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Woodstock (1970)

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The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

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Michael Wadleigh
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Cast

Credited cast:
Richie Havens ... Himself
Joan Baez ... Herself
The Who ... Themselves
Sha-Na-Na ... Themselves (as Sha Na Na)
Joe Cocker ... Himself
Country Joe and the Fish ... Themselves
Arlo Guthrie ... Himself
Crosby Stills & Nash ... Themselves (as Crosby Stills and Nash)
Ten Years After Ten Years After ... Themselves
John Sebastian ... Himself
Santana ... Themselves
Sly and the Family Stone ... Themselves (as Sly & the Family Stone)
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Canned Heat ... Themselves
Bob Davis Bob Davis ... Himself
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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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For those of you who never knew. And for those of you who haven't forgotten. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Barnes Ltd.

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:

$50,000,000
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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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Trivia

Michael Lang once said that his original idea was to have Roy Rogers close the festival by singing "Happy Trails". 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

In the directors cut the opening credits have the rating credits being burned and exploded. It had Jimmy Hendrix' version of the "Star-Spangled-Banner" played in the background. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

We're Not Gonna Take It
(from "Tommy")
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
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different experience as an adult
22 January 2006 | by dcipaSee all my reviews

when the movie was first released, I saw Woodstock in a theater with my great uncle. I was in 8th grade. He took me to see it because we both played guitar and shared a love of music. It was quite an experience - especially some of the "free love" scenes, but we loved it and he was especially awed by Jimi Hendrix.

I had a chance to see the director's cut in a theater this year. It was such a gift to go back in time and recapture the feeling of that time. While four hours is a long time, the extra footage of Jimi Hendrix and the dreamy scenes of Janis Joplin near the end are worth it.

Yes, Woodstock is ESSENTIAL viewing for any rock fan and for anyone who wants to capture the real sense of what it was like to feel part of a generational "love' movement. It seems so unreal in retrospect, but those of us who lived it - remember it. See Woodstock and enjoy.


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