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Woodstock (1970)

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Oscar-winning musical chronicle that brilliantly captures the three-day rock concert and celebration of peace and love that became a capstone for the Sixties.

Director:

Michael Wadleigh
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richie Havens ... Self
Joan Baez ... Self
The Who ... Themselves
Sha-Na-Na ... Themselves (as Sha Na Na)
Joe Cocker ... Self
Country Joe and the Fish ... Themselves
Arlo Guthrie ... Self
Crosby Stills & Nash ... Themselves (as Crosby Stills and Nash)
Ten Years After ... Themselves
John Sebastian ... Self
Santana ... Themselves
Sly and the Family Stone ... Themselves (as Sly & the Family Stone)
Jimi Hendrix ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Canned Heat ... Themselves
Bob Davis Bob Davis ... Self
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Storyline

An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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Taglines:

Jimi Hendrix - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Sly and The Family Stone - The Who - Santana - Richie Havens - Joan Baez - Joe Cocker - Ten Years After - Arlo Guthrie - 400,000 people - Peace - Love - Mud See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Free was invited to play the festival, but declined the invite. Interestingly, the group's lead singer Paul Rodgers performed at Woodstock '94. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Interviewer: Okay. Go ahead.
Sidney Westerfield, Local merchant: My name is Sidney Westerfield. I'm the owner of this antique tavern, Mongaup Valley, New York State. I was here when this crowd really came. We expected 50,000 a day and there must have been a million. I, myself, was hungry for two days because I couldn't get any food! I couldn't go out to buy any food.
[laughs]
Sidney Westerfield, Local merchant: I was eatin' cornflakes for two days. And the kids were wonderful. I had no kick. It was, "Sir, this" and "Sir, that" and "Thank you, this" and "Thank you, ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits of the Director's Cut, Crosby, Stills and Nash are heard singing "Cost of Freedom". The visuals are of a still shot of the crowd of Woodstock, fading into a long list of names of various people, including performers who were at Woodstock, who have since died. The list of names ends with the following: Peace Music Ecology Liberty Community Democracy Alternatives Knowledge Altruism This is then followed by: Woodstock Generation 19**-20** R.I.P. it up Tear it up have a Ball See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 88 minutes from this film for its 1981 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Moments That Stopped the World (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Uncle Sam's Blues
Traditional, arranged by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
(Director's Cut only)
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Three days man! Three days.
9 March 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

What a great documentary this is with an event like Woodstock captured so magnificently on film. I saw this in the theater during it's initial release more than once and have seen it at least a dozen times since. This film won the Academy Award for 1970 as Best Documentary for Michael Wadliegh as he uses split screen imagery for many scenes capturing different events at the same time and different angles of same events. Wadleigh had done cinematography on a couple of notable but forgotten films from 1967, the feature drama Who's That Knocking On My Door, an early Martin Scorsesse film, (Scorsesse would help with the editing of Woodstock) and film maker Jim McBride's David Holzman's Diary. This had to be a monumental task to chronicle the three day event and reduce it to a single theatrical film. 30 acts provided about 50 hours of music to the crowd of half a million in upstate New York in the summer of 1969 and the film makers of Woodstock had to eliminate over half of the performers from their film but what they chronicled here is captures the thrilling performances and the crowd, the rain and the events that unfolded during that three day festival in an fast paced, energetic and thoughtful documentation. It was nominated for and should have won the Academy Award for it's principal film editor Thelma Schoonmaker who would go on to successful career editing such films as The Color of Money, Good fellas, Cape Fear, The Kings of Comedy, Gangs of New york, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Aviator. This film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound and should have won that too. It's brown acid alerts, rain storm precautions, latrine maintenance, three days of peace and music and breakfast in bed for 400,000 with Merry Prankster Wavy Gravy as your stage host starring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, CSN&Y, The Who, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Country Joe & the fish, 10 Years After, Sha Na Na, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie and John Sebstian. I would give this a 10 and highly recommend it.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woodstock: 25th Anniversary Edition See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethel, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$126,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,610
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wadleigh-Maurice See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1970) | (1994) | (director's cut) | (director's cut) | (DVD) | (Director's Cut w/ additional & exclusive footage)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (re-release)| Mono (RCA Sound System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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