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Woodstock

Woodstock is a TV movie starring John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Joel Makower. In August 1969, 500,000 people gathered at a farm in upstate New York. What happened there was far more than just a concert. Woodstock tells the story...

Other Titles
Woodstock: Festivaalin tarina, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined A Generation, Woodstock - Drei Tage, die eine Generation prägten, Woodstock - tre dagar vi aldrig glömmer, Woodstock - tre dage der forandrede en generation, Woodstock: Festivalens historia
Running Time
1 hours 46 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
History, Documentary
Director
Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron
Writer
Don Kleszy, Barak Goodman
Actors
Bob Spitz, John Roberts, Joel Makower, Joel Rosenman
Country
USA
Year
2019
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

In August 1969, 500,000 people gathered at a farm in upstate New York. What happened there was far more than just a concert. Woodstock tells the story of a legendary event that defined a generation through the voices of those who were there.

Comments about history «Woodstock» (23)

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Dennis Vargas

We all know the story of the Rolling Stones. I don't know what they are even doing. And I know that they are still alive, but they are the Rolling Stones. It's a famous story. It's an old story. But when you have a filmmaker like Neil Berriman trying to tell the story of the Rolling Stones, he has to make it understandable and beautiful. He had to make it a "movie". The Stones weren't that interesting in the music they were putting out in the 70's, but they were not that bad. The only reason I like the Rolling Stones is because they are different than all other bands. The story about the Stones is beautiful, the pictures are beautiful, and the music is beautiful. I love the documentary "Riding in Cars with Boys" and this one is just as good as it gets. My advice is: If you have any interest in the Stones, don't skip this movie. If you love the Stones, go see it, it's not a waste of time. It's a fantastic documentary.

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Sara N.

As an American who has been there and witnessed what America has become through the years I thought this movie was incredibly important. It is difficult to believe that this generation has been raised in an environment where you are considered a freak if you do not conform to the norm, that this generation will be the ones to do that for another generation, and that this generation will be the ones to try to break the isolation of the American dream. I was amazed that when I heard this film I could not help but think that it is almost too hard to find a movie that could teach me the truth that is being displayed on screen, and how America is a corrupt society and will never be the same again. The message this film is trying to send out is the same message that the president has been trying to show for years and is going to have to face, that while America is a great country there is something wrong with the system that it is built upon and will be the ones that will see this and be the ones to fix it. The characters in this movie are perfect and the actors portraying them are perfect as well. It is very difficult to believe that the same people who are making a living on what they make are not making a living on what they make. I wish that Hollywood would do a more realistic version of this story because I really believe that this is the only way that it would ever get done.

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Maria

Bill Mooney's documentary "The Power of Music" tells the story of the legendary "White Summer of Love" and "Red Summer of Hate", a period of five years in the history of the hippie movement in the late 60's, early 70's. The movie was shot in the legendary L.A. Cactus club, and shows the influence of the "Dead Kennedys" and the Rolling Stones. It is certainly fascinating, and also informative and surprising, but, unfortunately, it's not really a documentary. It is made out to be that, as the film is supposedly a depiction of the people who were involved in the "L.A. Cactus Club" and the "White Summer of Love". While some of the interviews are quite interesting and informative, it's far from being a good documentary. But, this is what I like about this movie. The subject matter, the interviews, the archival footage are really interesting and the film is very well made. I also like the fact that Bill Mooney is an Australian, and he doesn't talk like a hippie, as he speaks in a very serious manner. This definitely adds to the film's credibility and authenticity. There are some interesting scenes in the film, such as when some of the hippie kids talk about getting up on the edge of the porch and playing music all day. And, there's a scene where the founder of the White Summer of Love says that the club's membership was mainly from white girls and college students. Overall, I recommend this film, and, although it's not really a documentary, it's a good documentary. Recommended.

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Megan S.

I would suggest this as a 'must see' for all who are truly interested in the events that occurred on this beautiful Saturday in August, 1969. This film truly captures the essence of the important events. You feel your heart pounding as you watch the interviews with the real people and the members of the bands that attended the festival. There is nothing left out in this film and it makes it all the more important that you learn about the spirit of this event. Although there are few stills, the majority of the photos are clear and beautiful and the interviews with the actual participants are wonderful. I also loved the music and I was surprised to learn that some of the music was actually written by members of the band. The film has some very funny moments and a very inspiring ending. I found it very informative and I am very pleased that it was released on DVD. I have not seen it on VHS but I plan to buy it and will be able to watch it many times over.

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Donna W.

