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Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

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A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Keith ...
Spooner Oldham ...
Rick Rosas ...
Karl T. Himmel ...
Himself (as Karl Himmel)
Chad Cromwell ...
Wayne Jackson ...
Pegi Young ...
Grant Boatwright ...
Diana DeWitt ...
Gary W. Pigg ...
Himself (as Gary Pigg)
Anthony Crawford ...
Tom McGinley ...
Jimmy Sharp ...


A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

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Filmed in concert over two nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium See more »


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Rated PG for some drug-related lyrics | See all certifications »

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11 May 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Prairie Wind  »

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$53,908 (USA) (10 February 2006)


$1,827,544 (USA) (14 July 2006)

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Grant Boatwright plays Neil's 1953 Les Paul during "No Wonder". This is the only song to feature an electric guitar in the film. See more »


Several times in the film and bonus material, Neil's Martin D-45 is referred as a "B-45" when subtitled. See more »

Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: for daddy See more »


Referenced in Heart of Gold: 'Rehearsal Diaries' (2006) See more »


Needle And The Damage Done
Written by Neil Young
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Concert gold.
3 March 2006 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

When Neil Young breaks from singing his own lyrical compositions in Neil Young: Heart of Gold to sing what he calls the most beautiful song ever composed, I knew exactly which Canadian piece it would be, for it was mine too. I listened as a young man to Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds" for an entire evening, over and over, as Young did emptying his pockets for a juke box at i6 years old in Calgary. Young had my heart for this performance and a lifetime.

At this point in Jonathan Demme's two days of filming Young and friends at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, weeks before his operation for a brain aneurysm, I also knew this was the best concert film I had seen in recent memory.

Young's singing Tyson's song symbolized the real heart of gold he so obviously has calling someone else's work the best. In this film, however, no one could be better than Young. His voice seems to have lost none of its resonance and feeling since his searching for a heart of gold song made him almost iconic; his stories, such as one about his guitar coming from Hank Williams and then set to song in The Old Guitar, make the only bridges necessary among songs in a concert of songs. When he duets with Emmylou Harris on that song, her delivery seems consciously stoic in order to let Young's understated performance be the gold standard that night.

Demme, who has successes with Stop Making Sense and Storefront Hitchcock, concentrates most of his shots on close-ups of Young, whose low-key style demands the audience get as close as possible. The backgrounds change on the theme of his new album, Prairie Wind, so that a new mural of the southwest is brought across as the songs change.

Concert gold.

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