
Nick Faulks .... associate producer
Stephan Mallmann .... co-executive producer
Nick O'Hagan .... co-producer
Gavin Poolman .... producer
Willem Poolman .... executive producer
Willem Poolman .... producer: original footage
Peter Shukat .... co-executive producer
John D. Trapman .... producer (as John Trapman)
Thierry Wase-Bailey .... co-executive producer
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
Bob Fiore (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eamonn Power 
Production Management
Sally Clayton .... digital post-production supervisor
F.R. Crawley .... production manager: original footage (as Budge Crawley)
Nellie Medina .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Cvitanovich .... second unit director: original 1970 footage
Sound Department
Nick Baldock .... assistant sound editor
Peter Baldock .... supervising sound editor
Paul Byrne .... sound syncing
Michael A. Carter .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Cooke .... film sound recordist (1970)
Paul Cotterell .... sound re-recording mixer
Niley Duke .... sound recordist: original footage
Redmond Fitzpatrick .... sadie operator: Windmill Lane Pictures
Redmond Fitzpatrick .... synchronization: Windmill Lane Pictures
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Blair Jollands .... sound editor
Ken Lee .... sound recordist: Canada
Steve Onopa .... sound recordist (as Steven Onopa)
Kevin Phelan .... head of post-production: Lip Sync Post London
Stuart Wilson .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Viv Baker .... Inferno artist
Mitch Paulson .... digital preview colorist
Safiya Ravat .... combustion artist
Tom Russell .... senior colourist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Barber .... camera assistant
Bob Buchanan .... camera assistant: original footage
Jackie Burroughs .... camera assistant: original footage
Doug Cameron .... grip: original footage
John Denniston .... camera assistant
Jon Fontana .... gaffer
Jon Fontana .... grip
Stewart Hadley .... gaffer
Stewart Hadley .... grip
Doug Hall .... camera engineer
Steven Hall .... camera operator
John Hilton-Smith .... camera assistant: original footage
Barbara Jarvis .... camera assistant: original footage
John Kiffmeyer .... gaffer
John Kiffmeyer .... grip
Anne Knox .... camera assistant: original footage
Paul Lang .... camera assistant: original footage
Clarke Mackey .... camera operator: original footage (as Clarke MacKey)
Nello Manbodh .... grip: original footage
Ted McClelland .... camera operator: original footage (as Ted McLelland)
Dennis Miller .... camera operator: original footage
Andy Newall .... camera assistant
Ricardo Sarmiento .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Layla Blackman .... post-production coordinator (as Layla Evans)
Erika Brüning .... film recording supervisor (as Erika Bruning)
Giles Burgess .... first assistant film editor
Mark Elliott .... assembly editor: original footage
Nigel Horn .... laboratory contact
David Maltby .... assembly editor: original footage
Liz Murphy .... head of post-production: Windmill Lane Pictures
Tom Russell .... senior colorist
Rod Shelton .... digital post-production producer
Laurent Treherne .... editing technical supervisor
Gerard Ward .... telecine operator: Windmill Lane Pictures
Music Department
Alex Andronache .... music studio manager: Metalworks Studios
Ian Bodzasi .... assistant music mixing engineer: Metalworks Studios
Alan Douglas .... assistant music mixing engineer: Olympic Studios
Tony Drootin .... director of audio operations: Sony Music Studios
Rita Hage-Boutros .... assistant: Tony Drootin, Sony Music Studios
Bob Irwin .... music researcher: Janis Joplin tapes, Sony Music Studios
Bob Irwin .... music transfer: Sony Music Studios
Martin Jensen .... music editor
Matt Kelly .... musical archivist: Sony Music Studios
Eddie Kramer .... music mixer
Joe Lizzi .... music mixing engineer: Sony Music Studios
Raine Munroe .... music studio manager: Metalworks Studios
Siobhan Paine .... music studio manager: Olympic Studios
Geoffrey Rice .... assistant music mixing engineer: Sony Music Studios
Mark Rinaldi .... assistant music mixing engineer: Sony Music Studios
Peter Shukat .... music clearances
David Swope .... assistant music mixing engineer: Sony Music Studios
Garret Titus .... music studio runner: Metalworks Studios
Eric Weissman .... music publishing clearances
L. Stu Young .... music transfer: Metalworks Studios
Other crew
Bambi Applebaum .... continuity: original footage
Jason Carpenter .... production assistant (as Jason 'Frisbee Golf' Carpenter)
James Cullingham .... story consultant
Cor Hellingman .... legal services
Lisa Jordan .... project manager: Lipsync Post
Eddie Kane .... production accountant
Elizabeth Klaviter .... assistant: Ann Carli
Nellie Medina .... production coordinator: NYC
Patrick Nicholas .... production assistant
Alex O'Donoghue .... production runner
Fraser Paterson .... production assistant
Abigail Payne .... legal services
Caroline Perjesi .... production coordinator
Roger Phillips .... title designer
Louise Prince .... legal services
John Rotstein .... archivist
John Rotstein .... researcher
Martin R. Smith .... production associate
Jos Van Bekhoven .... accountancy services
Ken Walker .... promoter: original concerts
Tim Haslam .... Worldwide sales (uncredited)
Mark Aarons .... special thanks
Robbert Becker .... thanks
Mark Beilby .... thanks
Rayburn Blake .... thanks
Willem Boegem .... special thanks
Peter Brady .... thanks
Dennis Brinke .... special thanks
Chips Chipperfield .... thanks
Martin Clarke .... thanks
Michael Crawley .... thanks
Fred Dalley .... special thanks
Eric Doney .... special thanks
Jos Dreesens .... special thanks
Joe Dunphy .... thanks
Michael Eaton .... thanks
Thor Eaton .... very special thanks
Nick Faulks .... special thanks
Zelida Gordon .... thanks
Steph Green .... thanks
Paul Hamblin .... thanks
Lawrence Harper .... thanks
Jaap Hoff .... special thanks
Rienk Hoff .... special thanks
Gary Howsam .... thanks
Bomber Hurley-Smith .... special editing thanks to
Jeff Jones .... thanks
Tim Jones .... thanks
Laura Joplin .... special thanks
Nick Kaminecki .... thanks
Ad Klinkenberg .... special thanks
Jeremy Laws .... thanks
David Lemieux .... thanks
Doug Lindsay .... special thanks
Midge Mackenzie .... special thanks: Mohawk Productions, London
David Maltby .... thanks
Henri Mathon .... special thanks
John McDermott .... thanks
Dennis McNally .... special thanks
Gil Moore .... thanks
Peter Moses .... special thanks
Nick Nouwen .... thanks
Bill O'Farrell Jr. .... very special thanks
Ian Parker .... thanks
Glen Phillips .... thanks
Jeff Plunkett .... special thanks
Wes Pritchett .... special thanks
Robbie Robertson .... special thanks
Tony Rose .... thanks
Michiel Scholten .... special thanks
Cameron Sears .... special thanks
Alvin Stroyny .... special thanks
Kevin Sullivan .... special thanks
Yoni Tabac .... special thanks
Henk Talsma .... special thanks
Chris Taylor .... special thanks
Jeremy Thomas .... special thanks
Jan-Willem van den Dorpel .... special thanks
Frank Van Nieuwburg .... special thanks
Ken Walker .... very special thanks
Paul White .... special thanks
Dave Williams .... very special thanks
Steve Yeung .... special thanks

