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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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Storyline

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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

Gross USA:

$7,460,204

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,975,737
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Focus Features See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Lang's motorcycle is a BSA 441cc Victor, made by the Birmingham Small Arms company of Small Heath, Birmingham, England. See more »

Goofs

Arlo Guthrie was heard singing "Coming Into Los Angeles" in daylight. When the 1969 Woodstock concert first took place, Arlo came on stage at midnight right after Melanie. See more »

Quotes

Billy: I remember this hill.
Elliot Tiber: Like "remember" remember or "Vietnam flashback" remember?
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Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #5.14 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Sir Galahad
Written and Performed by Joan Baez
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
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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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