Taking Woodstock

Movie information

Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language.
Released on:
August 26, 2009 (Wed)  (NY, LA)
August 28, 2009 (wide)

Previously Announced Release Dates:
August 14, 2008

Focus Features

Status: Released

Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch, Eugene Levy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Liev Schreiber, Paul Dano, Dan Fogler, Kelli Garner, Mamie Gummer

Director: Ang Lee

Screenwriter: James Schamus
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
About the film:
A generation began in his backyard... From Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), comes Taking Woodstock, a new comedy inspired by the true story of Elliot Tiber (Demetri Martin) and his family, who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making the famed Woodstock Music and Arts Festival into the happening that it was.

Itís 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, The El Monaco. The bankís about to foreclose; his father wants to burn the place down, but hasnít paid the insurance; and Elliot is still figuring how to come out to his parents.

When Elliot hears that a neighboring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much-needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighborís farm in White Lake, NY, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.
Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $3.46 mil. (1393 theaters) | Domestic Total: $7.46 mil.
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    April 16, 2009 - 04:46
    Subject: mm... thanks

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