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Taking Woodstock (2009)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  28 August 2009 (USA)
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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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British Gentleman
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Jackson Spiers
Lee Wong ...
George the Doorman (as Takeo 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"A Generation Began In His Backyard."

Genres:

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

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

No authentic Woodstock footage was inserted into the film. According to director Ang Lee all the crowd and concert footage was shot specifically for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Elliott returns to the motel after sliding/playing in the mud, his clothes are clean and dry. See more »

Quotes

[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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References True Grit (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful People
Written by Melanie (as Melanie Safka)
Performed by Melanie
Courtesy of Buddah Records and The RCA/Jive Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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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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