A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.



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A young aspiring rock guitarist is forced to become the musical director of the local marching band when his father is hit by a bus just four weeks before a major competition.

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The heart can be the greatest instrument of all


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Isabel Lucas and Mark Furze are both former stars of the Australian soap opera "Home and Away". See more »


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A good-old family movie!
18 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is definitely a must see! I just don't get it. A horrible Australian movie fully inspired by stupidity and brainlessness (sex, sex, sex, swearing, swearing, swearing) like the Make-Over wins a price in New York, whereas an honest family movie like "A heartbeat away" hardly gets any attention. Today we saw this movie and I think there were only 5 people in the cinema. Initially there were 7, but two teenage girls (approx. 15) walked out after approximately 20-30 minutes. I guess they were expecting more swearing, violence, killing, and sex on the big screen. I believe the world should make more movies like "A heartbeat away" and should turn back at a time where movies still had some honest drama and comedy to show, rather than endless and pointless killing of each other and blowing up as many buildings as possible. Teenagers want Dexter nowadays! Sure, as if making a hero out of someone who cuts up people in small pieces for fun is conveying an ethical message. Just wait 10-20 more years and watch a steady increase in more Columbine massacres occurring in front of your own eyes. I recommend taking your teenagers to "A heartbeat away" and show them a movie that is still fun to watch, has an interesting local story, good cinematography and shows teenagers how teenagers should be - rebellious within ethical boundaries. I scored "A heartbeat away" an 8/10! Why, because the producer didn't go for more violent crap and didn't get himself lured into a world of complete cinematographic BULLSH!T. We liked this movie and my almost 15 year old daughter also liked it - good on her! Go Australia - make more of these movies and show the rest of the world we do our own stuff and don't have to be brainless followers! And "yeah" RedDogMovie also looks very, very promising! Finally some real honest Aussie movies (much better than that crappy movie "Australia").

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