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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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Bette Henritze ...
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Town Clerk
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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.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu em Woodstock  »

Box Office

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$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

One of the songs played during the end credits, is Freedom by Richie Heaven. The song Freedom was the first song that performed at the actual Woodstock festival. See more »

Goofs

Elliot says that he can sense his mother's thanks by the way she looks at him with only her left eye. He demonstrates using his right eye. See more »

Quotes

[Elliot is spreading the white bedsheets into a giant X on the lawn to flag down Michael Lang's helicopter]
Sonia Teichberg: Elli! What is this with the sheets?
Elliot Tiber: What does it look like? I'm making a big cross on the lawn!
Sonia Teichberg: With the clean sheets? Jake, our boy's gone crazy! Making a Ku Klux Klan rally on our property!
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Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: The Naked Wizard (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Wispy Paisley Skies
Written by Warren Klein
Performed by Fraternity of Men
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Captures the Spirit of Woodstock in a Unique Way
26 August 2009 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

From reading some of the other comments it sounds like most people that are disappointed in this film were mainly put off due to their expectations for a film that focuses on the music.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I loved the unique focus on the small town that hosted the festival and how it affected all of their lives. I believe it was a great way to really capture the vibe of Woodstock without getting too rapt up in the actual musicians that were playing, which to me has been focused on enough over the years.

If you have been to a multiple day festival before you will have a wonderful sense of nostalgia. This movie completely captures how amazing people can be when they remove themselves from the hum drum monotony of their day to day lives and get together with like minded strangers for a few days of complete freedom and joy.

A great feel good movie with a lot of veiled depth about the people that helped make Woodstock one of the most famous events the world has known.


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