6.7/10
26,577
73 user 203 critic

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Trailer
2:12 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
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 »
8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Lust, Caution (2007)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen
Tui shou (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bozhao Wang
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the American Civil War, two friends join the Bushwhackers, a militant group loyal to the Confederacy.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel Kilcher
The Ice Storm (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Sihung Lung, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yu-Wen Wang
Woodstock (1970)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad--contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro
Edit

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
Edit

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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destino: Woodstock See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Focus Features See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although no actual Woodstock footage was used, the movie included re-enacted scenes of the original Woodstock movie being made, as background to the action. Two examples are the film crew on the road to the festival getting the walking nuns to flash the peace sign, and the toilet-cleaning "Port-O-San" man being interviewed. See more »

Goofs

In the cleanup scene, the Boy Scouts' uniforms have green socks with red tops. In 1969, Boy Scouts wore solid green socks. See more »

Quotes

Vilma: You should see what I'm packing up here.
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

America
Written by Paul Simon
Produced by Sourcerer
Performed by Ken Strange, Jeff Paris and Robert Hackl (as Bob Hackl)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A loving and lovely tribute to a brief moment in time
29 August 2009 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

Perhaps more than most films, you'll either get this or you won't. Ang Lee seems to have conjured up the past with an accuracy that most filmmakers would spoil with reverence. Through a series of vignettes and very small references to Wadleigh's 1970 documentary, "Woodstock," a legendary moment in culture gets celebrated with a sweetness that was part of the era that quickly evaporated.

I was reminded of the film "Dirty Dancing" not just in the setting but in the tone. Ang Lee keeps the humor from becoming too broad in depiction of the locals whose lives were about to up-ended in a way that no one anticipated but few would not welcome. The actors in particular find a common level to play with that draws the audience into the excitement. We know what will happen, but as the momentum builds to the actual event the audience is swept away just as the characters in the film are.

The key character, a very unimposing Demetri Martin, never falters in this coming-of-age story that mirrors the culture changes swirling around him. He gives a very strong performance and is virtually never off the screen.

I had read that the "main event" isn't recreated, and that's partially true. However, we "see" what most of the actual participants of the event saw of the performances on a stage set up in a cow field. It's a stunning moment in the film and as magical as the experience must have been. I was roughly the same age as the character, struggling with the changes of adolescence at a moment in time when there really weren't road-maps for the future. While I was far away from the East Coast, this event reached me in many of the same ways as the characters in the film. I suppose for most people my age that was also true.

While I flinched a few times when a "plot" would intrude into this whole dazzling work, it served the purpose for the power and point of the final moments: Standing in the muddy aftermath the hope of what was going to happen next was palpable for a whole generation, but the next event, Altamont with the Rolling Stones, ended it all with crushing horror. Yet, the optimism is still alive, I think. Equality for many racial and sexual minorities were fulfilled…or are being so fulfilled at this time…and one of the more ironic points of the film was actually scored during the trailers that preceded the feature: the previews for Michael Moore's "Capitalism" and that subject is what really ended the counterculture.

But for Ang Lee he gives the 40th Anniversary of the Woodstock festival an original and unsentimental celebration. (And if hippies annoy you, this isn't the film you need to see.)


55 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 73 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed