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Young@Heart (2007)
"Young @ Heart" (original title)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  23 May 2008 (USA)
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A documentary on a chorus of senior citizens from Massachusetts who cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Sonic Youth, and other unexpected musicians.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Benoit ...
Himself - aged 83
Helen Boston ...
Herself - aged 76
Louise Canady ...
Herself - aged 77
Elaine Fligman ...
Herself - aged 83
Jean Florio ...
Herself - aged 83
Len Fontaine ...
Himself - aged 86
Stan Goldman ...
Himself - aged 76
Jeanne Hatch ...
Herself - aged 79
Eileen Hall ...
Herself - aged 92
Donald Jones ...
Himself - aged 76
Fred Knittle ...
Himself - aged 80
Norma Landry ...
Herself - aged 78
John Larareo ...
Himself - aged 74
Patricia Larese ...
Herself - aged 75
Miriam Leader ...
Herself - aged 87
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Storyline

Documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81, and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs, for example, by James Brown, and Sonic Youth. Although they have toured Europe and sang for royalty, this account focuses on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town, which succeeds in spite of several real heart breaking events. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$50,937 (USA) (11 April 2008)

Gross:

$3,964,040 (USA) (19 September 2008)
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Trivia

Scenes in the "Golden Years" music video were filmed at two Massachusetts landmarks: the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round and Six Flags New England. See more »

Quotes

Fred Knittle: We went from continent to continent, til I became incontinent and then we didn't go any further.
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Crazy Credits

The end of the credits in the original European version of the movie featured a brief clip of Eileen Hall chatting with the production crew: "I feel sorry for you two - you with that camera and you with that thing, always bobbing up and down. Don't you get tired? Yeah, I bet you do." That clip was cut from the U.S. release and re-appeared as bonus material on the U.S. DVD release. See more »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Spiritual Bliss
Written & Performed by James S. Levine (as James Levine)
Published by Directors Cuts Music Library
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A unique look at the golden years
28 April 2008 | by (Grand Junction, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is a movie for people who want to see something real, sometimes uncomfortably so. The senior citizens in this documentary bare their souls to us in ways that make us laugh at some times, and fear for them at others.

Many people, aged or not, cling to their familiar values and preferences. The members of the Young at Heart chorus, with a little prodding, are willing to move out of their comfort zone to tackle unfamiliar musical territory in order to reach out to all generations.

This is a film about about perseverance, humbleness, teamwork, and aging. This documentary grabbed me right out of my seat and pulled me on to the screen. At any given time I was either smiling, laughing, or fighting back tears. Several times I started to stand and applaud, only to realize that I was looking at a movie screen and wasn't actually a member of the concert audience.

I found Young at Heart to be an inspiring film for the young, old, and in between.


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