What is amazing about this film is how it is so true and yet so good. In a time when so much of the music that is played and produced is just a middle ground between the extremes of "soul" and "death", this film serves as a lesson in what it means to be authentic. In a time where so much of the music being played and produced has been saturated by the extremes of corporate rap, this film serves as a reminder of what real art should be. Where does the line fall? How far will you be able to go with your music if it comes out? Where will you be able to resist if someone asks you to remix their music? In this film, we get a real glimpse of how truly authentic music can be, and we get to see what life can really be like when the lines are crossed. This is what the film does well, it takes you back to what life is really about. The music is extremely soulful and fits the setting beautifully. You can clearly see the influence of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and The Hollies throughout. The archival footage of the whole event is very inspiring as well, especially as the film explores the impact that the music had on so many. The transitions between the different moments in the film are very well done and add to the overall feeling. The interviews that you will hear throughout the film are very real and contain a lot of great insight into what the day really meant. All in all, a wonderful film that is extremely relevant and important. A must see for anyone who loves the music of the 60's or is interested in art in general. 9/10

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Samantha W.

I don't understand why the media is trying to attack this film, which is one of the most incredible documentaries I have ever seen, and to say the least I am amazed at how many people on here have not even seen it. No matter what side you are on, this film is 100% accurate. They talked to an everyman like no other in America. This is a true story, where we all have a story in our own life, and that is to use our dreams to make our dreams come true. What was the main message in this film? Do not doubt that there are a lot of reasons to believe in God, because this documentary is for everyone to know. God was able to accomplish what he did through the little miracle of this story. If you think that you have everything in your life figured out, then watch this film, you will never find out the reason you don't. This film is about growing up and being realistic with yourself, and understanding what you want to do in life, and what it takes to achieve it. I think this film is a great example of the use of technology to change lives, by making these powerful, beautiful, and inspiring videos. This is truly a documentary that will touch your heart and help you see the truth.

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Benjamin L.

This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.I first saw it at the '70s festival in Santa Cruz, California. It was the first documentary I have ever seen about the California counter culture, a whole subculture of hippies, drug users and rock & rollers that were basically just kids from the Bay Area. The main story that I think of in the film is the emergence of the counter culture in America. The music, the drugs, the nudity and the art were all there. People were doing things that the rich didn't like, or would rather not do. So, the whole idea was that the counter culture was something that was being used by the rich to control the poor. It was an experiment. That is why it was so important. In that regard, the film is pretty accurate. This is a pretty difficult thing to do because if you made it up you could make a whole movie about it. However, that didn't happen and what happened was that this film became a landmark of counter culture. The scene where the counter culture is demonstrated is so well done. It was actually filmed in S.F. in the early 70s. I have never been to S.F. and I have lived in the Bay Area for years. So this was a pretty accurate portrayal of the counter culture. It is also interesting how it is always about the hippies. The real counter culture was the counter culture of the rich. They were the ones who actually supported this counter culture. They became the power base, not the hippies. A lot of the hippies were around a lot longer than the counter culture. I have seen a lot of hippie movies. But this one is by far the best. It is really sad that they have gone so far and really made the hippies look bad. For me, the counter culture is something that should be celebrated. It is something that changed and improved the world. It is a unique thing, but not something that should be completely ignored. The documentary is about how this counter culture evolved into a movement for the poor. It's not that simple. It is a big complex thing and one can only understand it by really knowing what the counter culture was. The counter culture was something that was very unique and revolutionary, and it was something that had a lot of influence on society. It was an experiment, and the one who survived the experiment should be the one who was the most influential.

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Michael Hall

A good documentary about the hippie movement, centered around the 1969 "Hippie Congress" in Berkeley, California, the "Summer of Love" of 1968, and the other two "Summer of Love" years of the 1970s. A lot of people will not like this movie, mainly because it is not very "high school" or "rocky" in any way. But that's part of its appeal. The movie is very long, and it will have you looking at your watch a lot of the time. But it is well worth your time. My advice to you, if you are not a hippie, but just want to know what this movement was, and what happened, is to see it! If you are a hippie and you want to know what this movement was about, this is the movie to see. It is very revealing.

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Beverly

This documentary is definitely worth watching, but be sure to get a soundtrack to support it. I have a few other of the original soundtrack albums, but I'd never had the chance to buy them. Now that I've watched it, I'm glad I have. I first saw the documentary when I was 11 and was completely amazed. I was then introduced to Bob Dylan and I immediately fell in love. I was also introduced to this documentary on the soundtrack of a movie, and I fell in love with it too. So I bought it, I watched it again, and I bought the soundtrack. Now I have the soundtrack of EVERY movie that I have seen in the last ten years. I hope this review has helped you decide if this documentary is for you. It is very good, but be sure to read the lyrics to see if it is for you.

