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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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Sneezy Waters ...
Dixie Seatle ...
Betty Anne
Sean McCann ...
Jack
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The Doctor
Jackie Washington ...
The Janitor
Denise Fergusson ...
Kaw-Liga Lady
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Rowdy Cowboy
Kay Hawtrey ...
Gospel Woman
Bart Bedford ...
The Teenager
Albert Bernardo ...
Marie De Cosimo ...
Twin
Phyllis De Cosimo ...
Twin
Margaret Dragu ...
Engaged Girl
Cathy Elliott ...
Jane Foster ...
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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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Sneezy's version of Hank's song "Men With Broken Hearts" differs from Hank's original version. Sneezy sings some lines out of order and adds the following lines: "and even sleep brings no relief to these men who curse their births/they have no dreams of happiness left in heaven or on earth/for how can men have faith in God when faith in fellow man departs". See more »

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Portrait of a lonely, famous man
1 July 2003 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

I saw this about a decade ago, at Christmas, on HBO. I don't follow country music, but I knew of Williams from my sister. The story is almost a "Twilight Zone" tale; even as Williams, dying in his alcoholic haze, imagined an ideal concert, his fantasy is plagued by the demons that haunted his real life. The demons include the casual racism of country music of that time (although black music and country were intertwined), the celebrity-hungry fan who wants to seduce a famous person, and (as I recall) the basic despair of the audience, who have no other way to spend Christmas than to go to a bar and get drunk. The end of the fantasy, with Williams's haunting song about being deserted even by God, was devastating. I knew country music was nearly always sad, but I never thought it could approach existential despair. An unforgettable character portrait.


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