The Last Waltz

1978 | Documentary/Musical | 116 minutes | English


When the Canadian-American rock group “The Band” decided to disband, they resolved to do it in style. On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, they held a memorable  farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Fortunately, Martin Scorsese filmed the entire event. In addition to filming some of the hit songs like “Don’t Do It,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” “Stage Fright,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” Scorsese included studio segments and interviews with members of “The Band,” who touchingly reminisced about their history and unforgettable experiences.  

Major Participants:
The most noteworthy artists who performed with “The Band” are Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Ronnie Hawkins, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Wood, and Eric Clapton.
“The Band” consisted of Rick Danko (bass, violin,  vocals); Levon Helms  (drums, mandolin, vocals); Garth Hudson (keyboards, saxophone); Richard Manuel (keyboards, percussion,  vocals); and Robbie Robertson (guitarist, vocalist).
Why Stream This Film?
Years after that performance in SanFrancisco in 1976, producer Robbie Robertson still cherishes memories of “The Band,” stating “To this day that film is unsurpassed, the talent on that stage is unsurpassed.”
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
  • Metacritic Score: 88
  • In 2019, the film was  selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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THE LAST WALTZ was hailed as  the greatest rock ‘n’ roll movie ever made, and its stature has only increased.
Greg Kot

Chicago Tribune

THE BAND’S music has such intrinsic strength and resilience that it can’t help but break through those self-imposed barriers and set itself and the audience free.
Kenneth Turan

Washington Post

It’s arguably the most beautiful of rock movies, while the musical highlights THE WEIGHT with the Staples Singers, Van Morrison’s Firebolt CARAVAN, every Levon Helm vocal—still astound.
Tom Huddleston


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