Young @ Heart

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Young @ Heart
Young at Heart Chorus is based in Northampton, Massachusetts. 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. The group has toured Europe and sung for royalty. Now they are focusing on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town.

Published: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2008.
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.5409 YOU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Nov 14, 2014
  • mMat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


The engagement of our singing elders is heart-warming on this DVD.

33 & 1/3 ''thumbs up''.

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.”

Oct 22, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 30, 2013
  • carlcav rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 29, 2013
  • BBeeBryn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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

May 25, 2012
  • VahiniG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

Jan 31, 2012
  • Infolass rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 02, 2012
  • markd rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 18, 2010
  • sit_walk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting film that I initially dismissed but rather enjoyed when I actually saw it. Including a version of Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia" was a stroke of genius.

Mar 18, 2010

This was a great film! I'd love to see them perform. It gives us hope for something fun to do when we get old - something to keep us out of trouble!

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