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Benjamin

I have a friend who is a hater of Michael Moore. He does not like any of his documentaries or he would have never made this one. It was also filmed in Miami, so maybe it's a bad idea to just visit his city. Maybe this documentary is to be seen by people who like to get all their information from the media. The documentary is not a documentary about Michael Moore. The documentary is about the music and about the protests. It is about the facts. The documentary does not mention the fact that Michael Moore is a liberal activist. The facts are in the film. It's just a movie. I did not watch it in theaters, but I would have liked it better if I had. The film is good and I recommend it to people who are not interested in politics and just want to get to know about the music. But it's not a documentary. This is just a movie. I don't have to explain why. You'll know why.

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Arthur Burns

A well made film that tells the story of this musical event and the impact it had on many lives of those involved. An historical perspective of the music and its impact. A review of the many tragedies that occurred during the event and the impact of the music on these lives. I liked the documentary, and thought it was well put together and at times touching.

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Susan M.

I loved this documentary. The film captured the images, and the interviews of the music and people who played there. The music was something to see, and the interviews with the musicians and the young people who played there. It shows what a huge influence this music had on young people, and what it meant to their lives. I think it was an important documentary and it definitely was well done. If you love music and want to learn about this era of music, and the music that shaped it, then this documentary is for you.

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Angela

I thought this film was really cool. The first time I saw it I thought it was a good documentary, but I found myself looking at it from a different angle than I thought I would. I had no idea what the film was about and I was fascinated to see how it all played out. I really enjoyed it, the music was great and I'm sure it was meant to be an epic piece. I was impressed by the attention to detail in the documentary. The documentary starts with interviews from the people that played at the festival. The people that played in the bands were also interviewed, but they were not the main focus of the documentary. I think that that was the best part. The documentary is a very interesting look into the festival and how it was made. It also covers the music itself. I was really surprised at how good some of the music was. It made me think about the music I love and the bands that played the music. The music itself was very good and I think the documentary really does a great job in capturing the music and making it seem like it came out of a crowd and not an isolated moment. It made me really want to learn more about this music. I also thought the people that played were really amazing and very inspiring. I found the documentary really interesting and I think it's really worth seeing.

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Austin Miller

This documentary was beautifully shot and has some great interviews with musicians, who are all very eloquent in their opinions. I really appreciated this documentary because it was very inspiring and showed the consequences of all the things that were happening at that time. I have always enjoyed how things were shown and how they helped bring about the important changes that were taking place in society at the time. I would recommend this documentary to any one who is interested in the subject matter.

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Martha Hart

The '60s-early '70s was a good time for musicians. The Beat Generation was well-fed, well-showered and well-educated. There was a huge gap between the haves and the have-nots, and bands like The Who, The Who-Elliott, Muddy Waters, Journey, The Who-Herbie Hancock, The Byrds, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Beach Boys, The Doors, The Doobie Brothers and so on and so on. It was a time when people were just starting to become aware of their ability to really sing and play music and actually make music. And that was the great artistic moment of the '60s and '70s. There was this music boom in the United States, and it was all because of the Beatles. For better or worse, they became the Beatles. This documentary tells the story of those music, politics and history-events. We can enjoy the music, the history and the people who were around when the Beatles came to the United States. It also gives us an insight into the people who worked for the music, like Steve Lillywhite (the founder of Capitol Records) and the backstage goings-on of the Beatles. The documentary was made in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in the U.S., and was also made in conjunction with the movie, Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. The film was well-received by critics and audiences alike. However, the documentary was criticized for being one-sided and biased. So I am curious to see how some people would react to this documentary. The documentary is rather limited in it's coverage, but it was still interesting. It was interesting to see how the Beatles were seen in the United States as being more political than they actually were. It was interesting to see how the documentary felt as being the Beatles' personal version of their work. This documentary is well-filmed, with some excellent acting, a strong soundtrack, and it was entertaining. But the documentary really does miss a chance to really tell the whole story of the Beatles' U.S. visit. It was nice to see how many people were against the Beatles coming to the United States. The documentary also missed out a lot of the political music that was going on in the U.S. and the rest of the world at the time. As a matter of fact, it seems that they didn't tell us much about the Rolling Stones at all. I really liked that documentary, but it was only a film and it didn't tell the whole story. I will definitely recommend this documentary to anyone who wants to know more about the Beatles. If you are interested in the Beatles, this documentary is definitely worth watching. It is also worth noting that John Lennon is the narrator of the documentary. So, if you want to know more about the Beatles, you should see this documentary. Otherwise, there is nothing new here, it is just a good documentary about the Beatles.

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Jesse B.

I never went to see the actual film. In fact, I only know the name of the town where it was filmed. So I have never been around the area. So it was very interesting to see the behind-the-scenes story of the actual festival, and how it was so much more than a college festival. The performances were amazing. The directors, the actors, everyone was just incredible. The story was so true, it was a real tear jerker. I will recommend this movie to anyone. The scene where the "peaceful" guys are breaking out into a song. What an amazing way to create a change in the world. The moment in the crowd, standing in the middle of the group of girls. The way they had that huge grin on their faces. It made my heart break. It really did. But it also made me feel more compassion towards all the people. The way they said their prayers to God. I could feel it in my heart. I think that it was well done, and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you to the people that made this movie. It was worth it.

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Rachel W.

I was a participant in the protests that took place at the 1980 Summer of Love. I was a teenager in the 1980's and I can truly relate to the feelings that the hippies were feeling and going through. I was kind of a left-wing radical and thought that everything should be decentralized and kept under the thumb of the government, but now that I am older, I realize that everything was at least kind of "on the right" and so the hippies really should be treated with respect. Although the film was somewhat biased in its portrayal of the hippies, it was good to see the younger generation come through and shed some light on the music, hippies, drugs, and of course, the right-wingers. I wish I could have been a hippie, but the best thing that happened to me was that I was kind of a pariah, and my hippie friends and I were all kind of alienated from society, so I have never really felt like I belong. I just wish that I could have been one of those hippies, but I know that I probably wouldn't be as interested in "songs" as I am now. My dad, who is a hardcore conservative, does not agree with me on this, but he has always had respect for me and my friends and has always considered them my family. I still do not feel that way about my dad, and that is one of the reasons why I am still kind of a pariah. But I do appreciate the way that the documentary was handled and how it got it's message across without making any false claims. I think that this documentary did a great job and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Alexander S.

This is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. I've always enjoyed talking to people about these issues, but I never had a chance to actually talk with them. This documentary brings those conversations to life, and brings us to some of the most incredible things you can see on the news. For instance, I've never seen anything so beautiful or moving as this movie. It just made me feel like I was at Woodstock for a second time. This documentary is not just a documentary about the music, it is about the culture, the people, and the experience. I never would have been able to imagine how great it would have been if these people actually experienced it. I was really impressed with the film-making, and would recommend this documentary to anyone.

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Jessica

This is a gripping account of the events surrounding the iconic event of 1969, the famed "Day of Rage." There are many different perspectives of this event, but the most interesting are the stories of the people who were there. These stories are touching, and help to tell the story of those who were there. There are two different perspectives of what happened at the start of the uprising. The first one is a narrator who tells the story of an African-American family living in upstate New York, and their involvement in the event. Their stories are heartbreaking and compelling. The second is the story of an older couple living in the US, who were later able to document the event for the National Archives, and who made the documentary film. Their stories are also poignant, and inspire the film. Their interviews with the people who were there, along with the interviews of the people who witnessed the event, make this a great film, and provide a powerful account of what happened. This film can be a great introduction to this event, and also for people who have not seen it. I was a little disappointed that the American people were not featured, but I guess this is to give the story more depth.

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Brenda C.

This is a gripping, dramatic documentary, that will leave you with a "me-too" feeling of sympathy for the survivors of the iconic summer of '68. The film opens with the rehearsal of "Hallelujah," the song by the Grateful Dead that became a symbol of the 1960s. It is a magnificent piece of music and the rehearsal for the song is a great moment in the film. The film then goes into the scene when the original version of "Hallelujah" was released and that took place on the very same night that The Grateful Dead played. After that, the "Hallelujah" video was released. This is an interesting film, that will leave you feeling like a "me-too" feeling of sympathy for the survivors of this legendary summer of '68.

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Nicole

The raw feelings that many college kids felt at the time of this film is captured on screen, but it's also really important to remember that this is from a different era. At that time, hippies were all around, the movement was really strong, and most people supported the 'beings' they were showing. When the movement died down and it was more of a psychedelic thing, hippies started to try and forget about it. Now, years later, it's more of a protest movement, and the hippies have changed, which makes it more poignant. Also, the movie really doesn't focus on the music, and shows the real people, not the people that are in the movie. A lot of the people in the movie are now in the music industry, and this film shows how it all came to be. It's sad that this movie is so hard to find, but I'm glad it's out there, because it's an important story that's hard to forget.

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Denise Thompson

I have seen a lot of documentaries on the USP. of "Degrassi: The Next Generation". This documentary does a great job explaining why this show was so popular. There are a few things I have to criticize, but overall it is a great documentary. I am sure most people who watched this will appreciate the way they were presented, and that they are not perfect. However, it is possible to have a great documentary about something that is controversial and also make it look like a fun and easy way to get acquainted with the issue. This documentary does that very well.

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Robert Turner

I am not a Deadheads fan but I have watched the music videos and I must say that this is an excellent documentary. It has no easy answers but I think it does a pretty good job of giving you a background of the music. I am not the biggest Deadhead but I do know a few people who are. I am also a Deadhead and I think that I can relate to a lot of the pain and confusion that the band went through. It is very powerful to see that most people are still celebrating the music even after all these years. Some of the scenes of the concert are very sad but it is so heart-breaking that I am glad that people are still making it. You just cannot take your eyes off the screen.