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Festival Express (2003)

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Release Date
 USA: Jul 23, 2004
 UK: 3 Sep 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: Nov 2, 2004
 R2: 28 Feb 2005
BoxOffice: $0.9M

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Festival Express Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some language.

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country UK, Netherlands

Studio Apollo Films, HanWay Films

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Genre: Documentary, Drugs

Plot: In 1970, a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of the time. Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Delaney & Bonnie, Buddy Guy, Ian & Sylvia and others lived (and partied) together for five days, giving concerts where and when they stopped. The train was called the Festival Express.

Festival Express might just have been the greatest, and certainly the longest, non-stop rock n' roll party ever. Nicknamed "The Million Dollar Bash" by Rolling Stone magazine, Festival Express was designed to capitalise on the then-burgeoning craze for multi-day, talent-heavy music festivals.

Following in the footsteps of Woodstock, by the summer of 1970 such festivals were a regular part of the rock n' roll landscape.

Festival Express was planned as a festival with a difference -- it would be portable. The artists would be showcased at festival sites spanning the breadth of the Canadian heartland, from Toronto to Calgary -- and transportation was by chartered train. This proved to be a stroke of genius, indelibly stamping the event with an aura of magic, as a large number of the performers signed on despite being offered fees substantially below their going rate. The musicians thought the train ride sounded like the "party to end all parties". -- ©

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 Directed by
 Written by
Janis Joplin
Monterey Pop, My Generation
The Grateful Dead
The Twilight Zone
Buddy Guy
The Concert for New York City, Lightning in a Bottle, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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