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Wattstax (1973)

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

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Mel Stuart
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dramatics The Dramatics ... Themselves
The Staple Singers The Staple Singers ... Themselves
Kim Weston Kim Weston ... Self
Jimmy Jones Jimmy Jones ... Self
Rance Allen Rance Allen ... Self
The Emotions The Emotions ... Themselves
William Bell William Bell ... Self
Louise McCord Louise McCord ... Self
Debra Manning Debra Manning ... Self
Eric Mercury Eric Mercury ... Self
Freddy Robinson Freddy Robinson ... Self
Lee Sain Lee Sain ... Self
Ernie Hines Ernie Hines ... Self
Sonny Warner Sonny Warner ... Self (as Little Sonny Warner)
The Newcomers The Newcomers ... Themselves
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Documentary with a selection from a non-stop 7-hour musical event at Watts, the Los Angeles Coliseum, August 20, 1972. It's a sort of Woodstock event but with black artists, namely the groups Dramatics, Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, Emotions, Bar Kays, Mel & Tim. Written by Artemis-9

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Laugh! Cry! Sing! Hear! Feel! Dance! Shout! See more »


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Trivia

A portion of the proceeds went to Martin Luther King Hospital and the American Sickle Cell foundation as well as a few other predominantly African-American charities. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2003 restoration includes the original ending; Isaac Hayes performing the songs "Theme From Shaft" and "Soulsville", which were removed from the film following the 1973 Los Angeles premiere due to the threat of a lawsuit from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) over the use of those songs in a motion picture. The replacement ending, Isaac Hayes performing "Rolling Down A Mountainside" (recorded on a Los Angeles soundstage months after the concert) has been removed and is included as extra material on the 2003 DVD release. See more »

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Walking The Backstreet & Crying
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Outta Sight!
5 July 2008 | by dutchbeatsSee all my reviews

This is an absolute gem and a richly textured time capsule in so many ways. Growing up making Hip-Hop in the 80's and 90's I used to wish I was a teenager in the late 60's and early 70's just to be around all of that great music. Seeing this movie now has solidified that dream. I should mention the scene when Rufus Thomas comes on and the crowd literally 'bum-rushes' the field in what today would be considered a riot but as the swarm of people descend from the stands to the sound of Rufus's opening number 'Funky Chicken', the riot is a dancing, feel good frenzy! I don't think anywhere in the world in today's society could so many people swarm into a small space like that and there not be any violence. They were just itching to dance and boy did they ever!!! Then, after Rufus wrapped it up he playfully instructed them to kindly move back to the stands and like angels, every single one of them did as requested in unison! OK one drunk guy stayed but Rufus joked with him and then told the crowd to 'go get him' and on cue some of them rushed the field to 'playfully' scurry him back to the stands.

You've really got to see this movie! Very addictive; I watched it three times within a week of first seeing it. Far out and solid!


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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1973 (Denmark) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,000, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$16,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby Digital (re-release)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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