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American Harmony (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary , Music | May 2009 (USA)
Every year thousands compete in the world's greatest singing competition - that you've never heard of. AMERICAN HARMONY journeys deep into the ultra-obsessive, zany, and heartfelt world of ... See full summary »

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Aengus James
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Credited cast:
Greg Clancy Greg Clancy ... Himself
Patrick Claypool Patrick Claypool ... Himself
Eric Dalbey Eric Dalbey ... Himself
Tony DeRosa Tony DeRosa ... Himself
Sean Devine Sean Devine ... Himself
Mark Hale Mark Hale ... Himself
Chris Hallam Chris Hallam ... Himself
Jim Henry Jim Henry ... Himself
Cory Hunt Cory Hunt ... Himself
Joe Hunter Joe Hunter ... Himself
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis ... Himself
Jonny Moroni Jonny Moroni ... Himself
Jeff Oxley Jeff Oxley ... Himself
Mark Paul Mark Paul ... Himself
Roger Payne Roger Payne ... Himself
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Every year thousands compete in the world's greatest singing competition - that you've never heard of. AMERICAN HARMONY journeys deep into the ultra-obsessive, zany, and heartfelt world of competitive barbershop singing, where passion is equaled only by raw talent, and the reward is not fame or fortune, but simply victory. The film focuses on four quartets vying to win the International Championships of Barbershop Singing, in what turns out to be the closest and most controversial victory in its 70 year history. Max Q is the heavy favorite - a superstar quartet comprised of former Champions. Looking to upset them is OC Times (The Heart-Throbs), Vocal Spectrum (The Rookies) and Reveille, an aging foursome who that has been together for 30 years. In total, fifty quartets duke it out for the coveted gold medal, while facing the pressures of quartet life - from big egos to brain cancer and everything in between. Written by Colin King Miller

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The story of three very different quartets, each on a mission to win the most prestigious singing competition no one has ever heard of.

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated

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USA

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English

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May 2009 (USA) See more »

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$265,000 (estimated)
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Thoroughly entertaining, and touching, too
30 September 2012 | by jbergez-1See all my reviews

I sat down to catch a few minutes of this documentary, to see whether I might want to make real time to view it at a later date. An hour and a half later, I unglued myself from the couch, having been thoroughly entertained and, in the process, educated a little about a world I knew absolutely nothing about. You should know this IS a documentary, not a music or concert movie; probably it will leave you wishing you could have heard more of the singing, including complete songs rather than snippets. But the film's center of gravity is the personalities and drive of the singers, the joy they bring to audiences and themselves, and the rigors of barbershop competition. If you're like me, you'll find the subject way more fascinating than you imagine going in, and the competitors a delight to get to know.


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