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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

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 »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Stax Records, which promoted the concert, insisted that only African-American police officers be used for security. The company also insisted that the film crew be all African-American as well. 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

Edited into The N Word (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Breakdown
Written by Bonnie Rice, Eddie Floyd and Rufus Thomas
Performed by Rufus Thomas
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User Reviews

 
The best of Richard Pryor in a slice of Watts ghetto life
16 August 2003 | by Grover-15See all my reviews

This rarely seen gem has Richard Pryor running on all twelve cylinders, stashed in a Watts bar, rapping with his buddies, the high point of a fascinating unvarnished view of ghetto life that slid down a black hole. This is one of a kind.


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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1973 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby Digital (re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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