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Taking Woodstock (2009)

 -  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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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."

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,457,760 (USA) (28 August 2009)

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$7,443,007 (USA) (25 September 2009)
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Although no actual Woodstock footage was used, the movie included re-enacted scenes of the original Woodstock movie being made as background to the action. Two examples are the film crew on the road to the festival getting the walking nuns to flash the peace sign and the toilet-cleaning "Port-O-San" man being interviewed. See more »

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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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[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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Can't Find My Way Home
Written by Steve Winwood
Performed by Steve Winwood
Courtesy of Wincraft Music, Inc.
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I worshiped the youth culture from afar in the late sixties. I was too young to participate but did my best to disrupt jr. high assemblies with the Fish cheer. I didn't know about the Woodstock Festival until two weeks after it occurred, and I remember how much I hated being oppressed by a traditional establishment patriarchy who wouldn't even drive me across town to an anti-war demonstration. When I finally saw the documentary the following year, I knew I had missed something that was epic and iconic. (Big sigh...)

I had been looking forward to "Taking Woodstock" since I first read that it was in production. I was particularly eager to see Demetri Martin in a starring role; I've admired him for some time. I've also spent quality time in the Catskills--I love that part of the country. Lee's film certainly captures the beauty of White Lake, and generally recreates the groove and vibe of a specific time and place, but the narrative seemed somehow disjointed (unintentional pun) There seemed to be too many empty moments substituting for poignancy, and undeveloped stories that might have added a bit more depth to Lee's tale.

Demetri Martin as Eliot Teber, was adorable but I was frustrated by his poker face (something that makes his stage comedy hilarious). I enjoyed Liev Schreiber whose drag was not only believable, but also compelling. Henry Goodman, as Eliot's beleaguered father, was also finely developed, but Imelda Stauntan played his mother as a shrewish fishwife with virtually no redeeming character qualities. Not even after pot brownies.

Seeing "Taking Woodstock" makes me miss my long lost soundtrack of the original concert, something I shall remedy this weekend. I'm also eager to watch the documentary again with it's hippie-trippie split screens and portraits of long gone poets, artists, and other kindred spirits.


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