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Monterey Pop (1968)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 23 April 1969 (France)
2:27 | Trailer
A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.


D.A. Pennebaker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott McKenzie Scott McKenzie ... Performer
Denny Doherty ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Cass Elliot ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves (as Mamas and Papas)
John Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Michelle Phillips ... Performers (as Mamas and the Papas)
Canned Heat ... Themselves
Frank Cook Frank Cook ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Bob Hite Bob Hite ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Henry Vestine Henry Vestine ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Alan Wilson Alan Wilson ... Performers (as Canned Heat)
Art Garfunkel ... Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Paul Simon ... Performers (as Simon and Garfunkel)
Hugh Masekela ... Performer
Marty Balin ... Performers (as Jefferson Airplane)


Legendary California music festival (pre-Woodstock) that launched the state-side careers of several performers, most notably Jimi Hendrix. Check out Mama Cass being absolutely blown away while watching Joplin sing. Here there be REAL acid rock. Written by Raymond Clay <banquosa@concentric.net>

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Police Captain: I've got to protect myself. There's a lot of talk of the hippies coming down, not the hippies; but, the Hell's Angels coming coming down. Some talk about the Black Panthers coming down. If we do get fifty, fifty-five thousand people, we're going to have a lot of problems. Where are you gonna feed these people? They'll buy up all the food we have in town in one day!
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Alternate Versions

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The 60's Personified...Period!
28 June 2008 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

A most excellent time capsule of a period. No questions. If you want to see what the sixties were like...Then watch. This really does put in a time capsule more of the generation than anything I've seen. You can feel the shift happening via the music. I vote this is infinitely more important than Woodstock because the movement was already in full swing at that point. Witness the birth of so much of what we still are listening to today. This is the real unadulterated thing. Kudos to the "Criterion Collection"! If only Otis Redding would have lived longer?There is no telling the musical legacy he was going to leave? Based on the incendiary performance here it would have been formidable. This is a must see for anyone interested in the procession of rock through all the permutations of soul and blues. Not to be missed.

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Release Date:

23 April 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,524, 26 August 2001

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (original release)| Dolby Stereo (re-release)| Mono (original release)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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