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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:

Official site

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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Trivia

Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote the song "Might As Well" about the Festival Express train trip. This song, performed over the years by Grateful Dead, has lots of lyrics referencing this trip: "Long train running from coast to coast/bringing long the party where they need it the most" and "Never had such a good time/in my life before/I'd like to have it one time more/One good ride from start to end/I'd like to take that ride again." See more »

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

Soundtracks

Blues Jam
Traditional
Performed by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
(inc. Kenny Gradney), Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Buddy Guy Blues Band,
and others
Delaney & Bonnie & Friends appear courtesy of ATCO
under exclusive license from Warner Strategic Marketing;
Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
under exclusive license from Warner Strategic Marketing;
Buddy Guy Blues Band appear courtesy of Vanguard Records
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More..more..PLEASE!!
31 July 2004 | by vdgSee all my reviews

There is nothing more to add to the other commentaries: all you want at this end of the almost perfect documentary is MORE MUSIC!! Indeed I could see the same technique used by Pennebaker, and the same groove as in "Woodstock", but this is the closest you'll ever get in these modern times to a recreation of the flower-power atmosphere!! Today we have no more Janis, no more Jerry, and the whole world just feels empty without them, now even more than before, thanks to this movie. JANIS just steals the show every time she appears in the film, but there are many other people with memorable lines and comments, so in the whole it's an amazing feast for the eyes and ears! GO AND SEE IT


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