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

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Release Date:

11 May 2006 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Prairie Wind  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »

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Closing dedication: for daddy See more »


Referenced in Fellow Travelers (2006) See more »


Needle And The Damage Done
Written by Neil Young
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Prairie Wind is gorgeous and complex
26 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, I'm a long time Neil fan, and I must admit to a little trepidation upon going to see this film tonight; one of the great things about Neil is that you never know what you're going to get. Prairie Wind turns out to be a beautiful meditation on mortality and age. Age is everywhere in this movie: Neil's never looked older (though he still looks great), Emmy Lou Harris's crystalline beauty is yielding to age (though her smile after the dog tune was still as radiant as ever); Larry Cragg is, well, craggier than ever. Mixed in here are the recent death of Neil's father, the coming of age of his daughter Amber, and his own brush with mortality in the form of a brain aneurysm. Jonathan Demme's work allows the luminosity to shine through undiminished; the ambivalence and intensity contained in some of the songs, especially 'When God Made Me' is amplified by the Demme's fearless framing and ability to stay on a single shot minute after minute. Neil Fans: Look for a few great cameos: Old Black being played by someone who is not Neil; Larry Cragg playing the banjo lick on 'Old Man' (sweet); and even Cortez the Killer makes an appearance (but not inside the Ryman). Notice Pegi's gracious reaction when Neil dedicates a tune to Nicolette Larson. I had the great pleasure to see the film with my young son, and it was moving to see him take it all in. All in all, a really moving movie....I'll be seeing it again.

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