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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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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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This is the second film to feature Liev Schreiber that concerned itself with Woodstock, the Catskills and the summer of '69. The first was A Walk on the Moon (1999). See more »


Billy talks about beating Monticello High School and catching 3 touchdown passes. Monticello High School had no football team at that time nor did it have one for decades prior to the festival. Also, if Billy was from White Lake or Bethel, he would have attended Monticello High School and would not have been playing against them. See more »


[the Chamber of Commerce discussing tourism ideas]
Frank: Well, okay. We got a lot of dairy farms around here, right? And a fair number of bulls. Okay, you've all heard of the running of the bulls in that town in Spain, Pampoona.
Elliot Tiber: Pamplona.
Frank: Well, no one's doing one in the Catskills. Seems to be a big draw over there.
Annie: It would be very amusing to see all those Jews from Levitsky's summer colony, you know, the ones with the black top hats and the curls, running for their lives chased by our local livestock...
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No Love, No Nothin'
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Judy Garland
Published by Leo Feist Inc.
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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