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Rated R for some language
UK:90 min | USA:90 min
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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 »
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A singularly unique experience in the annals of rock n'roll!, 30 August 2004
Author: tarryrob from Canada

I live in Winnipeg and unfortunately missed FESTIVAL EXPRESS when it rolled through back in 1970. I opted instead to go to Winnipeg's other huge ticket that summer - Manpop - which featured Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly and the Youngbloods as headliners. I've always remembered Festival Express as a golden opportunity missed - but being only sixteen years old with limited funds - I was forced to live with the consequences of a tough choice.

Seeing the film "Festival Express" isn't quite like being there in person, but it's the next best thing! For young folks who weren't even born in 1970, it's a chance to see Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band, the Fly Burrito Bros, Buddy Guy, Ian & Sylvia, et al... in their prime and find out what the buzz was all about. Janis and Jerry Garcia are in particularly great voice. Janis gives a gut wrenchingly poignant performance, particularly during "Cry Baby". I'm not sure what brought the tears to my eyes, her greatness or the knowledge that she would leave us just a few short months after that performance (followed later by the tragic death's of the Dead's drummer "Pigpen" & guitarist/singer Jerry Garcia and the Band's piano player Richard Manuel & bassist Rick Danko)

The concert footage of Janis and the Dead alone justify the film's admission price. My biggest gripe was that there should have been far more concert footage included. However, a local newspaper writeup mentioned that much of the concert footage was non-usable (bad sound, out of focus cameras, sound/no pix, pix/no sound....). It was so bad apparently - the fact that anything remotely resembling a cohesive film was wrought from the mounds of botched footage was nothing short of minor miracle! Don't get me wrong - the behind the scenes footage of the band partying and jamming stand on their own merit. Jerry Garcia pops up jamming on stage and off with everyone from Ian & Sylvia and the Great Speckled Bird (on stage in Calgary) to the Band's Rick Danko (on the train along with Janis - quite schwacked - hilarious!) Shots of protesters bitching about "the pigs" and high admissions prices (Fourteen dollars - how outrageous!)are also good for a chuckle and help capture the flavour of the period.

"Festival Express'" split screen camera techniques, the documentary style narrative and band lineups are bound to invite comparisons to the movie "Woodstock." I believe the camera techniques and documentary style are intended to help recapture the time period and mood rather than to ripoff "Woodstock." Further, neither Janis', the Dead's nor the Band's Woodstock performances made it into the original "Woodstock" movie. The experience of trucking a load of monstrously talented - notoriously hard partying rock n'rollers across Canada in a train with a well stocked bar, guitar amps, and a drum kit while the cameras rolled is singularly unique in the annals of rock n'roll - so is this film! Check it out!!

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