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Festival Express (2003)

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The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts like Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Danko Rick Danko ... Himself - The Band
Levon Helm ... Himself - The Band
Garth Hudson Garth Hudson ... Himself - The Band
Richard Manuel Richard Manuel ... Himself - The Band
Robbie Robertson ... Himself - The Band
Bonnie Bramlett ... Herself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Delaney Bramlett Delaney Bramlett ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Ben Benay Ben Benay ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Sam Clayton Sam Clayton ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Jim Gordon ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Kenny Gradney Kenny Gradney ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends / Interviewee
Jerry Jumonville Jerry Jumonville ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Darrell Leonard Darrell Leonard ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Frank Maize Frank Maize ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
Chuck Morgan Chuck Morgan ... Himself - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
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In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed. Written by Anonymous

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Festival Express... The longest party in rock-n-roll history.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Fesztivál Expressz See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,074, 25 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,172,345, 14 November 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote the song "Might As Well" about the Festival Express train trip. This song, performed over the years by Grateful Dead, has lots of lyrics referencing this trip: "Long train running from coast to coast/bringing long the party where they need it the most" and "Never had such a good time/in my life before/I'd like to have it one time more/One good ride from start to end/I'd like to take that ride again." See more »

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Referenced in Goedemorgen Nederland: Episode dated 29 April 2004 (2004) See more »

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Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay
Performed by Sha-Na-Na (as Sha Na Na)
Written by Dave White (as D. White)
Published by ARC Music Corporation
Sha Na Na appears courtesy of BMG Strategic Marketing Group
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What a TRIP!!!!
7 August 2004 | by dougljSee all my reviews

I wasn't stoned, drunk or trippin' but I had a great time watching this flashback to 1970. The Dead, Janis, The Band all had very good performances. Buddy Guy and his band were probably the only black guys in Winnipeg!

If you like the music go see this movie. If you like history go see this movie. This was Woodstock plus one year! Janis died a few months later.

Peace Love and Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canada what a trip!

Toronto to Calgary I wonder if they remember any of it?


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