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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

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The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game.


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$90,275 (USA) (10 June 2011)
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When co-director Matt Harlock won the confidence of Bill Hicks's family, it gained him access to 1300 photos and lots of unseen footage. See more »

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Insightful and revolutionary comedian taken from the world too soon
25 October 2010 | by (Korea (Republic of)) – See all my reviews

Watching recordings of Hicks, I am impressed at how his stand up shifts from vulgar bathroom humor to such profound social commentary. He truly was unique and ahead of his time. I guess it figures then his life was taken at such an early age. That seems to be the pattern we see in history with great thinkers (Ghandi, Jesus, etc). When I hear him speak, I caught myself saying, "He should've been president!" Instead he was regulated to doing comedy in two-bit clubs in the redneck south. Also of not is the wonderful picture-animation technique, which I have not personally seen before. It helped to fill in the gaps left by not having the titular character being present for an interview.

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Your father didn't die for a flag. He died for the symbol that the flag represented, which is the freedom to burn the flag. -Hicks


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