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Long Strange Trip - The Untold Story of The Grateful Dead (2017)

Long Strange Trip (original title)
A look at the 30-year career of The Grateful Dead.


Amir Bar-Lev
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
John Perry Barlow ... Self
Tom Constanten ... Self (archive footage)
Sam Cutler Sam Cutler ... Self
Jerry Garcia ... Self (archive footage)
Donna Godchaux ... Self (archive footage)
Keith Godchaux Keith Godchaux ... Self (archive footage)
Mickey Hart ... Self
Robert Hunter ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Kreutzmann ... Self
Phil Lesh Phil Lesh ... Self
Ron McKernan Ron McKernan ... Self (archive footage)
Dennis McNally Dennis McNally ... Self
Barbara 'Brigid' Meier Barbara 'Brigid' Meier ... Self
Brent Mydland ... Self (archive footage)
Steve Parish Steve Parish ... Self


The tale of the Grateful Dead is inspiring, complicated, and downright messy. A tribe of contrarians, they made art out of open-ended chaos and inadvertently achieved success on their own terms. Never-before-seen footage and interviews offer this unprecedented and unvarnished look at the life of the Dead.

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The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead


Documentary | Music

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

Did You Know?


In the documentary, it shows clips of footage that has never been seen before. Bob Weir (Guitarist) confirmed this in episode 2 of the 6-Part documentary. See more »


Sam Cutler: The Grateful Dead are dumb... They make fabulous music, wonderful, amazing music... When it came to business decisions, stupid.
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Stella Blue
Written by Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia
Performed by Grateful Dead
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Only the facts, maam
28 April 2021 | by ricovegasSee all my reviews

It was certainly entertaining to take a trip from the beginning of the Dead experience to the end of the journey, but, for me personally, I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of real insight from the main 'characters.' The director did an amiably job in collecting and presenting tons of archival footage, but, it could have used way more personal reflections from the surviving members. Some of the most insightful footage was from reporters, publicists and other ancillary people. While, it was good to see how the Dead affected all of these people, I wanted more of what the band members really thought about the footage in the movie not just a commentary about how 'cool' it was to see the 'old stuff.' Maybe, I was expecting this to be something it was never meant to be. In the end, however, kudos to all who were involved with putting this together.

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26 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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$33,272, 28 May 2017

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