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Tears Are Not Enough (1985)

A documentary on the recording of hit song "Tears Are Not Enough", performed by Canadian artists, musicians and actors under the name Northern Lights.


John Zaritsky
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Credited cast:
Bryan Adams ... Himself
Bruce Allen ... Himself
Véronique Béliveau ... Herself
John Candy ... Himself
Robert Charlebois ... Himself
Claude Dubois ... Himself
David Foster ... Himself
Corey Hart ... Himself
Mark Holmes Mark Holmes ... Himself
Paul Hyde Paul Hyde ... Himself
Geddy Lee ... Himself
Eugene Levy ... Himself
Gordon Lightfoot ... Himself
Joni Mitchell ... Herself
Anne Murray ... Herself


A documentary on the recording of hit song "Tears Are Not Enough", performed by Canadian artists, musicians and actors under the name Northern Lights.

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25 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Written by Scott McKenzie
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An excellent documentary
6 September 2005 | by barry-gooldSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it aired in Canada. It's an excellent documentary that shows the creative process that went in to the recording of this excellent song.

High points are seeing Joni Mitchell make her vocal line her own, Anne Murray singing perfectly on the first take, and Neil Young saying "Hey man, that's my sound" when told he was pitchy. Additionally, there is a fair bit of discussion regarding the writing of the song (the melody was composed by David Foster for use in a film, but he thought they were not going to use it so he recycled it for this purpose) and the process of getting major Canadian recording artists to commit to the project.

Low points are the extended coverage given to Corey Hart - but since he was the "it" boy of the day, it's reasonable given the context.

See it if you can find it!

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