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The Last Waltz (1978)

A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Themselves
Rick Danko ...
Himself - Bass / Violin / Vocal
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Himself - Drums / Mandolin / Vocal
Garth Hudson ...
Himself - Organ / Accordion / Saxophone / Synthesizers
Richard Manuel ...
Himself - Piano / Keyboards / Drums / Vocal
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Himself - Guitar / Vocal
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Himself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
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Herself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
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Herself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
Paul Butterfield ...
Himself - Performer
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Himself - Performer
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Thanksgiving, 1976, San Francisco's Winterland: the Band performs its last concert after 16 years on the road. Some numbers they do alone, some songs include guest artists from Ronnie Hawkins (their first boss, when they were the Hawks) to Bob Dylan (their last, when as his backup and as a solo group, they came into their own). Scorsese's camera explores the interactions onstage in the making of music. Offstage, he interviews the Band's five members, focusing on the nature of life on the road. The friendships, the harmonies, the hijinks, and the wear and tear add up to a last waltz. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It Started as a Concert. It Became a Celebration. [original theatrical] See more »

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26 April 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$16,151 (USA) (7 April 2002)

Gross:

$321,952 (USA) (27 May 2002)
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Trivia

According to Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson visited the set because he was friends with some of the singers. Scorsese also said that Nicholson complimented him about Taxi Driver (1976). See more »

Goofs

During Garth Hudson's solo in the song "Stagefright", the entire song cuts forward approximately 25 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Van Morrison: [singing] Turn it up, turn it up, little bit higher, radio, Turn it up, that's enough, so you know it's got soul, so you know, so you know it's got soul, baby, so you know it's got, yeah...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the film it just says: "THIS FILM SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD!" See more »

Connections

Featured in Robbie Robertson: Going Home (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

I Shall Be Released
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood And All with The Band
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One of ulimate concert films of all time.
12 February 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

You don't have to be a die-hard fan of The Band to appreciate this concert film. Martin Scorsese turns this farewell performance into a lasting tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, and to many of their contemporaries as well. The guest performer list for this show reads like a veritable who's who of Rock and Roll history, with performances by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, to name but a few. Even if you weren't born yet, or were too young to remember these artists in their heyday, this film will educate you as to what all the fuss was about. And believe me, the fuss was well deserved.


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