Oscar-winning musical chronicle that brilliantly captures the three-day rock concert and celebration of peace and love that became a capstone for the Sixties.

Director:

Michael Wadleigh
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richie Havens ... Self
Joan Baez ... Self
The Who ... Themselves
Sha-Na-Na ... Themselves (as Sha Na Na)
Joe Cocker ... Self
Country Joe and the Fish ... Themselves
Arlo Guthrie ... Self
Crosby Stills & Nash ... Themselves (as Crosby Stills and Nash)
Ten Years After ... Themselves
John Sebastian ... Self
Santana ... Themselves
Sly and the Family Stone ... Themselves (as Sly & the Family Stone)
Jimi Hendrix ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Canned Heat ... Themselves
Bob Davis Bob Davis ... Self
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Storyline

An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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The focus of the film is music. A fantastic array of talent for 3 days of peace, music and love. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Byrds were invited but refused, citing their distaste for large festivals following a violent incident at the Atlantic City (NJ) Pop Festival two weeks earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Interviewer: Okay. Go ahead.
Sidney Westerfield, Local merchant: My name is Sidney Westerfield. I'm the owner of this antique tavern, Mongaup Valley, New York State. I was here when this crowd really came. We expected 50,000 a day and there must have been a million. I, myself, was hungry for two days because I couldn't get any food! I couldn't go out to buy any food.
[laughs]
Sidney Westerfield, Local merchant: I was eatin' cornflakes for two days. And the kids were wonderful. I had no kick. It was, "Sir, this" and "Sir, that" and "Thank you, this" and "Thank you, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the directors cut the opening credits have the rating credits being burned and exploded. It had Jimmy Hendrix' version of the "Star-Spangled-Banner" played in the background. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 88 minutes from this film for its 1981 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Drug Years (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Soul Sacrifice
Written by David Brown, Marcus Malone, Gregg Rolie and Carlos Santana
Performed by Santana
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Superb documentary
8 April 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Oscar-winning documentary on the 3 day long concert back in 1969. Despite more people showing up than was expected and running out of food, water and medical supplies and dealing with a torrential downpour everything went fine. There was no rioting, no violence...just people helping each other out. The film beautifully captures all this. It contains interviews with the kids attending the concert (their views are absolutely incredible), people in the surrounding town, the police, media...all viewpoints are presented. Everything that comes through is tolerance, peace and love.

The musical acts are varied--you'll love some and hate others. For me the definite highlights were Joan Baez; the Who; Sha-Na-Na; Joe Cocker; Crosby Stills & Nash; John Sebastian; Country Joe McDonald; Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi Hendrix. Also the sound is great and there is superb editing during the sequences with excellent use of multiple screens.

I saw the directors cut with adds 40 minutes of music (bringing the running time up to 3 hours and 40 minutes). They add Canned Heat, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and another number by Hendrix. Except for the Joplin footage none of it is really good or needed. The original 3 hour cut is fine.

Warning--there's lots of swearing, nudity, sex and drug taking. It didn't bother me, but it might bother others.

A great one of a kind movie. Don't miss it!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woodstock: 25th Anniversary Edition See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethel, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$126,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,610
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wadleigh-Maurice See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1970) | (1994) | (director's cut) | (director's cut) | (DVD) | (Director's Cut w/ additional & exclusive footage)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (re-release)| Mono (RCA Sound System)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (original release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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