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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

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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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$1,174,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,280,677
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the "C.C. Rider" jam scene, Jerry Garcia can be seen playing the famous rosewood Fender Telecaster played by George Harrison in the last public performance of The Beatles, on the roof of Apple Headquarters. It was loaned to Garcia by Delaney Bramlett; the two can be seen on-stage together during the jam. Harrison had given it to Bramlett after they toured together briefly. See more »

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Soundtracks

Friend of the Devil
Performed by Grateful Dead (as Grateful Dead)
Written by Jerry Garcia (as J. Garcia) / Robert Hunter (as R. Hunter) / John Dawson (as J. Dawson)
Published by Ice Nine Publishing Company, Inc.
Grateful Dead appear courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
under exclusive license from Warner Strategic Marketing
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See the film and take an amazing ride back to the 60's.
14 September 2004 | by ctadeSee all my reviews

I recommend this film not only because I am a fan of most of the people that gave performances, but the creator of the film captured footage of the performers that was exceptionally good. The "young" Grateful Dead gave a tighter performance than I had ever seen them perform live. "The Band" also surprised me. They performed very well and they too seemed tighter than when I saw them live 30-plus years ago. However, Janis stole the show. She was wonderful! You must see the movie just for her performances alone. What a trip! The in between shots of all the musicians riding on the train was fun and full of energy and a real bonus to the film (the concert footage was enough to bring me in to see the movie). If you are a fan of the 60's and you enjoy Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, you must see this film. The only time I felt disappointed was when the movie ended. I could easily have watched two or three more hours of concert footage.


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