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Paul Williams Still Alive (2011)

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A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams.

Director:

Stephen Kessler

Writer:

Stephen Kessler
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Paul Williams ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Beatty ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Blake ... Himself (archive footage)
Karen Carpenter ... Herself (archive footage)
Richard Carpenter ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
Dick Clark ... Himself (archive footage)
Angie Dickinson ... Herself (archive footage)
Daryl Dragon ... Himself (archive footage)
Kermit the Frog ... Himself (archive footage)
Debbie Harry ... Herself (archive footage)
Dustin Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage)
Gabe Kaplan ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Klugman ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Lawford ... Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug references and brief strong language
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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Paul Williams zei akoma See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,116, 10 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,649, 29 July 2012
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Color
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Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Out In The Country
words and music by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
Courtesy of Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Amazing movie about an amazing talent
1 July 2012 | by jamesg-14See all my reviews

This is a wonderful treat for Paul Williams fans (of which I am one), and it's also a semi-serious portrait of recovery and survival from 1970's celebrity and the excesses that often came with that lifestyle.

My only problem with this film is that the director, Stephen Kessler, a self-professed fan, is a presence in the film the same way Michael Moore often is in his movies. Kessler is likable and it's apparent that the film probably couldn't have been presented without some insight as to how and why he made it (no way he could have been invisible). And some of the film's funniest moments stem from the awkward and sometimes intrusive presence of Kessler and his crew.

But I would have liked a better sense of Kessler as an individual and a passionate fan rather than a challenged documentarian (he's a constant presence but we don't get to know him well enough). His approach also left me wanting a more linear treatment, like that of an A&E Biography; Williams' output was so extensive that much of his career retrospective here seems rushed. Kessler includes a lot of awkward cinema-verite moments, many of which are entertaining, but for me there's not enough coverage of Williams' acting, writing and recording work and I would have liked more focus on that.

Still, I'm grateful that he made the film, and that Mr. Williams was a (sometimes) willing subject.


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