Director: Mel Stuart Cast: Isaac Hayes, Richard Pryor, Rufus Thomas

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This is a filmed documentary of a black music festival held on August 20, 1972 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, sponsored by Stax Records and Schlitz Beer. The L.A./Watts riots demonstrated the community's urgent needs to the black show-business community. All the proceeds from the concert and this movie went to charity. Among the better-known performers were Isaac Hayes, The Emotions, The Staple Singers, Little Milton and Luther Ingram. Richard Pryor, at the peak of his form, hosts and provides scatological and satiric comic relief.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2019
UPC: 0883929690244
Original Release: 1972
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 11,658

Special Features

Audio and Video commentaries by rap/activist/musicologist Chuck D and music historian Rob Bowman Audio commentary by Isaac Hayes, director Mel Stuart, executive producer Al Bell and others "Rolling Down A Mountain" - Isaac Hayes performs the original 1973 version's finale Complete Albert King performance of "I'll Play the Blues for You" Original 1973 and special edition 2003 trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isaac Hayes Actor
Richard Pryor Actor
Rufus Thomas Actor
Kim Weston Actor
Albert King Actor
Staple Singers Actor
Johnnie Taylor Actor
Roebuck "Pops" Staples Himself
Bar-Kays Actor
Luther Ingram Actor
Jesse Jackson Participant
Emotions Actor
Carla Thomas Actor

Technical Credits
Mel Stuart Director,Producer
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Al Bell Executive Producer
Larry Clark Cinematographer
Forest Hamilton Associate Producer
Robert Lambert Editor
Robert Marks Cinematographer
Larry Shaw Producer
Charles C. Washburn Asst. Director
Richard Wells Sound/Sound Designer
David L. Wolper Executive Producer
Roderick Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wattstax (Special Edition)
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31

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Wattstax 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great snap shot of Black America in the 70s. This is not so much an examination into the secret lives of Black Americans but rather the ability to peek in on the mood, intellect and beauty of this American people.
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