Taking Woodstock

Genre:  Comedy, Musical
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD: December 15, 2009

Current rating: Rating: 3.58
based on 27 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Demetri Martin, Dan Fogler, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Eugene Levy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Imelda Staunton, Paul Dano, Kelli Garner, Mamie Gummer, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber


Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) feels empowered by the gay rights movement. But he is also still staked to the family business—a dumpy Catskills motel called the El Monaco that is being run into the ground by his overbearing parents, Jake and Sonia Teichberg (Henry Goodman and Imelda Staunton). In the summer of 1969, Elliot has to move back upstate to the El Monaco in order to help save the motel from being taken over by the bank.

Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his family's motel to the promoters and generate some much-needed business. Elliot also introduces Lang to his neighbor Max Yasgur (Eugene Levy), who operates a 600-acre dairy farm down the road. Soon the Woodstock staff is moving into the El Monaco—and half a million people are on their way to Yasgur's farm for "3 days of Peace & Music in White Lake."

With a little help from his friends, including theater troupe leader Devon (Dan Fogler), recently returned Vietnam veteran Billy (Emile Hirsch), and cross-dressing ex-Marine Vilma (Liev Schreiber)—and with a little opposition from townspeople, including Billy's brother Dan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)—Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life—and popular culture—forever.

Director: Ang Lee
Studio: Alliance Films
Producer(s): James Schamus, Ang Lee
Screenplay: James Schamus
Official Site: takingwoodstockthemovie.com

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  • 4 stars "Wicked movie, although it has some "inconsistencies" great movie about the greatest rock concert of all time!"