Young @ Heart

Young @ Heart

DVD - 2008
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Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Mass. See the final weeks of rehearsal for the group, 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 that range from James Brown to Coldplay. Although the group has toured in Europe and sang for royalty, they are now focusing 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.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Young at Heart
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LPL_MeredithW Aug 07, 2016

This charming documentary follows a community choir of senior singers who perform rock and pop songs as they prepare for a major upcoming performance. It’s alternately hilarious and devastating; many of the performers are in poor health, and - spoiler alert - not all of them will make it to the final show. Make sure you’ve got a box of tissues handy for the choir’s rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

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Jennie_d05
Feb 05, 2016

Joyful and life affirming, this film follows a Senior Chorus over a year. This is what aging can, and should look like!

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mindybuck
Jan 30, 2016

Really sweet movie. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

JCLHannahJaneC Nov 07, 2014

“Age gracefully? I think not! Age ferociously instead.”
After watching this movie I think I know who came up with that saying.
Barely twenty minutes into the film I was clapping and singing and having as much fun as the choir. I was incredibly impressed with the choir’s level of dedication and enthusiasm. Many members had health issues, some life-threatening, but when their voices united they overcame their problems. At an average age of 80, the health issues did not surprise me. I was, however, surprised by the tenacity of the choir and the strength of their singing.
In addition to fierce musicality, there was a powerful sense of camaraderie and a hefty dose of humor. At one point a member of the choir says “we went from continent to continent until I became incontinent.”
My favorite moments included “I Want to be Sedated” originally covered by The Ramones and The Pointer Sisters piece, “Yes We Can Can.”

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notthatjenn
Oct 22, 2014

It's never too late to love life. I watch this movie over again every year and delight in watching a simple senior citizens's choir turn into a full-fledged phenomenon.

carlcav Sep 30, 2013

In 1982, Bob Cilman was working in a Northampton Massachusetts nursing home, feeding residents, when one of his colleagues suggested he play guitar with the old folks after supper. Cilman had had a short-lived career in rock ‘n’ roll (most memorably in a local R&B band called “The Self-Righteous Brothers”) and decided to give it a shot.

Turned out that the seniors loved to sing, especially old favourites like “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Bicycle Built For Two”. Their families were thrilled when Cilman put on shows, but the songs that really grabbed listeners in their early performances were the gently scurrilous rock tunes like “Doo Wa Diddy” and “Louie Louie”. It helped that one of the residents was a retired stripper.

Cilman saw an opportunity, and before long “The Young At Heart Chorus” was touring the region. Just before the new millennium they became Young@Heart and were doing concerts in Europe. Audiences loved their bemused but enthusiastic takes on songs as diverse as The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” and The Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive”.

British filmmaker Steven Walker was so taken by Young@Heart that he followed them home to Northampton in 2007 and documented their seven-week preparation for a new tour. Seven weeks to learn a raft of new songs, including punk-rock anthem “Schizophrenia” by Sonic Youth, and Alain Toussaint’s cajun dazzler “Yes We Can” – notable for repeating the word “can” 72 times in rapid, syncopated, succession.

Cilman clearly adores his group, whose members range in age from 73 to 92, but he is demanding and often confrontational. The opera and jazz-loving seniors, who are often mystified and offended by Cilman’s musical choices, also struggle with the health problems endemic to their stage of life. By opening night we’re genuinely not sure if there’ll be delight or disaster.

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BBeeBryn
Jun 29, 2013

Uplifting. This film shows the spirit never had to grow old.

VahiniG May 25, 2012

This doc was great! I was even skeptical about it at first. I laughed a lot and liked the renditions of the songs. I love older people! My favourite line is when this gentleman is singing "I Feel Good" by James Brown and uses the line "I feel nice, like sugar and rice." It doesn't get much better than that!

Infolass Jan 31, 2012

Uplifting documentary reminding us of the power of music and that you are never too old to embrace what life has to offer. Every community should have a choir like this one.

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markd
Jan 02, 2012

This was fun - a documentary about a seniors' choral group called "Young at Heart" - from Massachusetts. They perform rock and roll songs. They do a good job and have a great attitude towards life.

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