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Bill Hicks: Sane Man -- Sane Man was Bill’s first full-length comedy special, taped in 1989. This is the early years and the foundation of what would become his signature material and point of view. Funny and thought provoking.


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Bill Hicks ... Himself

Directed by
Kevin Booth 
David Johndrow 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Hicks 

Produced by
Kevin Booth .... executive producer
Kevin Booth .... producer
Bill Hicks .... executive producer
David Johndrow .... co-producer
Film Editing by
Kevin Booth 
David Johndrow 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brent Ballard .... grip
Kevin Booth .... camera operator
David Dehay .... camera operator
Don Heath .... grip
David Johndrow .... camera operator
Richard Mather .... camera operator
Pam Phillips .... camera operator
Don Tangus .... grip
Don Wratislaw .... grip
Ross Jackson .... special thanks
Al Nelson .... special thanks
Jere Raridon .... special thanks
Hank Sinatra .... special thanks

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84 min

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Lone Voice of Sanity, 5 July 2004
Author: dorkusmallorkus from Kambah, ACT, Australia

Bill Hicks' "Sane Man" is a concert performance from the summer of 1989 - although most of the material in this show can also be heard on his "Dangerous" album, there's something to be said for watching the man on film. His passion for his subject can only go so far on CD, and his few visual gags don't translate well.

The image of Hicks as a visionary, howling unregarded in the wilderness, has been overdone among his hardcore fan base, but watching "Sane Man" shows how accurate that description really is. His act attacks runaway consumerism, the pornography industry, non-smokers, the nature of American politics and all points in between. His interaction with his audience is not typical of a stand-up comedian, as he goads and cajoles them into feeling as angry about his topics as he himself does - sometimes it works, but at other times Hicks seems totally isolated on stage.

More than ten years after his death, Bill Hicks' voice deserves to be heard by a wider audience. "Sane Man" is a fine place to start.

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