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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).
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The cost of a ticket to attend the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was eighteen dollars in advance, and 24 dollars for all three days.
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."
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.
In the end of the film, Michael Lang says he's going to San Francisco to organize a free concert with the Rolling Stones. He's referring to the infamous Altamont Free Concert, where four people ended up dead, one of them by homicide. Because of these violent events, the concert was later on viewed as the end of the hippie era.
This is the second film to feature Liev Schreiber in drag. The first role was in his theatrical debut, Mixed Nuts (1994).
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.
The guitarist and white percussionist (playing an udu) in the El Monaco Bar Band during the limbo scene, are members of the funk/folk band Flearoy.
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One of the songs played during the end credits, is Freedom by Richie Heaven. The song Freedom was the first song that performed at the actual Woodstock festival.
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Michael Lang's motorcycle is a BSA 441cc Victor, made by the Birmingham Small Arms company of Small Heath, Birmingham, England.
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In the movie, the song "Maggie M'Gill" by The Doors, is played. However, The Doors turned down the opportunity to play at Woodstock. In fact, on the movies Official Soundtrack, the only group or artist featured that did not play at Woodstock is The Doors, aside from Danny Elfman.
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