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The Last Waltz (1978)

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

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Mardik Martin (treatment)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Band ... Themselves
Rick Danko Rick Danko ... Self - Bass / Violin / Vocal
Levon Helm ... Self - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal
Garth Hudson ... Self - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers
Richard Manuel ... Self - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal
Robbie Robertson ... Self - Guitar / Vocal
Eric Clapton ... Self - Performer
Neil Diamond ... Self - Performer
Bob Dylan ... Self - Performer
Joni Mitchell ... Self - Performer
Neil Young ... Self - Performer
Emmylou Harris ... Self - Performer
Ringo Starr ... Self - Performer
Paul Butterfield ... Self - Performer
Dr. John ... Self - 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. Now it's a Legend. [theatrical re-release] See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Every camera but one ran out of film during Muddy Waters' performance of "Mannish Boy." It resulted in the longest shot of the film, while Martin Scorsese scrambled to get the film cans reloaded. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[singing]
Eric Clapton: Further on up the road / Someone's gonna hurt you like you hurt me / Further on up the road / Someone's gonna hurt you like you hurt me / Further on up the road / Baby, just you wait and see.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film it just says: "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!" See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features an outtake of the jam session onstage towards the end of the concert. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

I Shall Be Released
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood And All with The Band
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Life-Changing
14 December 2004 | by fiore521See all my reviews

If you're not completely in love with The Band before watching this movie, you certainly will be after. This is one of those life-changing-you-laugh-you-cry-you-can't-stop-thinking-about-it kind of movies. The music is unbelievable and the interviews are entertaining at the least. It's more personal than Woodstock and, in my opinion, the music is infinitely better than any other rock documentary made to date. Apart from the intensely talented men of The Band, musical greats like Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, and (of course) Bob Dylan play some unforgettable performances. Do yourself a favor and watch it. It's a concert performed by inspiring, talented musicians; it's what we all need in this time of musical uncertainty.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Middle English

Release Date:

26 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super Jam See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,151, 7 April 2002

Gross USA:

$322,313

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$340,687
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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