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Taking Woodstock (2009)

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Taking Woodstock is a movie starring Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, and Edward Hibbert. A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Teichberg
... British Gentleman
... Sonia Teichberg
... Elliot Teichberg
... Jackson Spiers
Lee Wong ... George the Doorman (as Takeo Lee Wong)
... Esther
... Frank
Bette Henritze ... Annie
... Margaret
... Dan
... Carol
Gail Martino ... Town Clerk
... Billy
... 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.

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"A Generation Began In His Backyard."


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

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28 August 2009 (USA)  »

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Aconteceu em Woodstock  »

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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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In the movie, the song "Maggie M'Gill" by The Doors, is played. However, The Doors turned down the opportunity to play at Woodstock. In fact, on the movies Official Soundtrack, the only group or artist featured that did not play at Woodstock is The Doors, aside from Danny Elfman. See more »

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One of the production staff refers to the Hog Farm commune leader Hugh Romney as "Wavy Gravy". Romney, by his own account, was not given this nickname until about a month after Woodstock at the Texas Pop Festival (supposedly by BB King). See more »

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[Elliot finds his father pouring a jug into the freshly-filled swimming pool]
Elliot Tiber: Dad, that's bleach for the laundry.
Jake Teichberg: It kills the germs. What's the difference?
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Referenced in John Sharnhorst (2010) See more »

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Written by Lee Tully and S. Demay
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Captures the Spirit of Woodstock in a Unique Way
26 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

From reading some of the other comments it sounds like most people that are disappointed in this film were mainly put off due to their expectations for a film that focuses on the music.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I loved the unique focus on the small town that hosted the festival and how it affected all of their lives. I believe it was a great way to really capture the vibe of Woodstock without getting too rapt up in the actual musicians that were playing, which to me has been focused on enough over the years.

If you have been to a multiple day festival before you will have a wonderful sense of nostalgia. This movie completely captures how amazing people can be when they remove themselves from the hum drum monotony of their day to day lives and get together with like minded strangers for a few days of complete freedom and joy.

A great feel good movie with a lot of veiled depth about the people that helped make Woodstock one of the most famous events the world has known.


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