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 Joe Benoit ... Self - aged 83 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Helen Boston Helen Boston ... Self - aged 76 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Louise Canady Louise Canady ... Self - aged 77 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Elaine Fligman Elaine Fligman ... Self - aged 83 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Jean Florio Jean Florio ... Self - aged 83 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Len Fontaine Len Fontaine ... Self - aged 86 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Stan Goldman Stan Goldman ... Self - aged 76 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Jeanne Hatch Jeanne Hatch ... Self - aged 79 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Eileen Hall Eileen Hall ... Self - aged 92 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Donald Jones Donald Jones ... Self - aged 76 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Fred Knittle Fred Knittle ... Self - aged 80 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Norma Landry Norma Landry ... Self - aged 78 - Young @ Heart Chorus
John Larareo John Larareo ... Self - aged 74 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Patricia Larese Patricia Larese ... Self - aged 75 - Young @ Heart Chorus
Miriam Leader Miriam Leader ... Self - aged 87 - Young @ Heart Chorus
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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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You're Never Too Old To Rock. See more »

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Eileen Hall: Don't get nervous until I start taking something off.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Independent Lens: Young@Heart (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Sky
Written & Performed by Patrick Hawes
Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Seven weeks till opening night, the trials and triumphs of a chorus of over 70's
20 March 2008 | by danddinmontSee all my reviews

JUST saw this film for the SECOND time! Liked it even better! Friends who were also at the screening in unison had just one word for the film...GREAT!

For openers, this is a film about a group of people whose average age is about eighty, during the course of the film which covers slightly less than two months, several of the group die; I won't reveal which ones.

At the age of the groups' members, imminent death is a constant, and the death of fellow member is a sad experience but whether it's due to the legendary New England fortitude of the members, the strength of the group, or the power of the music they are all able to accept the inevitable with equanimity, and return to the task at hand, preparing for a performance.

And what a performance! Several members in interviews state that their favorite type of music is opera, but what they're singing with the group includes James Brown, Jimmy Hendrix and forward...this group is not about nostalgia!

I would have liked more information about the backgrounds of some of the singers, because although they now all reside in Mass., there are reasons, (such as regional accents) to think this was not always thus.

This film will probably end up under the microscopes of gerontologists, who should glean considerable information about the learning abilities, energy and enthusiasm of a group of people not generally noted for these qualities.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young@Heart See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,937, 13 April 2008

Gross USA:

$3,992,189

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,097,002
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(European Film Market)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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