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The Last Waltz (1978)

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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Themselves
Rick Danko ... Himself - Bass / Violin / Vocal
... Himself - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal
Garth Hudson ... Himself - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers
Richard Manuel ... Himself - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal
... Himself - Guitar / Vocal
... Himself - Performer
... Himself - Performer
... Himself - Performer
... Herself - Performer
... Himself - Performer
... Herself - Performer
... Himself - Performer
Paul Butterfield ... Himself - Performer
... Himself - Performer
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Storyline

Thanksgiving, 1976, San Francisco's Winterland: the Band performs its last concert after 16 years on the road. Some numbers they do alone, some songs include guest artists from Ronnie Hawkins (their first boss, when they were the Hawks) to Bob Dylan (their last, when as his backup and as a solo group, they came into their own). Scorsese's camera explores the interactions onstage in the making of music. Offstage, he interviews the Band's five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road. The friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear add up to a last waltz. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration. [original theatrical] See more »

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26 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Super Jam  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,151, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$321,952, 27 May 2002
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Trivia

The Band's recording studio Shangri-la was above Zuma Beach in Malibu, CA. It was a popular hang out spot for Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, Keith Moon, John Lennon and Neil Diamond. Many of wives of the Band's members were against building their recording studio in Malibu, especially Kevin's wife. See more »

Goofs

During Garth Hudson's solo in the song "Stagefright", the entire song cuts forward approximately 25 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: [First lines] Okay, Rick, what's the game?
Rick Danko - Bass: [At at pool table] Cut throat.
Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: What's the object?
Rick Danko - Bass: Object is to keep your balls on the table and knock everybody else's off.
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At the beginning of the film it just says: "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!" See more »

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Referenced in Modern Family: The Last Walt (2012) See more »

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Out of the Shadow of Woodstock
2 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Martin Scorsese's documentary has been labelled a time capsule of an era, and whilst this type of reference usually sounds overstated, there is no doubting the accomplishment of this film as an event. Many use the documentary 'Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music' as the ultimate example of a music-doco, but whilst the music in The Last Waltz is actually on par with the great performances of Woodstock (bar Jimi Hendrix[there's no substitute]), the thing which elevates The Last Waltz is the photography.

This was the first music doco to be shot on 35mm and watching the concert, you'd think that each performance was carefully choregraphed over a few weeks of shooting rather than over one night. Special thanks must be given to Cinematogrpaher Michael Chapman for his efforts on this film. The look of the film is what elevates it's overall appeal, because the music was always going to be epic, especially with the cavalcade of great names performing. This is just great filmmaking from contemporary cinema's most accomplished filmmaker. And how about that haunting theme that both starts and ends the film. Just great.


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