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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.

Director:

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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A soulful expression of the living word... 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Lying On The Truth
Written by Carl Smith and Marshall Jones
Performed by Rance Allen Group
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User Reviews

straight from the source- release set for September 04
3 April 2004 | by avantasselSee all my reviews

I heard it straight from the source. I just had the privilege to see this film with Mel Stuart at the James River Film Festival in Richmond VA and he says it's coming to DVD in September 2004 with the original ending of the Isaac Hayes performance. Stuart said that it will also be aired on PBS in September 04 so look for that. This great documentary has life of the black experience as it was in the early 70's even has Richard Pryor giving some insight. Has some other good footage of Albert King, the Staple Singers, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Little Melvin, the Bar-Kays and Jesse Jackson. Some other interesting facts about the filming of the movie. Stuart specifically hired an all black film crew to capture the feel of this event by interviewing people in the streets and around the festival.


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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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