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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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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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walking on waters
12 July 2006 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that should be in the Smithsonian. It's a profound reflection of a time period that produced some of the best American music ever. I was very surprised to read at the end of the film that Hank Williams was only 29 when he died and that he had written over 700 songs many of them classic. I was born in '48 so he was not of my generation but after the 60's rock and roll died I came to appreciate the greats of the past like Hank and Bill Monroe. I think Sneezy Waters did an incredible job of acting. The writing was right on target for humor and the soulful journey that Williams must have experienced. He seems to be searching for a peace that eludes him. I didn't know he had written "I saw the light", which he sings here.


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