Smile 'Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story (2008)

Genres - History, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Music History, Social History  |   Release Date - Jul 31, 2009 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Archival footage, photos, news clips, and interviews combine to offer a comprehensive overview of the clean-cut, buttoned-down singing youth group that attempted to change the world in the riotous 1960s. A true cultural phenomenon, Up with People performed in 47 languages to a global audience that included popes and kings; they even performed at the Super Bowl half-time show. As former members offer heartfelt reflections on their time with Up with People and what the group really mean to them personally, the viewer is presented with a thought-provoking glimpse into the cultural underbelly of politics, cults, and money.

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archival-footage, cultural-phenomenon, ideals, music-group, retrospective, singer, youth