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Festival Express (2003)

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The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Danko Rick Danko ... Himself - The Band
Levon Helm ... Himself - The Band
Garth Hudson Garth Hudson ... Himself - The Band
Richard Manuel Richard Manuel ... Himself - The Band
Robbie Robertson ... Himself - The Band
Bonnie Bramlett ... Herself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Delaney Bramlett Delaney Bramlett ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Ben Benay Ben Benay ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Sam Clayton Sam Clayton ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Jim Gordon ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Kenny Gradney Kenny Gradney ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends / Interviewee
Jerry Jumonville Jerry Jumonville ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Darrell Leonard Darrell Leonard ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Frank Maize Frank Maize ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Chuck Morgan Chuck Morgan ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
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In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed. Written by Anonymous

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Festival Express... The longest party in rock-n-roll history.


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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Fesztivál Expressz See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,074, 25 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,172,345, 14 November 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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There were two bands, Traffic and Ten Years After, that were on the Festival Express tour but are not seen in the movie. The producers of the film could not get the musical rights. See more »

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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: A House Is Not a Home (2005) See more »

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I Shall Be Released
Performed by The Band
Written by Bob Dylan
Published by Dwarf Music
The Band appears courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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People of the world, join the love train!
30 August 2004 | by jdgratzSee all my reviews

What a terrific bit of insight into an event that until recently, was relatively unknown. In the wake of Woodstock, it was time for the players to have their fun. Some of the most tremendous artists of the 60's all join together to have a mobile party that ran across Canada. The movie includes some amazing footage of Janis Joplin, members of The Band, and a lot of Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir. I was curious where the remainder of the Grateful Dead spent much of their train time, but the footage shown was enlightening enough. From a night with LSD laden whiskey where spirits and the music was VERY high, to onstage performances by many of the groups from the actual concerts, and promoters and band members discussing the concerns about unruly fans and city managers. There was at least one huge aspect to note. For those of you who may appreciate Joplin for who she was and the influence she had but, maybe, aren't huge aficionados of her music, you may gain a new respect. Her onstage presence was clearly electrifying. You could tell that whenever she was belting out her bluesy tones, she had every bit of her heart bleeding out of her entire being. It would be a wondrous day to find that this, plus more and more hours of the footage could be released. I would waste away for an entire day watching and enjoying every tidbit of what was collected.


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