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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bill Hicks ... Himself (archive footage)
Dwight Slade Dwight Slade ... Himself, friend of Bill Hicks
Mary Hicks Mary Hicks ... Herself, Bill Hicks' mother
Steve Hicks Steve Hicks ... Himself
Lynn Hicks Lynn Hicks ... Herself
Kevin Booth ... Himself
James Ladmirault James Ladmirault ... Himself
David Johndrow David Johndrow ... Himself
John Farneti John Farneti ... Himself
Andy Huggins Andy Huggins ... Himself
Steve Epstein Steve Epstein
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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

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Taglines:

The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American: the Bill Hicks story See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,872, 10 April 2011

Gross USA:

$90,275
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Runtime:

| (TV) (2011)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A year before his death, Bill Hicks appeared on the David Letterman show. Letterman judged his segment to be substandard and so cut it from the subsequent show. He did not know that Hicks was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time. 15 years later, in January 2009, Letterman invited Hicks's mother Mary onto the show as a belated form of apology. See more »

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References Casino Royale (1967) See more »

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More than a collection of comedy bits...
9 April 2011 | by dbgeorgeSee all my reviews

I was able to see this on my local cable provider's VOD. I half expected this to be part biography and part collection of comedy routines. It was heavier on the biography part and not as much a retrospective of performance bits. That was perfectly fine because this documentary was more about the man and what drove his comedy. Also, it appears Bill Hicks was an incredible blues guitarist from the few audio clips played. Most of the beginning is about his family and upbringing which sourced his early comedy. It also described his friendships and the relationships that led him into comedy. Towards the end, more of Bill Hick's comedy is performed, but more to emphasize the circumstances of his life and how he managed his career.

Bill Hicks will always be one of my favorite comedians, and to see the man behind the comedy was fascinating. I have a deeper appreciation of the man and his work after seeing this film.


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