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Taking Woodstock (2009)

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

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British Gentleman
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Jackson Spiers
Lee Wong ...
George the Doorman (as Takeo Lee Wong)
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Esther
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Dave
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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"A Generation Began In His Backyard."

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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28 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu em Woodstock  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,457,760 (USA) (28 August 2009)

Gross:

$7,443,007 (USA) (25 September 2009)
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Trivia

The guitarist and white percussionist (playing an udu) in the El Monaco Bar Band during the limbo scene are members of the funk/folk band Flearoy. See more »

Goofs

When Mike and Tisha first arrive at the El Monaco, Tisha is carrying her dog in a tote bag, but as they are walking around checking out the property, she's carrying the dog in her arms and the handbag is gone. See more »

Quotes

Vilma: You should see what I'm packing up here.
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Connections

References Topaz (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Telephone
Written by Arthur Lee
Performed by Love
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A personal story
30 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taking Woodstock is a personal story about a young man finding himself at a time when his generation was trying to do that throughout the world. It is not a "docudrama" about the event, so people expecting to relive the Woodstock festival, take note. Elliot's struggles and evolution through this unique event are another of Ang Lee's wonderfully textured allegories. That this fellow raised in China can so pointedly create the full emotional spectrum of the "youth movement" of that time is a testament to his artistry. This movie takes on a series of serious ideas with a light flair. Go in prepared to "go with the flow" and you'll leave feeling free, man.


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