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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 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


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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You're Never Too Old To Rock. See more »


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Young at Heart  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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(European Film Market)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Bob Cilman: Jean, did you see that white light that everybody talks about?
Jean Florio: [laughing] No. I refused to look.
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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 »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 12 April 2008 (2008) See more »


Yes We Can Can
Written by Allen Toussaint
Published by Ardmore and Beechwood/EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Steve Martin and The Young@Heart Chorus
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3 April 2008 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie at the Philadelphia Film Festival. This was an excellent feel good movie. I highly recommend it. It's the type of movie (documentary really) that more Hollywood Studios should make. In the Q&A afterwards, the director commented on how hard it was to get musical releases for the various songs. When you see the movie, you will understand why because the songs were sung by many famous performers and the producers got all of the releases but one, U2's One. During the scene in which one of the characters is in the hospital the scene was supposed to show the character singing One in a past performance interlaced with the current event. Alas, since U2 didn't agree to release the rights, it will never be shown. The director commented that so many people on the production staff would stop in the editing room just to see it. Once you see the movie, you will understand why I say, U2 sucks!

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