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America's Heart & Soul (2004)

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Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg hits the road to capture America's people and its natural beauty.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Woodard ... Dairy Farmer, Waterbury, Vermont
Charles Jimmie Sr. Charles Jimmie Sr. ... Tlingit Indian Elder, Klukwan, Alaska
The Vasquez Brothers The Vasquez Brothers ... Salsa Dancers, Los Angeles, California
Frank Pino Frank Pino ... Rock Band, Waltham, Massachusetts
David Pino David Pino ... Rock Band, Waltham, Massachusetts
John 'Yac' Yacobellis John 'Yac' Yacobellis ... Bike Messenger, New York, New York
Patty Wagstaff Patty Wagstaff ... Acrobatic Flyer, St. Augustine, Florida
Paul Stone Paul Stone ... Explosive Art, Creede, Colorado
Ed Holt Ed Holt ... Wine Grower, Santa Maria, California
Weirton Steelworkers Weirton Steelworkers ... Themselves, Weirton, West Virginia
Cecil Williams Cecil Williams ... Himself - Glide Church, San Francisco, California (as Rev. Cecil Williams)
Janice Miriktani Janice Miriktani ... Executive Director, Glide Church, San Francisco, California
David Krakauer David Krakauer ... Klezmer Clarinetist, New York, New York
James Andrews James Andrews ... Jazz Musician, New Orleans, Louisiana
Trombone Shorty ... Jazz Musician, New Orleans, Louisiana
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America is a vast country--three thousand miles from end to end. But it's not the land that makes America so special--it's the people. Filmmaker Louis Schwartzberg packed-up his camera and hit the road, with a goal of capturing both the unparalleled beauty of the land and the incomparable spirit of the people. He connects with people, capturing their values, dreams, and passion in a journey that reveals the stories--unusual, captivating, inspiring and emotional--that make Americans into something more than a collection of individuals. It's a celebration of a nation told through the voices of its people. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements.
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$184,917, 4 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$314,000, 25 July 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR | SDDS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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A Stunning Celebration of America
12 June 2005 | by tigger_68See all my reviews

This is a visually stunning and emotionally moving tribute to the everyday people that make America great. Unlike those films that live to tell us how horrible things are, this one shows the faith, love and determination that make this nation.

While some chose to focus on celebrity, this shows everyday people. From a farmer and his son in Vermont to a father and his disabled son who run the Boston Marathon, it is a heartwarming view of good and decent people.

The cinematography is breathtaking and the director made the wonderful choice to not have a narrator, referring to allow the people to tell their own stories.

I've noticed many find this to be bad because they see it as somehow patriotic (I guess for some people that is a bad thing). Many also blast it for being a pro-Bush or post 9/11 rally film.

Perhaps they failed to listen to the audio commentary by the filmmaker who points out that most of this was filmed BEFORE 9/11. Indeed he has been working on it for 20 years, so a good portion of it was made during the CLINTON years. Perhaps it's OK if it supports him ?

Nor do they take into account the fact that, from what I've been able to find out on the net, the filmmaker is actually a Democrat who did not support Bush in 2004.

I won't go into the debate over diversity in the film since many have already pointed out that the film is quite diverse.

I think this film taps into the real divide in America today. Most people in the United States love this country, regardless of whether they are liberal or conservative. They may dislike policies or leaders, but they love the country.

A small group simply hates America. To they all is bad, nothing is good, and any optimism or positive thought is wrong.

That angry elite may find this beneath their standards, but for most of us it is a wonderful 90 minutes.


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