Festival Express
Festival Express (2003)

In 1970 a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of all time. Janis Joplin, The Band, The Grateful Dead, Ian & Sylvia, Buddy Guy, Delaney & Bonnie, and others lived (and partied) for five days, giving… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2003
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Festival Express is a spellbinding documentary that nostalgically chronicles five days in the summer of 1970, when a train full of now- legendary rock perfomers jammed its way across Canada.

Richard Harrington
Washington Post

There are sterling concert performances by several bands in peak form.

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Steve Morse
Boston Globe

It's the overnight jam sessions that steal the show.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Man, what were they smoking? Oh, yeah, right. That.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A delirious piece of pop ephemera, a time capsule set on the cusp between the Summer of Love and the Day the Music Died.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Here's a chance to listen to the soundtrack for the social upheaval of the late '60s and early '70s.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

A good snapshot of an earlier, simpler, more innocent time that seems now even longer ago than it was.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

What's most revealing and human about Festival Express are its candid looks at artists bonding aboard the choo-choo.

Larry Rodgers
Arizona Republic

A treasure for baby-boomer rockers and a miniature history lesson for younger music fans.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

It's touching to see rock stars in such a raw, uncommercial state. And the film, shot on rich-grained 16 mm, has none of the hyper, fast-cutting style of contemporary concert videos.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
some filler - but great concert footage of Janis, The Band and the Dead
Mark Abell
Back in the summer of 1970, an historic event took place that few here in the states knew about. A year after Woodstock, a promoter put together another… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Fesitval Express" is a documentary about a series of music festivals that took place across Canada in the summer of 1970. In… More