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Synopsis

Documentary covering a Stax Records-sponsored all-day concert at the 1972 Watts Summer Festival with performances by Stax Records artists such as Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staples Singers, and more.

Cast

  • The Dramatics
  • The Staple Singers
  • Kim Weston
  • Jimmy Jones
  • Rance Allen
  • The Emotions
  • William Bell
  • Louise McCord
  • Debra Manning
  • Eric Mercury

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Metacritic

75

Wattstax is a disorienting and ironic moviegoing experience. It's a film about the curative powers of rhythm-and-blues music that sets out to frustrate your sense of rhythm in its insistence on the blues.

Metacritic review by Wesley Morris
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe