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Taking Woodstock (2009)

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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

James Schamus (screenplay), Elliot Tiber (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Goodman ... Jake Teichberg
Edward Hibbert ... British Gentleman
Imelda Staunton ... Sonia Teichberg
Demetri Martin ... Elliot Teichberg
Kevin Chamberlin ... Jackson Spiers
Lee Wong Lee Wong ... George the Doorman (as Takeo Lee Wong)
Anthoula Katsimatides ... Esther
Clark Middleton ... Frank
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Annie
Sondra James ... Margaret
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Dan
Christina Kirk ... Carol
Gail Martino Gail Martino ... Town Clerk
Emile Hirsch ... Billy
Adam LeFevre ... Dave
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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"A Generation Began In His Backyard."


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino: Woodstock See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,457,760, 30 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,443,007, 27 September 2009
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Focus Features See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The guitarist and white percussionist (playing an udu) in the El Monaco Bar Band during the limbo scene, are members of the funk/folk band Flearoy. See more »

Goofs

Billy talks about beating Monticello High School and catching 3 touchdown passes. Monticello High School had no football team at that time nor did it have one for decades prior to the festival. Also, if Billy was from White Lake or Bethel, he would have attended Monticello High School and would not have been playing against them. See more »

Quotes

[Elliot is spreading the white bedsheets into a giant peace symbol on the lawn to flag down Michael Lang's helicopter]
Sonia Teichberg: Elli! What is this with the sheets?
Elliot Tiber: What does it look like? I'm making a big cross on the lawn!
Sonia Teichberg: With the clean sheets? Jake, our boy's gone crazy! Making a Ku Klux Klan rally on our property!
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Connections

References True Grit (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

No Escape
Written by Sky Saxon, Jimmy Lawrence and Jan Larson
Performed by The Seeds
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A personal story
30 August 2009 | by mctimcSee all my reviews

Taking Woodstock is a personal story about a young man finding himself at a time when his generation was trying to do that throughout the world. It is not a "docudrama" about the event, so people expecting to relive the Woodstock festival, take note. Elliot's struggles and evolution through this unique event are another of Ang Lee's wonderfully textured allegories. That this fellow raised in China can so pointedly create the full emotional spectrum of the "youth movement" of that time is a testament to his artistry. This movie takes on a series of serious ideas with a light flair. Go in prepared to "go with the flow" and you'll leave feeling free, man.


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