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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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Gritty realism makes for brilliant fantasy
25 December 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I could have given this 10/10 if the version I saw wasn't so dark (some of the scenes were virtually all blackened out).

I recognize the older Canadian production values here, which reminds me of "Going Down The Road" and various other CBC or NFB productions. There's a kind of unglamorous and unadorned realism that makes it all so wonderfully poignant.

If I didn't know any better, I could have assumed an actual live show was being filmed with multiple cameras if I only saw a few minutes here or a few minutes there. Sneezy Waters is absolutely brilliant, both as a musician and as an actor. Loved the old guy doing the cagean dancing!


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