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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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Lee Wong ...
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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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"A Generation Began In His Backyard."


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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)  »

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Aconteceu em Woodstock  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,457,760 (USA) (30 August 2009)

Gross:

$7,443,007 (USA) (27 September 2009)
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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 »

Goofs

In at least a couple of scenes with Elliott walking around the side of the hotel, you can clearly see a NID or Telephone Network Box. Almost everyone has them on the side of their houses now, but these weren't in use until many years later. See more »

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Sonia Teichberg: No stchupping in the bushes!
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References True Grit (1969) See more »

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No Escape
Written by Sky Saxon, Jimmy Lawrence and Jan Larson
Performed by The Seeds
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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