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Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (1980)

On the final night of his life, Dec. 31, 1952, country music legend Hank Williams imagines himself giving a New Year's Eve performance in a small bar, with his comments to the audience reflecting upon his life.

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Kay Hawtrey ...
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Marie De Cosimo ...
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Phyllis De Cosimo ...
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Margaret Dragu ...
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Cathy Elliott ...
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On the final night of his life, Dec. 31, 1952, country music legend Hank Williams imagines himself giving a New Year's Eve performance in a small bar, with his comments to the audience reflecting upon his life.

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31 December 1980 (Canada)  »

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Hank Williams: A képzeletbeli koncert  »

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CAD 578,000 (estimated)
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HBO premiered this at 10:30 PM on New Years Eve 1980 (because the film is set on New Years Eve). The HBO airing ended 4 minutes before midnight. See more »

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Miraculous Biography of Country Music's Greatest Star
25 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People who know Hank Williams know that he wasn't just the greatest star of country music who ever lived, he was the greatest who ever will live. With license on personal loan from God himself, Hank reached into the hearts of many of us when we were in a dark corner of our lives and helped pull us back. This miraculous film originated in London as a stage play and now comes to us as a video from Canada. The entire action takes place within a two hour time frame on the New Years Eve when Hank died. It envisions his going into a smoky bar and playing a show for the folks. The story is told through his songs and remarks. Important to know is that the show's creator fully understood Hank's legacy and thereby touches all the right buttons. This is the most emotional movie I've ever seen and I'm personally on a diet allowing no more than one screening every two years for the emotional drain of watching it. On the other hand, I've seen people watch it and simply enjoy the ample good music, with no trace of the buckets of tears that one might observe if they watched with me.


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