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Taking Woodstock

Rating:R (for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language)
Genre:Comedy, Musical
Release Date:August 26, 2009
Running time:110 minutes
Cast:Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch
Director:Ang Lee
Producer:Ang Lee
Writer:Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte
Distributor:Focus Features

Description: It's 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 bank's about to foreclose; his father wants to burn the place down, but hasn't 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 neighbor's farm in White Lake, N.Y., and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever. The film features a standout ensemble cast and songs from a score of '60s musical icons, including The Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and Country Joe and the Fish -- plus a new recording of "Freedom" from Richie Havens.

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