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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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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  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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

The limousine that Michael Lang and company ride off in after their initial visit to the Teichbergs is a 1970 Cadillac, first introduced in September of 1969. The film takes place in July/August of 1969. See more »

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VW Guy: Like ants making thunder.
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Referenced in Tosh.0: The Naked Wizard (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by Tim Hardin
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Enjoyable but music is missing
17 October 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie being very attracted by the trailer which seemed to offer fun and deep involvement. Now I have seen it, and I can say that it is enjoyable, but not fully convincing. Obviously, Ang Lee drifts attention from the concerts and the music of those three epic days in 1969 to focus on the personal story of a young man and his odd family who worked and lived in the background of this great event. The characters are engaging, very well interpreted, but in the end I missed the real protagonist, music, being it the powerful means through which these young people gave voice to their need for change and revolution and which was revolutionary, indeed. The atmosphere of those days is rendered vividly, we get many physical perceptions, of naked bodies, mud, rain, sun, but not acoustic ones, and I perceived this as a flaw throughout the movie. In the end you ask yourself: wasn't Woodstock mainly a three-day concert? Where is music? The movie is solidly directed, the director knows perfectly what kind of product he wants to offer, and in the end we get fun and reflection around, but never inside an event, which never comes to be explicit. Very good actorial interpretations (Imelda Staunton playing the mother is simply wonderful), although the characters themselves appear to be looking for a soundtrack which lacks till the end.


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