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Year of the Horse (1997)

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This film documents Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 1996 concert tour. Jim Jarmusch interviews the band about their long history, and we see backstage footage from the 1970s and 1980s.

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This film documents Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 1996 concert tour. Jim Jarmusch interviews the band about their long history, and we see backstage footage from the 1970s and 1980s.

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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »
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8 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Year of the Horse: Neil Young and Crazy Horse Live  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,179 (USA) (10 October 1997)

Gross:

$189,491 (USA) (7 November 1997)
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Features RoboCop 3 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight's the Night
Written by Neil Young
Performed by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
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As great as RUST NEVER SLEEPS.

The point of this film is to catch the essence of Neil Young & Crazy Horse's strange sound. Their sound is interesting because it is based on pure emotions (according to Neil Young), and not so much on technical skills (if you listen to drummer Ralph Molina he plays like a 10-year old). This film should therefore appeal to anyone who's interested in music. In addition to that, in contains fantastic live performance by one of the truly great rock bands.

Why this film is good? It IS the essence of Crazy Horse - it is lo-fi, filmed with a shaky 8mm camera (but the sound is okay). It's trashy American feeling with the random interviews (like when guitarist "Poncho" questions why Jarmusch is doing this film) and all the on-the-road footage is also contributing to explaining how they work as a band, and therefore why the sound like they do. This film reflects the trashiness of Crazy Horse.


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