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Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  11 May 2006 (Australia)
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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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Ben Keith ...
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Spooner Oldham ...
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Rick Rosas ...
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Karl T. Himmel ...
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Chad Cromwell ...
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Wayne Jackson ...
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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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From the director of one of the greatest music movies ever - The Talking Heads' STOP MAKING SENSE See more »

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

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

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$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 »

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

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Closing dedication: for daddy See more »

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Referenced in Fellow Travelers (2006) See more »

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Here For You
Written by Neil Young
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Neil Fans Will Love It, Others May Be More Age-Related
19 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hard for me to filter out my decades-long love for this man and his music from my comments.

As a "Concert-Movie"--and I've seen most of them going back to the early 1970s-- it might be the best I have ever seen.

I'm absolutely planning to see it again, maybe more than once. Demme's touch allowing the musicians/the music/the locale to tell the stories was masterful; I felt the editing might have been technically a bit choppy but as "grit/context" it was excellent (kind of "Last Waltz" like but a bit smoother).

But the sub-text that will get to some but not all Neil Young fans (I feel all Neil fans will flat-out absolutely love this movie): this great great man and musician is clearly reflecting on his life in his music, in his banter and in his eyes.

The aneurysm was an unbelievable muse, both in looking back and (hopefully,gently) looking forward. He like me (I'm about his age)--and this is why I suspect the degree of connection to this film might be somewhat related to age--knows most is behind, we hope there's still stuff ahead. This was in there somewhere in each of the film's songs.

The close-ups of everyone are off-putting at first and then I came to treasure the "intimacy".

And never before have I witnessed a film's content-- the great songs that made the final cut--so consistently compatible with this awesome "old man, taking a look at (his) life", surrounded by his "friends" (those that are left), in words, music and atmosphere.

Music lovers: don't miss this movie. Great job by Mr. Demme!!!


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