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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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if you like music, you'll like this film
30 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie years ago on TV in Canada and remembered it as being really great, with a superb performance by the lead actor, even tho at the time I was more into the Ramones than Hank Williams. I recently purchased the DVD based on this 25 year old memory, and what a pleasant surprise to see that the movie was even better now as viewed thru my middle aged eyes, and the performance by Sneezy Waters as Hank is one of those rare things where the actor transcends the medium and becomes the character he is playing. Amazing! You really do feel like you are watching a show by Hank himself, warts and all. The relatively poor quality of the DVD transfer even adds to the authenticity, and the art direction really evokes the period. I think if you are a music fan, a history fan, or a Hank fan, you will enjoy this film. I couldn't recommend it more highly.


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