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The Last Waltz (1978)

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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writer:

Mardik Martin (treatment)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
The Band ... Themselves
Rick Danko Rick Danko ... Himself - Bass / Violin / Vocal
Levon Helm ... Himself - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal
Garth Hudson Garth Hudson ... Himself - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers
Richard Manuel Richard Manuel ... Himself - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal
Robbie Robertson ... Himself - Guitar / Vocal
Eric Clapton ... Himself - Performer
Neil Diamond ... Himself - Performer
Bob Dylan ... Himself - Performer
Joni Mitchell ... Herself - Performer
Neil Young ... Himself - Performer
Emmylou Harris ... Herself - Performer
Ringo Starr ... Himself - Performer
Paul Butterfield Paul Butterfield ... Himself - Performer
Dr. John ... Himself - Performer
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Storyline

Thanksgiving, 1976, San Francisco's Winterland: the Band performs its last concert after 16 years on the road. Some numbers they do alone, some songs include guest artists from Ronnie Hawkins (their first boss, when they were the Hawks) to Bob Dylan (their last, when as his backup and as a solo group, they came into their own). Scorsese's camera explores the interactions onstage in the making of music. Offstage, he interviews the Band's five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road. The friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear add up to a last waltz. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration. Now it's a Legend. [theatrical re-release] See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Middle English

Release Date:

26 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super Jam See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,151, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$321,952, 27 May 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Band's management had overbooked the show. Two days before the show, they tried to have Muddy Waters taken off the bill. Levon Helm, The Band's drummer, threatened not to play the show if Muddy Waters was asked to leave. Muddy Waters is in the final cut of the film. See more »

Goofs

During Garth Hudson's solo in the song "Stagefright", the entire song cuts forward approximately 25 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Martin Scorsese - Interviewer: Listen, when you guys first started playing as The Band, you kind of shied away from publicity a lot. Talk about that, a little?
Garth Hudson - Organ: That was just part of a life style that we got to love at Woodstock. You know, we got to like it, you know, just being, eh, being able to chop wood or hit your thumb with a hammer. We'd be concerned with fixin' a tape recorder and fixin' a screen door, you know, and stuff like that and getting the songs together.
Rick Danko - Bass: We always seemed to get a whole lot more done when we ...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film it just says: "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!" See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD features an outtake of the jam session onstage towards the end of the concert. See more »

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Spoofed in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »

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Without doubt the best lineup for a free concert that also served turkey.
20 October 2004 | by pdg93See all my reviews

If you, as a music lover, have ever wondered what it would be like to see a concert starring the very cream of the crop from the sixties and seventies, you have that opportunity now. Martin Scorcese has produced a film that should be mandatory viewing for anyone who calls themselves a rock lover. While all the performances are memorable, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and, of course, The Band are incredible. Beyond the music, the very premise of the concert is amazing: A big bang to end the era, thanksgiving dinner for thousands, a wicked lineup, great music and some really enlightening interviews. The Last Waltz is a must see if you are a fan of the rock&roll genre, as The Band and friends not only play their hearts out, but also pay tribute to the sound that we all know and love.

Watch it, you won't regret the time spent.


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