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Taking Woodstock 2009


From the Oscar-winning director of Brokeback Mountain comes a comedy inspired by a true story of the famed music festival that critics call "irresistibly entertaining" (Bryan Erdy, CBS-TV)!

Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert
2 hours, 1 minute

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Ang Lee
Starring Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert
Supporting actors Imelda Staunton, Demetri Martin, Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, Kelli Garner, Clark Middleton, Bette Henritze, Sondra James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christina Kirk, Gail Martino, Lee Wong, Adam LeFevre, Eugene Levy, Andy Prosky, Dan Fogler, Carmel Amit, Zachary Booth, Jennifer Merrill, Ivan Sandomire, Matthew Shear, Darcy Bledsoe, Halley Cianfarini, Jesse Kile, Ashley Middlebrook, Bec Stupak, Gabriel Sunday, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Stephen Kunken, Adam Pally, Kevin Sussman, Pippa Pearthree, Skylar Astin, Daniel Eric Gold, Leonard Berdick, Sharon J. Giroux, William B. Ward Jr., Louisa Krause, Spadaque Volcimus, Bill Coelius, Nick Taylor, Michael Izquierdo, Katherine Waterston, Will Janowitz, Jeremy Shamos, Malachy Cleary, Richard Thomas, Sebastian Beacon, Kelly Klein, Garett Ross, Darren Pettie, Andrew Katz, Patrick Cupo, Boris McGiver, Liev Schreiber, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Michael J. Burg, Stefano Da Fre, Taunia Hottman-Hubbard, David Lavine, Michael Zegen, Andrew Zox, Angus Hamilton, Christopher Meier, Richard Phelan McGreal, Casson Rugen, Joseph Ulmer, Harry Zittel, Alyssa May Gold, Gaston Jean-Baptiste, Michael McGinnis, Dan Knobler, Jon Seale, David Wilson Barnes, James Hanlon, Don Puglisi, Kirsten Bach, Kevin Chamberlin, Rachel Morrall, Anthoula Katsimatides, Marjorie Austrian, Kyle Plante, Lew Zucker, Lee M. Cunningham, Jason Antoon, Spencer Aste, David M. Atlas, Seth Barrish, David Breitenstein, Kevin T. Collins, Adam Desautels, John Francis Duggan, Joe Forbrich, Michael Grantland, Becca Greenwald, Eugene Kim, Damian Kulash, Aaron Lambert, Ronete Levenson, Michael Peavey, Ian Pickus, Steve Ricard, Bill Richards, Skip Shea, Nicole Signore, Darcy Singer, Victoria Stankiewicz, Jay Storey, Adam Van Der Voort, Amber Lea Voiles
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
This was a real treat. Being an extreme Woodstock-phile I know alot of small behind the scenes facts and details. The Michael Wadleigh documentary is simply the holy grail of doco's! I was under the assumption parts of this were made up for the movie and I refused to go to the theatre to see it. I was sooo wrong! Not only is it factual, they nailed so many details taken and recreated from the documentary!Like the nuns being filmed while flashing a peace sign! The Earth Light players! Hog Farmers!

All of the people who whine that it's a movie about a concert with no music in it, GO WATCH THE MICHAEL WADLEIGH 4 HOUR DOCUMENTARY! In fact, if ya wanna make a weekend of it, watch them back to back! This tells the background of the concert and the local politics. You don't need a movie with the music in it...The documentary already exists and more people need to become hip to it. This movie just made my heart jump when the first helicopter lands at the El Monaco motel!

Eugene Levy's portrayal as Max Yasgur is uncanny. No other actor could have pulled that off but him. He looks and talks just like the real Max. Watch the documentary right before Hendrix near the end and you won't believe the likeness! A perfect companion to the Academy Award winning documentary!
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The 60's memoir Taking Woodstock is a story about how 20-something Elliot, son of a Jewish couple, was able to lure backers planning a music festival into the area where his parents run a `resort' motel. The story begins in a conservative rural community of farmers and small town folk in scenic New York countryside. The narrative hub revolves around the relationship between Elliot and his aging parents who own the El Monaco Resort Motel, a deteriorating business on the verge of foreclosure. His mother is a bitter character who oversees the finances and ordering of the household. His father is a withdrawn, tired man bent from years of bearing the weight of silent compliance before his wife while attending to the motel's maintenance. The townsfolk are a stagnant traditional group ekking out daily sustenance while news about the Viet Nam war, Arab-Israeli conflict and moon landing catch their attention in the background.

Into this languid summer come two key folk - Michael Lang and Max Yasgur. Lang is an imperturbable saintly visionary from the City with the faith and means to walk the key parties through messy negotiations. Yasgur is portrayed as an enlightened agrarian businessman able to envision qualities lost on his parochial peers and acumen to make this into a venture profitable for all.

There were initial clashes between locals and those part of early negotiating. However, once contracts were settled and the project began to unfold the momentum of the operation overwhelmed the situation. Construction crews, event planners and early arrivals for the festival descended. Masses of gentle folk grew daily until the entire region was gridlocked by thousands of `citizens' of the `Woodstock nation'.
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Format: DVD
I was lucky enough to see this movie in an actual theatre (remember those?) this past September, and it really was a delight. Watching with a small group of friends and loved ones, I felt a kinship with the central character and his simple desire to do something, anything, to change his fate while the world seemed to be changing its tune - for those three days, at least. Being both a musician and a fan of all things European, I really liked the look and the pace of Ang Lee's film. While the book on which the film is based bubbles and froths madly and delightedly like a late Seventies hot tub, Lee's film presents a place and a time that feels alive and gentle like a spring leaf but also has the sullen gravity of the fallen leaf once the autumn comes. Demetri Martin comes across like a slightly-stoned Pinocchio, hoping - through his 11th-hour involvement in helping to save Mike Lang's Woodstock festival from cancellation - to become a real boy. (It's not coincidental that the actor who plays his father, Henry Goodman, looks a bit like Gepetto in the Disney animated classic of years ago.) Those who complain that this film doesn't have music are missing the point - the film itself is music, and a soft and glorious one at that. Besides, there's a wonderful sequence towards the end of the film involving use of a song from `60s group Love being played on an 8-track cassette player in the back of a psychedelic VW van . . . that scene alone captures the real experience of being at Woodstock, at least as told to me over the years by those who were really there or who wanted so badly to have been there in person (though they were already there in their hearts). Having seen this film, I feel like I was at Woodstock too . . . and when this movie is available on DVD, I plan on going back . . .
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I'm 67, old hippy, and I concurrently read both books about the events leading up to the festival: Elliot Tyber's Taking Woodstock and Michael Lange's The Road to Woodstock. And I watched both movies: 'Taking Woodstock' and the doc '3 Days of Peace and Music', and I would try to keep the dates of everything constant as skipped from books to movies; There are many events in the movie 'Taking Woodstock' that didn't really occur and Michael Lange's partner in Woodstock is in '3Days of Music and...", in 'Taking Woodstock, Artie Cornfeld appears twice but is not really at all like Artie. It was really fun, however, to follow the trail to Woodstock through all these mediums, and conclude that it was all worth doing, and I love the movie so much, it takes me back to that time; I was on the west coast doing the same thing, turning on, tuning in, grooving on the sounds and camradery with friends. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. I loved the movie Taking Woodstock, but keep in mind it is not about the concert, it's about events leading up to it. People who didn't live back then may not be able to relate to it. I think this movie is about 30 years in coming.
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