Taking Woodstock

Synopsis: A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.
Director(s): Ang Lee
Production: Focus Features
  8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Don't jump in the pool.

The water we put in

next week for the summer.

...in South Vietnam

ground war.

The U.S. Command reports 148

Americans killed in the war last week,

the lowest weekly figure in six

months. 1,612 Americans were...

...they barely look

like they've been warned.

There was exchange

of fire south of

the Sea of Galilee and

across the Suez Canal.

These exchanges and raids are

now a daily part of Israeli life,

and the country is

prepared for anything.

NBC news correspondent,

David Burrington, reports.

In spite of all

the border turmoil,

Israeli intelligence officers do

not expect all-out war this summer

unless the Arab

nations get reckless.

And that's the

main worry here,

that Arab frustration

will suddenly explode...

In a day

of intensive activity,

Captain Neil Armstrong

and his crew

entered the final

phase of preparations

for the July 16th

launch of Apollo 11.

NASA officials report

that the third and final day of

launching pad tests proceeded smoothly,

while inside

the training center,

the astronauts performed simulated

moon walks in their space suits.

What? Excuse me. I can't possibly stay.

This establishment isn't

fit for human habitation.

Fine, go. Yes, well, here's your key.

It didn't fit the lock, but

the door was open in any case.

You went into the room?

I did, yes.

And now I must insist

on you returning my $8.

After you already

used the room?

What kind of scam

are you running?

And besides...

Well, this is ridiculous!

The so-called air

conditioner was just

an empty plastic

box in the window.

The room was filthy. Indeed, I

discovered a small hair on the pillow.

There wasn't even

a towel in the bathroom.



Please, we're late already.

My son,

thank God you're here.

This man is threatening me for a refund!

I'm sorry. You're over $5,000

in arrears on the mortgage.

The home office is

breathing down my neck.

Mr. Spiers,

the El Monaco Resort...

It's a resort now?

...and Motel is my

parents' lifeblood.

With the addition

of the swimming pool

and these new town-wide

marketing initiatives...


As you know, I have been

elected the President

of the Bethel

Chamber of Commerce.

The youngest president

in their history.

We've decided to erect a tourist

information booth, right off 17B.

I have agreed, on behalf

of the El Monaco,

to lease at no cost some

road frontage to the endeavor,

which should coincidentally drive

heavy tourist traffic right to our door.

In addition...

Please, Elliot,

you know I do everything I can to help.

We even bought one

of your paintings.

But don't try to sell me

on those singles weekends

or the culture festival

or whatever other schemes

were supposed to dig

you out last summer.

We've decided to go classical

with the festival this year,

maybe a string quartet, more

contemporary, like Morton Feldman?

Very avant-garde. And we've got

a theater troupe in the barn.

You have a theater

troupe in the barn?

The Earthlight Players.

Vassar graduates, some of them.

They live in the barn?

They do everything

in the barn.

You haven't seen the sign? What sign?

The sign in

front of the barn.

Mr. Spiers, my God, please.

We come here, begging,

begging for mercy,

and what do you give us?

This fixation about the barn.

What is it with you and the barn?

I was just... I'm an old woman,

Mr. Spiers. I've suffered.

I walked here all the way

from Minsk, in Russia,

in 20-foot snow drifts,

I escaped the pogroms,

the Tsar's secret police,

with nothing but cold

potatoes in my pockets.

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James Schamus

James Allan Schamus (born September 7, 1959) is an American award-winning screenwriter, co-founder of Good Machine production company, and the CEO of Focus Features, the motion picture production, financing, and worldwide distribution company, until its merging with FilmDistrict. more…

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