MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,872 this week

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 2,322 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 38 user | 63 critic | 32 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 04 Apr 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 12 Jun 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 30 Nov 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 03 Mar 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Neil Young: Heart of Gold.
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Jonathan Demme documentary of Neil Young and Crazy Horse performing 4 songs from the album "Sleeps With Angels."

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro, Billy Talbot
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Neil Young, Jim Jarmusch, Ralph Molina
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Directors: Derek Burbidge, Jonathan Demme, and 7 more credits »
Stars: Chrissie Hynde, Rosanna Arquette, Bono
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Spalding Gray tells about his participation in the film, "The Killing Fields" & the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A successful, ego-maniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Lisa Joyce
Fighting Mad (1976)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An Arkansas farmer stages a one-man war against corrupt land developers who want to evict him and his neighbors from their farms for real estate developments.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Peter Fonda, Gino Franco, Harry Northup
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Documentary covering Neil Young's October 22, 1978 concert performance at the Cow Palace.

Director: Neil Young
Stars: Neil Young, Ralph Molina, Frank 'Pancho' Sampedro
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: David Byrne, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir
Beloved (1998)
Drama | History | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Yada Beener
Cousin Bobby (1992)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A documentary about Director Jonathan Demme's cousin, an Episcopalian minister in Harlem.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Robert W. Castle, Jonathan Demme
We're with the Band (TV Movie 2005)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An improvised mockumentary ensemble comedy that follows Alanis Morissette and her crew around, on stage and off.

Director: Johanna Stein
Stars: Alanis Morissette, Greg Ellis, Jeff Rosenthal
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From the director of one of the greatest music movies ever - The Talking Heads' STOP MAKING SENSE See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 May 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Prairie Wind  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,827,544 (USA) (14 July 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Featured in Finishing Touches (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Far From Home
Written by Neil Young
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sublime concert film
2 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, United States) – See all my reviews

Neil Young turned 60 last year. It was not his easiest year. His father died, a man very dear to Young, the man who really started Young on his long musical career when he gave him an Arthur Godfrey ukulele when he was seven or so. To make a grievous year worse, Young was discovered to have a life threatening cerebral aneurysm and required two surgical procedures to correct it, operations that were sandwiched in between recording sessions for his newest album, "Prairie Wind." Nevertheless, he came back and, surrounded by his longtime favorite musician friends and others, gave a whale of a pair of concerts on August 18 and 19, 2005, at Nashville's fabled Ryman Auditorium, home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Jonathan Demme and a first rate camera crew shot the show, and this film is the result.

Demme, better known to many for his narrative films, like "The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia" and "Beloved," brings plenty of experience to making performance films as well. In 1984 he collaborated with David Byrne and Talking Heads to make the highly regarded concert film, "Stop Making Sense," and in 1998 he filmed a concert by Brit folk-soft rocker Robyn Hitchcock, "Storefront Hitchcock." He also filmed the late monologist Spalding Gray's "Swimming to Cambodia" in 1987, and has made short performance films and videos with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. "Heart of Gold" opens with brief, informal interview segments with several of the band members and a few glimpses of Nashville in the vicinity of The Ryman. Then we cut to the chase, the concert itself, which has two segments.

In the first part, Young and his band perform all but one of the 10 numbers on the "Prairie Wind" album; after that, there's a series of Young's past hits. There's just one song written by somebody else, Young's fellow Canadian Ian Tyson's wistful 1963 ballad, "Four Strong Winds," which Young tells the audience was an inspiration to him when he was getting started in music at age 17 or so. The concert is beautiful in every respect. Young still can deliver in his distinctively soulful, mellow, plains roots manner, often shifting up an octave into falsetto, a trademark sound of his. The accompanying musical group and their arrangements are all marvelous.

The cinematography, a team effort led by DP Ellen Kuras ("I Shot Andy Warhol," "Bamboozled," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "No Direction Home - Bob Dylan"), is sublime. Camera angles are imaginative; the shots are simple and held long, never distracting the viewer's attention from the musicians; and the focus is always on the stage, no swoopy audience shots are allowed. The editing, by Andy Keir ("Mandela," Beloved," "The Secret Lives of Dentists," "Off the Map") is just as it should be for a musical performance film: not a single song is interrupted even once. Stage backdrops in lovely colors - muted yellows and ochres – enhance the visual effects.

The concert nicely balanced the new with the old in Young's music. If the fresh songs from "Prairie Wind" don't include any obvious blockbuster hits in the making, the uniform virtuosity with which they are written and delivered indicates that Young's talent is still very much intact. Before a song inspired by his 21 year old daughter, Young says he used to write numbers like this for women his own age when he was young, and "I've still got a few left in me." Maybe I'm starting a new genre now, though, one for "empty nester" songs, he goes on to say.

Young doesn't shy away from nostalgia here. And why should he? At 60, a survivor of a bad year, with a wondrous songbook behind him, it is that time in life for anyone to begin to be reflective. He talks about his much used guitar, which he bought from Grant Boatwright years ago. It once belonged to Hank Williams, who played it on the Ryman stage in his last appearance there in 1951.

For anyone whose formative or defining life experiences were, like mine, sometimes accompanied by Young's music – from his 1968 hit with Buffalo Springfield, "I Am a Child," and "Heart of Gold," in 1972, onward – this concert is sure to be emotionally compelling. For that matter, anyone who appreciates country-pop music, and the images of traditional Americana it evokes, cannot fail to find satisfaction watching this movie, satisfaction we also see in the faces of the players themselves, several of whom have worked with Young for 30 years or more, so glad to be back on stage with each other and with Young, their leader, feeling stronger again and healing.

With Emmylou Harris (vocals, guitar), Ben Keith (band leader, steel guitar), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), Rick Rosas (bass), Grant Boatwright (guitar), Karl T. Himmel and Chad Cromwell (drums), Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns (trumpet), Neil's wife Pegi Young (vocals, guitar), Anthony Crawford (vocals, guitar), Diana Dewitt (vocals), Gary Pigg (vocals), Tom McGinley (tenor sax), Jimmy Sharp (guitar, vocals), Clinton Gregory (fiddle), Larry Cragg (guitar, banjo, trombone, fiddle, vocals, broom), the Fisk University Singers and The Nashville String Machine. My grade: A 10/10.


14 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
3 greatest songwriters of all time beearthur-1
Anyone else notice sync issues? Ed_Douglas
cortez the killer credited? hobemo
Mining Neil Young's Heart of Gold alkiguy1
film/trailer credits annac-10
U.K. release martay_dawe
Discuss Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page