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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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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.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Aconteceu em Woodstock  »

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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

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 »

Goofs

Billy talks about beating Monticello High School and catching 3 touchdown passes. Monticello High School had no football team at that time nor did it have one for decades prior to the festival. Also, if Billy was from White Lake or Bethel, he would have attended Monticello High School and would not have been playing against them. See more »

Quotes

Sonia Teichberg: No stchupping in the bushes!
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Connections

Referenced in John Sharnhorst (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

No Love, No Nothin'
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Judy Garland
Published by Leo Feist Inc.
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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