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Wattstax (1973)

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

Director:

Mel Stuart

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Dramatics The Dramatics ... Themselves
The Staple Singers The Staple Singers ... Themselves
Kim Weston Kim Weston ... Herself
Jimmy Jones Jimmy Jones ... Himself
Rance Allen Rance Allen ... Himself
The Emotions The Emotions ... Themselves
William Bell William Bell ... Himself
Louise McCord Louise McCord ... Herself
Debra Manning Debra Manning ... Herself
Eric Mercury Eric Mercury ... Himself
Freddy Robinson Freddy Robinson ... Himself
Lee Sain Lee Sain ... Himself
Ernie Hines Ernie Hines ... Himself
Sonny Warner Sonny Warner ... Himself (as Little Sonny Warner)
The Newcomers The Newcomers ... Themselves
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Storyline

Documentary with a selection from a non-stop 7-hour musical event at Watts, the Los Angeles Coliseum, August 20, 1972. It's a sort of Woodstock event but with black artists, namely the groups Dramatics, Staple Singers, Rance Allen Group, Emotions, Bar Kays, Mel & Tim. Written by Artemis-9

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Laugh! Cry! Sing! Hear! Feel! Dance! Shout! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1973 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Sort på hvidt See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,000, 8 June 2003

Gross USA:

$16,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Dolby Digital (re-release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stax Records, which promoted the concert, insisted that only African-American police officers be used for security. The company also insisted that the film crew be all African-American as well. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2003 restoration includes the original ending; Isaac Hayes performing the songs "Theme From Shaft" and "Soulsville", which were removed from the film following the 1973 Los Angeles premiere due to the threat of a lawsuit from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) over the use of those songs in a motion picture. The replacement ending, Isaac Hayes performing "Rolling Down A Mountainside" (recorded on a Los Angeles soundstage months after the concert) has been removed and is included as extra material on the 2003 DVD release. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right
Written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson
Performed by Luther Ingram
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The best of Richard Pryor in a slice of Watts ghetto life
16 August 2003 | by Grover-15See all my reviews

This rarely seen gem has Richard Pryor running on all twelve cylinders, stashed in a Watts bar, rapping with his buddies, the high point of a fascinating unvarnished view of ghetto life that slid down a black hole. This is one of a kind.


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