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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 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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1.85 : 1
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A glowing film about the best of American life.
26 May 2004 | by marc-262See all my reviews

America's Heart and Soul is one of the first documentaries to emerge from Disney in many years. It is easy to see why they selected this project for distribution -- it is upbeat, beautifully shot, and filled with enough stock quirky American characters to provide a counterpoint to the otherwise dramatic material. The film shares some features with the 360-degree surround films that have been a staple in the Disney theme parks -- the scenes are short vignettes featuring the lives of ordinary (and not so ordinary) Americans interspersed with soaring aerial shots of America's golden landscape.

Especially noteworthy are the stories of Michael Bennett, a convict turned Olympian; Erik Weihenmayer, a blind mountain climber; and Rick and Dick Hoyt, a father/son marathon team (Rick is paraplegic). Humor is provided by Paul Stone, and "artist" whose medium is explosives, and the folks at the Art Car Festival. But for sheer beauty it is hard to beat the segment on the Bandaloop Cliff Dancers.

Part biography, part travelogue, this film is not a documentary about American life as it is -- the gritty side of our nation is conspicuously absent. Instead it is a glowing portrait of what we deem best -- freedom (including the freedom to be incredibly silly), family, cultural diversity, caring, and determination. It's not a reality-check, it is a glorious vision. And, despite what some snootier critics might think, that's not always a bad thing. America's Heart and Soul is a great family film for anyone looking to see what's good and beautiful about America.


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