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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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This is the second film to feature Liev Schreiber that concerned itself with Woodstock, the Catskills, and the summer of '69. The first was A Walk on the Moon (1999). See more »

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

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Elliot Tiber: Where are my arms?
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References True Grit (1969) See more »

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Mind Flowers
Written by Ian Bruce-Douglas
Performed by Ultimate Spinach
Courtesy of Iris Properties, Inc.
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Highly Entertaining
30 August 2009 | by (Des Moines, Iowa) – See all my reviews

Taking Woodstock is a hilarious film, beautifully photographed and filled with performances that capture the idealism of the '60s. Ang Lee does a masterful job capturing the madness and chaos associated with trying to stage a major rock festival in a rural community, even to the point of borrowing split-screen techniques from the Woodstock documentary.

Demetri Martin plays Elliot Tiber (Teichberg) and does a fine job as the son torn between independence and duty to his aging parents, Imelda Staunton and Henry Goodman (five-star performances by both). Eugene Levy plays the shrewd Max Yasgur with a twinkle in his eye, and Liev Schrieber is unforgettable as the ex-Marine and transvestite who provides security for the Teichberg family's motel.

Taking Woodstock is a highly entertaining movie.


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