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Taking Woodstock (2009)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
British Gentleman
Jackson Spiers
Lee Wong ...
George the Doorman (as Takeo Lee Wong)
Bette Henritze ...
Gail Martino ...
Town Clerk


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


"A Generation Began In His Backyard."


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu em Woodstock  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to The Washington Post, screenwriter and producer James Schamus told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival that the biggest challenge in casting extras for the film was to find people "who were not working out all the time, and who still had pubic hair." See more »


Arlo Guthrie was heard singing "Coming Into Los Angeles" in daylight. When the 1969 Woodstock concert first took place, Arlo came on stage at midnight right after Melanie. See more »


Vilma: You should see what I'm packing up here.
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References Sweet Charity (1969) See more »


Can't Find My Way Home
Written by Steve Winwood
Performed by Steve Winwood
Courtesy of Wincraft Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

Highly Entertaining
30 August 2009 | by (Des Moines, Iowa) – See all my reviews

Taking Woodstock is a hilarious film, beautifully photographed and filled with performances that capture the idealism of the '60s. Ang Lee does a masterful job capturing the madness and chaos associated with trying to stage a major rock festival in a rural community, even to the point of borrowing split-screen techniques from the Woodstock documentary.

Demetri Martin plays Elliot Tiber (Teichberg) and does a fine job as the son torn between independence and duty to his aging parents, Imelda Staunton and Henry Goodman (five-star performances by both). Eugene Levy plays the shrewd Max Yasgur with a twinkle in his eye, and Liev Schrieber is unforgettable as the ex-Marine and transvestite who provides security for the Teichberg family's motel.

Taking Woodstock is a highly entertaining movie.

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