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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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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

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 Goedemorgen Nederland: Episode dated 29 April 2004 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Mama
Performed by Janis Joplin
Written by Clarence Carter (as C. Carter), Marcus Daniel (as M. Daniel), Wlibur Terrell (as W. Terrell)
Published by EMI Music Publishing
Janis Joplin appears courtesy of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment
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22 November 2004 | by gleng1See all my reviews

I'm a little baffled by some of the comments here regarding the film making style or skill in this film. I watched the film to see Janis and the Grateful Dead and The Band -- happy, young, and exuberant, and that's exactly what I got. I even liked the footage of the promoter talking about the festival and the issues with the crowds.

ANYWAY... I recommend the DVD over the theatrical release, since everyone here seems to mention that they want to see more musical performances, and the DVD delivers. There are two DVD disks -- the movie disk and the extras disk. On the MOVIE disk, go to the menu and select "extras" and there are a dozen additional music performances from Janis, the Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, and others. (I hear that the extras disk contains interviews with the director, but I haven't seen it). Enjoy!


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