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on June 7, 2013
Emily at BluntReview (dot)com says: Music, for some, is just a nice kind of background cacophony of notes strung together that they use to invigorate, stimulate, unwind or get through. For others, a group, or a song, absolutely grips into a part of the brain that would otherwise seek pharmaceuticals for such wild reactions of visceral happiness. The rush of endorphins creates a bond. In many cases, a loyal bond that spreads over decades - and Billboard popularity.

Being of the later group myself (I had/have"The Keiths" - Moon and Richards), I really enjoyed the look into pop star Rick Springfield's current going ons, and those who are still following his creations. Admittedly, I'd (sadly) dismissed this real talent, as a bubble gum sort of McCutey. I glanced, gave a listen, and pinned him as a marketing campaign wrapped into an - obviously - handsome shell with a perfectly sellable song or two. Well, yes, and no.

Here in An Affair of the Heart Springfield - who by the way is aging stunningly - is what every fan girl (or guy) wishes of their idols. He gets up in the rain and plays, comes down to great - even sets up cruises where he hangs out with a few die hards.

Okay, a few humbled rockers now feel safe enough to do a meet-and-greet post show, but Rick truly gets into the minutia of a few of his fans' lives.

There's not a lot of behind the façade here. He does have a `newish' memoir book, and I am guessing one would want to get that for "the dirt" so to speak. But, the film makers introduce us to a few at-every-show gals - who are happily married and very normal. They just need their fix, and will drive, fly or sail for that specialized shot. Then there is a warm Unitarian Universalist Minister who used the words and music of Springfield to bring a terrible event to pass (as much as she was able). Another, deeply devoted woman was "introduced" to Rick and his music as a `tween who was facing a surgery that would save her life or not...his music helped her cope and feel viable. Then there is the child, Dustin Walker. Rick drags a three-year-old on to his stage to sing for the crowd. They stay in touch. Now, years later, the young man is a guitar player and at 14, hits the stage to play with Rick.

You'll see the wife of thirty years, and Springfield admits he went through that rock star dick phase; she must be one helluva catch to stand by and wait for the maturity to catch up to the Adonis-y coating. But, this man has come through to the other side with - what appears to be - genuine warmth. And, he can play some rock and roll. At a rock festival concert along with Aerosmith, where even attendees had the RCA dog head tilt, Ricky came out and rocked it up. Remember he had 17 songs on the charts back when...

The documentary is touching and telling. Truly impressive for those who had the bedroom walls dressed with images of a stranger you adored without knowing exactly why as the frontal cortex struggled to settle down. And don't fear...he gets to "The Song." Jessie's Girl. One of the most memorable time snapshot singles ever made. The video for the hit now looks like the guy's a weird-o stalker re-enactment for DateLine...but dig those crazy prints and puffed up hairdos.

See this. It reminds you that beneath the music, every once in a while (unlike say ruder-than- you-could-have-ever-imagined Simon Townsend) you meet another Rick Danko sort. A creator of music that loves what they're doing, and appreciates those who give a s***.
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on July 16, 2013
An Affair of the Heart is much more than meets the eye. This movie gives Rick Springfield's fans a glimpse in to the heart of this rock legend - which is very tender indeed - especially toward his loyal fans. Rick has matured into more than just an accomplished performer, actor, singer, artist, writer, and amazing guitar player, he has arrived at that spot in life where he loves what he does and realizes that the deep connection with his followers is the reason he continues to thrive as an artist. The tenderness with which Rick interacts with his fans explains why he continues to succeed!
One also sees Rick through the eyes of his adoring fans. Cult following would not be the correct description... but faithful and maybe a bit obsessive. Heartstrings are pulled and one can't help but laugh out loud or maybe, more appropriately, giggle like a school girl alongside some of Rick true fans.
I honestly didn't know what to expect from this movie. I loved it! Enjoyable, fun, and very touching.
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on July 16, 2013
I was fortunate enough to see this documentary at the film festival in Orlando , Florida in April 2012. It made me smile , cry , laugh , dance , and happy. I have been a Rick fan since 1981 and I have met him several times. Last few years I have become friends with many other Rick fans. Watching this documentary makes me appreciate all these friends and Rick himself. Seeing myself in this documentary for few seconds was a lot of fun also ! Thank you Melanie and Sylvia , for making this film a reality and available for us !
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on July 16, 2013
This DVD is a must buy... Rick Springfield is much more than Jessie Girl. This DVD tells the story of a musician who not only ROCKS,
But truly cares for his fans each one of them! Rick has big heart and it shows in this documentary abt his fans and Ricks connection with him. I promise you won't be disappointed!
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on May 28, 2013
Saw this film at the Malibu premiere in 9/2011. Wonderful footage of concerts and interviews. Endearing portraits of Rick fans.... Shows why we love the man and his music!
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on July 15, 2013
This DVD is worth every penny. He is so much more than the singer of Jessie's girl. He truly moves people and has impacted their lives. Do not hesitate!
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on August 6, 2013
Loved it! Glad to find out that I wasn't the only male Rick Springfield fan out there. Very moving how he connects with his fans. I have all his music on vinyl, tapes, cds, and dvds. Had 17 top 40 hits, but of course alot of people only remember him for Jessie's Girl. A must have for any Springfield fan. Some of the women fans in the dvd seemed kind of creepy, and scary.
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on July 13, 2013
What a joy to see rick Springfield engage with his feelings and his fans. Some say obsession I say devotion. Many have found their way through the darkness and celebrated the life that happens in the ups. Creative juices flow which delivered the best songs and shows his admiration to even the smallest fan. Thank good for the rock gods when the sent rick Springfield to share his story with his music, his words and now the one on one story in third documentary
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on July 15, 2013
I have been a Rick Springfield fan for 32 years. I have seen this documentary several times. It really captures our connection to Rick and his connection to us, There are some wonderful stories about how he has helped his fans through some really hard times. There is even a story where one fan gives back in return. This is a must see for any Rick fan and for any non Rick fan, You will be one after you see this.
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on July 15, 2013
This is an AMAZING documentary that takes a look at an INCREDIBLY TALENTED, ALL-AROUND EXCEPTIONAL GUY!!!!!!!! You will laugh, cry, and be pleasantly surprised at the awesome story behind THE MAN, Rick Springfield, and his fans!!!!! A must see for everyone, especially if you only know him as the Jessie's Girl performer. He is sooooooo much more than that!!!
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