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The Last Waltz (1978)

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Release Date
Apr 5, 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 7, 2002
 R2: 14 Oct 2002

MPAA Rating
PG

Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Studio United Artists

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Other Titles
• The Band (1978)



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Genre: Documentary, Musical, Biography

Plot: In what just might be the finest rock & roll concert film ever, THE LAST WALTZ celebrates the final performance by the Band (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson). The show took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland Arena--where the group had played their very first show more than 16 years before. In order to make their farewell even more unforgettable, they recruited numerous guests to join them onstage. They include Bob Dylan, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Neil Young, Ringo Starr, Paul Butterfield, Ronnie Hawkins, and the Staples. Martin Scorsese, a former roommate of Robbie Robertson's, employs some of the world's greatest cinematographers--including Michael Chapman, Vilmos Zsigmond, and Laszlo Kovacs--to film the set in a way that captures the show's sweat and energy with a powerful intimacy. Interspersed into the songs are a series of interviews with the Band's members, who recall their early days playing for empty bars and their emergence as major players in the rock & roll game. THE LAST WALTZ is a thrilling concert film, mandatory viewing even for those unfamiliar with the Band or rock music in general. -- ©

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 Directed by
Martin Scorsese
Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, Taxi Driver
 Written by
 Cast
Eric Clapton
Tommy, The Concert for New York City, Concert for George
Neil Diamond
Saving Silverman, The Jazz Singer, Timeless: Live in Concert
Bob Dylan
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Dont Look Back
Joni Mitchell
Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, All We Are Saying
Van Morrison
John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me, Beyond the Clouds
Robbie Robertson
The Crossing Guard, Carny, Revisiting 'The Last Waltz'
Martin Scorsese
Bringing Out the Dead, Shark Tale, New York Stories
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