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Young@Heart (2007)

Young @ Heart (original title)
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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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The story of a chorus whose members are all senior citizens who specialize in rock 'n' roll covers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Benoit Joe Benoit ... Himself - aged 83
Helen Boston Helen Boston ... Herself - aged 76
Louise Canady Louise Canady ... Herself - aged 77
Elaine Fligman Elaine Fligman ... Herself - aged 83
Jean Florio Jean Florio ... Herself - aged 83
Len Fontaine Len Fontaine ... Himself - aged 86
Stan Goldman Stan Goldman ... Himself - aged 76
Jeanne Hatch Jeanne Hatch ... Herself - aged 79
Eileen Hall Eileen Hall ... Herself - aged 92
Donald Jones Donald Jones ... Himself - aged 76
Fred Knittle Fred Knittle ... Himself - aged 80
Norma Landry Norma Landry ... Herself - aged 78
John Larareo John Larareo ... Himself - aged 74
Patricia Larese Patricia Larese ... Herself - aged 75
Miriam Leader Miriam Leader ... Herself - aged 87
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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 »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the men claims they'll keep performing as long as 'the good lord's willing and the creek don't rise.' That was the famous sign-off of Hank Williams (Sr.) on his country music radio programs from the 1930s and 40s. 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 »


Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written by James Brown
© Fort Knox Music Inc. and Lark Music Ltd.
Published by Lark Music Ltd.
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Performed by Stan Goldman, Dora B. Morrow and The Young@Heart Chorus
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A unique look at the golden years
28 April 2008 | by jeffreylincolnSee all my reviews

This is a movie for people who want to see something real, sometimes uncomfortably so. The senior citizens in this documentary bare their souls to us in ways that make us laugh at some times, and fear for them at others.

Many people, aged or not, cling to their familiar values and preferences. The members of the Young at Heart chorus, with a little prodding, are willing to move out of their comfort zone to tackle unfamiliar musical territory in order to reach out to all generations.

This is a film about about perseverance, humbleness, teamwork, and aging. This documentary grabbed me right out of my seat and pulled me on to the screen. At any given time I was either smiling, laughing, or fighting back tears. Several times I started to stand and applaud, only to realize that I was looking at a movie screen and wasn't actually a member of the concert audience.

I found Young at Heart to be an inspiring film for the young, old, and in between.


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