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Director: Stephen Walker

Cast: Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady

The Young@Heart Chorus is a vocal group from Northampton, MA, who have earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, the Ramones, and the Clash. However, this isn't a teenage garage band attacking the classic punk rock songbook -- the


The Young@Heart Chorus is a vocal group from Northampton, MA, who have earned an international reputation for their unique interpretations of songs by Sonic Youth, the Ramones, and the Clash. However, this isn't a teenage garage band attacking the classic punk rock songbook -- the Young@Heart Chorus is comprised of 22 senior citizens whose average age is 80, and under director Bob Cilman they've gained a degree of fame for their enthusiastic a cappella renditions of well-known rock & roll tunes. Filmmaker Stephen Walker spent several weeks with the members of the Young@Heart Chorus as they rehearsed for their annual concert in Northampton, and Young@Heart is a documentary which offers a look at their rigorous rehearsal process, the background of several members, and their efforts to stay active and think positive, even as their friends succumb to old age. Produced for British television, Young@Heart was screened in competition at the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The thought of a documentary about a choir of 80-year-olds performing songs by the Clash and Sonic Youth might be enough to send the average person running for an insulin injection, but for the most part Young@Heart director Stephen Walker keeps the sappiness to a minimum. Occasionally, Walker can't help playing up the inherent cuteness of the conceit, but those moments are more than tempered, however, by film's two most fascinating people -- Bob Cilman and Fred Knittle. Cilman, the dedicated middle-aged director of the choir, treats his senior singers not like helpless retirees, but like the members of the working ensemble he expects them to be. He is a taskmaster who wants things done right, sometimes showing a lack of patience that humanizes both him and his performers. If Cilman had been behind the camera instead of Walker, the movie might have avoided its occasional flights of greeting-card sentimentality. Fred Knittle, an 81-year-old who performs a mesmerizing version of Coldplay's "Fix You" during the film's climactic concert, towers over the film. He is a strong and engaging personality whose remarkable life spirit stands in stark contrast to his obviously declining physical state. As death comes to some of the group members, and we see how those still living react to those events, the movie audience understands that the majority of these people have long since accepted that mortality is close at hand. Knittle faces these cold hard truths with his modesty, his talent, and his appreciation for what he has in the here and now. He and his companions rage against the dying of the light by singing, and what could be more punk than that?

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; 10 deleted scenes; Young @ Heart Goes to Hollywood

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Benoit Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Helen Boston Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Louise Canady Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Bob Cilman Himself - Young@Heart Chorus Musical Director
Elaine Fligman Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Jean Florio Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Len Fontaine Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Stan Goldman Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Eileen Hall Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Jeanne Hatch Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Donald Jones Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Fred Knittle Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Norma Landry Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
John Larareo Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Miriam Leader Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Patsy Linderme Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Brock Lynch Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Steve Martin Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Joe Mitchell Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Dora B. Morrow Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Gloria Parker Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Liria Petrides Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Ed Rehor Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Bob Salvini Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Jack Schnepp Himself - Young@Heart Chorus
Janice St. Laurence Herself - Young@Heart Chorus
Stephen Walker Narrator

Technical Credits
Stephen Walker Director
Hannah Beckerman Executive Producer
Tracy Garrett Production Manager
Sally George Producer
Chris King Editor
Mark Mandler Sound/Sound Designer
Eddie Marritz Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Young @ Heart
1. Like No Other (Main Titles) [4:03]
2. Seven Weeks Away [4:15]
3. You Gotta Get the Rhythm [2:46]
4. Come On, Boys [4:03]
5. Six Weeks to Go [6:15]
6. Icing on the Cake [3:12]
7. Magnetic Charm [2:23]
8. Back in the Saddle [5:58]
9. Five Weeks to Go [5:24]
10. Still a Sexy Beast [5:41]
11. I Lov What I'm Doing [3:43]
12. Ten Days Later [4:38]
13. Making Good Time [4:10]
14. Pressing On [5:09]
15. This Is for Bob [5:42]
16. Happy Birthday! [1:36]
17. Up and Around [4:23]
18. Take Care of Yourself [3:31]
19. The Sweetest Guy [1:29]
20. Sold Out [3:43]
21. Sonic Seniors [5:06]
22. Act II [4:45]
23. Yes We Can! [8:12]
24. Curtain Call (End Titles) [3:36]


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Young@Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a heartwarming movie. It is not perfect and it does drag a bit, but the singing and the personalities make up for it. I will forever remember the man sitting in a chair because he could not stand up, hooked up to oxygen, singing, &quot Fix You&quot by Coldplay. I ordered this as a gift for all of my family for Christmas. My 81 year old father in particular will enjoy this film.
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This movie gave me a whole new view and appreciation for growing old. All I can say is I'm going to find a group like this one to join in my old age. Great, fantastic, refreshing, I smiled, I laughed, I cried.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very moving, emotional, and engaging!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This documovie was just amazing. I saw it first with my daughter. We laughed and cried. She took her entire family to see it and even the ten year old loved it. It was so inspiring to see seniors struggling to stay viable in their twilight years. It was heart wrenching to see what the aging process does to our minds and our bodies and it was exhilarating to see that you can't keep the spirit down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never one to say &quot I hope I die before I get old&quot . I have embraced what aging brings. That said, I am almost half the age of these incredible human beings. This movie touched me deeply. I have a newfound appreciation for my elders and would love to share this profound, sweet, touching film with everyone I know. It also makes one realize just how fragile and special this life of ours is. I will also tell my customers about this film and recommend it highly (a retail store).
CarolJWright More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other reviewers. My mom is 88 with mid level Alzheimer's, and she really got into this movie when we saw it in the theatre. I bought it the day it was available on DVD. Really, you will buckle a few times. When the group sang for the prisoners out in the exercise yard, they were all "like look at the cute old farts coming to sing for us. What, like 'O Suzanna'?" HA, they were all swideswiped, transformed. Give this movie a chance. I hope the movie will revolutionize music programs in senior centers and nursing homes. You wouldn't believe my mother can't tell me what the names are of knife/fork/spoon, but she can dive totally into deeply felt and performed music, especially if she can see it. Very therapeutic.
LynJameson More than 1 year ago
I've shown the "Young at Heart" DVD to friends several times, and loaned it out two or three times, all to rave reviews of loving it, too. I live in a retirement commun ity and it will be shown to the residents here in the near future. The members of our 30 voiced choral group will LOVE seeing this DVD. Thanks. Lyn Jameson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully moving movie! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll leave this movie delighted and energized. These "young" rockers are totally amazing!
suekuku More than 1 year ago
I saw it in the theatres and had to buy it for myself -- and I don't buy many movies anymore. This is a documentary about a real senior citizens' rock choir. Really, because you just can't make this stuff up. It is inspiring, funny, and heartbreaking. Be prepared to be crying from laughter (music videos like "I want to be sedated" are a scream) and from sadness because not everyone is alive by the end. If you haven't seen this, don't delay! You won't be scared about the "twilight years" after seeing what these people can do!
skiffymom More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming documentary about a choir of seniors (70s and older, for the most part) who sing pop and punk hits from recent decades with charm and verve. The filmmakers introduce viewers in some depth to several choir members and the director. Their interviews add substance and nuance, and some of their insights are key to appreciating the drama that unfolds as several choir members become ill or worse. I also prize this film for its affirmation of the life-giving power of the arts to enrich, strengthen and revitalize us, even when we are not at the height of our powers.
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