“Young @ Heart” Documentary To Hit Theaters in 2008

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Young @ Heart Documentary In Theaters Spring 2008

UPDATE: (04.19.08)Young@Heart is enjoying widespread acclaim, and the group has a rare live performance coming up in late April. Check out the reviews and video from their most recent show.

Here’s a documentary you can consider “high concept”: A collection of elder folks perform modern rock songs from bands like Coldplay, Sonic Youth and The Ramones.

They are the Young @ Heart chorus, a Massachusetts-based group that began in 1982, and star in Stephen Walker’s celebrated British documentary Young @ Heart. Fox Searchlight just acquired the film and Variety reports a big screen release for Spring 2008.

Between YouTube and the network news, you may have already caught a video from these intriguing seniors. If you haven’t … you should.

Their performances can be painfully melancholy — Coldplay’s “Fix You” is a knockout — or ridiculously campy when singing a punk anthem like “I Wanna Be Sedated.” (Especially when the guy singing “Put me in a wheelchair” actually IS in a wheelchair.)

This chorus is such a curiosity that Working Title Films already acquired the rights for a remake. Sounds like Mad Hot Ballroom all over again — but at the twilight of life.

QUESTION: If you’ve seen Young @ Heart’s performances or videos, what do you think? Are you interested in the documentary? TELL US

Photo courtesy: Paul Shoul

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14 Comments


  1. verndale1, 10 years ago Reply

    I can’t help but be reminded of the Johnny Cash version of Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails) –

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go

    Haunting and beautiful in it’s simplicity and tone when sung from a different perspective


  2. Norm S., 10 years ago Reply

    Agreed. And it seems like many of these folks have great stage presence and a hell of a sense of humor.

    I’m going to see if I can get a copy of this movie and report back to you guys. If anyone has seen the film at the LA Film Festival, let us know.

    -Norm S.


  3. leana, 9 years ago Reply

    Young at Heart should not be missed. It is about life at its purist. Bravo to all of the chorusters and those who have supported them through their miraculous performances.


  4. Norm S., 9 years ago Reply

    - leana –

    Thanks for the recommendation. Looking forward to seeing this — it seems like it will knock people on their butts, especially with the growing population of elders in the U.S.

    -Norm S.


  5. paul shoul, 9 years ago Reply

    Hey folks, love the site, but please credit me for the Young at heart photo and link link to my site
    http://www.paulshoulphotography.com/
    Thanks.
    Paul Shoul


  6. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Paul –

    Thanks for the good words Paul. Consider your credit request done. And for anyone interested in this chorale group, check out Paul’s exceptional photo gallery.

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)


  7. marge leibowitz, 9 years ago Reply

    Young@Heart made this ‘young’ senior sing and dance. A great look at getting old and how doing what you like keeps you feeling like a teenager–well maybe not that young! The documentary gives the audience a glimpse of how ”llfe ‘ can be on the other side of 60 and deals with the loss of friends with dignity s well. A must see!


  8. marilyn seidenberg, 9 years ago Reply

    Smiled thru all the ups and downs-seniors thinking they “can’t” do what the youngins can should see this movie and say–“yes, I can”-maybe slower but just as enjoyable!


  9. Marianna D., 9 years ago Reply

    Loved this movie! I’m 52 years now and looking into the future some. This film shows a younger side of growing older and that it is up to each of us to keep a young spirit within to be fully alive and well!


  10. Norm Schrager, 9 years ago Reply

    - Marianna D. –

    Thanks for the feedback. This one seems to have caught viewers’ attention across the age groups, and that’s pretty rare for a movie.

    -Norm S. (Meet In the Lobby)


  11. Connie, 9 years ago Reply

    I can not express how wonderful I thought this was. I watched it on tv and had tears through out the show. I love what these beautiful souls are doing and how they helped me embrace the aging process. You have touched my heart and soul in more ways than you’ll ever know. We are never to old to do what we love most, this you have taught me :) I am 40 now and hope that I live long enough to enjoy what I love to do.
    God Bless!


  12. Connie, 9 years ago Reply

    I can not express how wonderful I thought this was. I watched it on tv and had tears through out the show. I love what these beautiful souls are doing and how they helped me embrace the aging process. You have touched my heart and soul in more ways than you’ll ever know. We are never to old to do what we love most, this you have taught me :) I am 40 now and hope that I live long enough to enjoy what I love to do.
    God Bless!


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