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Neil Young: Heart of Gold

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Jonathan Demme

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About the Movie

In the fall of 2005, Neil Young returned to the sound and style of his iconic 1972 album Harvest with Prairie Wind, a set of ten songs which look to America's past and future accompanied by sweet but rough-hewn country-rock. The album was written and recorded after Young was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and shortly before he went into the hospital for surgery for the condition, Young played a pair of special concerts at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed the Prairie Wind album in full along with a set of old favorites. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme was on hand to film the shows, and Neil Young: Heart of Gold was culled from the best moments of those two concerts, as well as interviews in which Young talks about his life and music. Emmylou Harris appears as a guest vocalist, and Young's band includes long time accompanists Ben Keith on pedal steel, pianist Spooner Oldham and Pegi Young (Neil's wife) on acoustic guitar and backing vocals. By the way, Neil Young enjoyed a full recovery after his surgery.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 98
  • Fresh: 88
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Heart of Gold is the work of an egalitarian lover of music. Demme uses the camera as a divining rod, pointing at the man with the guitar. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Heart of Gold -- filmed in much the same manner [as Stop Making Sense], with pristine sound and a notable lack of audience shots -- is a deeper and infinitely more touching piece of work. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: It's movie and music bliss. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: One of the new year's most satisfying films. – Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Awesome as Usual

If I had to choose a hero in this world - I would choose good ole Neil! The guy amazes me! Thanks for helping me learn to play the guitar Neil! Keep Going!

Heart of Gold

Awesome music and video. Very emotional concert, especially to be appreciated by long term fans, but a great introduction to this legend if you are newly acquainted. Can't believe I didn't buy tickets to the concert!

Heart of Gold

Awsome!!! is an under statement. Neil Young is a master of 20th century art. He is at the top of an elite class of 20th century masters like: Roger Waters, Johny Cash and Elvis. A can't miss for Young fans.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Music Documentaries
  • Released: 2006

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