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Eat the Document (1972)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 30 November 1972 (USA)
Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK.


Bob Dylan




Credited cast:
Bob Dylan ... Self
Richard Manuel ... Self
Robbie Robertson ... Self
Rick Danko Rick Danko ... Self
Garth Hudson ... Self
John Lennon ... Self
Johnny Cash ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alderson Richard Alderson ... Self
Albert Grossman ... Self
Mickey Jones ... Self
Bob Neuwirth ... Self
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Bob Dylan and The Hawks (aka The Band) on their infamous 1966 "Judas" tour of the UK.

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According to a NY Times article (October 28, 1966), the film was originally promoted as a segment of the anthology series ABC Stage 67 (1966) on November 16, 1966, but was postponed by the network because "...it became clear that filming would not be completed in time to meet the scheduled air date." Airing in its place was ABC Stage 67: Evening Primrose (1966). See more »


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An interesting mess
14 February 2001 | by austex23See all my reviews

Absolutely for fans only, this is a documentary of a Dylan tour made by a camera held in a very shaky hand. Eat the Document would make a good, but probably unwatchable, triple feature with Neil Young's Journey Through the Past and The Stones' Cocksucker Blues, a sixties triptych painted on broken windowpanes after a night of very bad drugs. Dylan's attempt at deconstructing or subverting or whatever he was trying to do to his own myth here says a lot about the era and leaves the artist as enigmatic as he ever has been, with the usual alternation between sublime poetry and clunking misfires. Still, there are some fine moments -- the droning duet with Johnny Cash, as two generations of bad boys create an otherworldly disharmony, the glimpses of the Band at the peak of their magic, the faces of the young Brits waiting in line for the shows, desperate to be at a scene they were determined not to dig. The tape I saw was followed by a harrowing ten minute outtake of Dylan and John Lennon riding in the back of a limo, the camera focused unflinching (and often unfocused) on them as they mumble their way through a thick purple haze -- sure proof that no one is as clever as he thinks he is on drugs.

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