• Festival Express (2003)

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Release Date: July 23rd, 2004

DVD Release Date: November 2nd, 2004

R|1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary
This compilation of footage from the Grateful Dead's Canadian train tour depicts the height of the band's music and fame for five days in 1970, along with that of performances from Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. However, there's also a dark side shown alongside the seminal concerts, as when the train stops, the musicians are often confronted with worried promoters, inquisitive reporters and protesting students who can't afford ticket prices.

Cast: Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead

Director: Bob Smeaton

Genres: Documentary, Music

Production Co: Apollo Films Ltd.

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  • Both a concert film and a more intimate thing: a fascinating, fly-on-the-wall (or fly-in-the-dining-car) glimpse of some clearly blotto rock legends talking, singing, hanging out. The fact that a good number of them are now dead makes it doubly memorable. show more

  • Festival Express should rightfully take its place in rock history as one of the great performance films of all time. show more

  • Must-see cinema for any serious rock fan. show more

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