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American: The Bill Hicks Story -- A captivating animated documentary on the rollercoaster life of legendary comedian Bill Hicks, whose profound & hilarious observations on American life changed the face of modern comedy.
American: The Bill Hicks Story -- A photo-animated documentary on comedian Bill Hicks, narrated by 10 people who knew him best.
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American: The Bill Hicks Story -- Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill Hicks best.


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8 April 2011 (USA) See more »
The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game.
Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Bill Hicks ... Himself (archive footage)
Dwight Slade ... Himself, friend of Bill Hicks
Mary Hicks ... Herself, Bill Hicks' mother
Steve Hicks ... Himself
Lynn Hicks ... Herself

Kevin Booth ... Himself
James Ladmirault ... Himself
David Johndrow ... Himself
John Farneti ... Himself
Andy Huggins ... Himself
Steve Epstein

Directed by
Matt Harlock 
Paul Thomas 
Produced by
Rachel Barke .... associate producer: RDF
Suzanne Gilfillan .... commissioning editor: BBC
Matt Harlock .... producer
Mark Lesbirel .... associate producer: RDF
Paul Provenza .... associate producer: USA
Paul Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Kevin Booth 
Bill Hicks 
Film Editing by
Matt Harlock 
Paul Thomas 
Sound Department
Simon Wright .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Rizzy .... additional camera: Los Angeles
Animation Department
Matt Harlock .... animator
Graham Smith .... animator: Early years animation
Paul Thomas .... animator
Music Department
Mark Daniels .... additional music
Other crew
Parag Sankhe .... blue-ray authorizor
Steve Cole .... thanks
Mark Cornwell .... special thanks

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102 min | Finland:59 min (TV) (2011)
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Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (2013) (TV rating) | Ireland:15A | UK:15
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A year before his death, Bill Hicks appeared on the David Letterman show. Letterman judged his segment to be substandard and so cut it from the subsequent show. He did not know that Hicks was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time. 15 years later, in January 2009, Letterman invited Hicks's mother Mary onto the show as a belated form of apology.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Greatest American Comedian of all time . . ., 18 November 2010
Author: bujin_tao from Detroit, Michigan, USA

Namaste, Venakam, Salaam Alaikum, Sat Sri Akal.

Bill Hicks' comedy has been a godsend in my personal life. Being a native of the Balkan region of former Yugoslavia trying to acclimate to American society without acculturating and losing my identity, his work was invaluable. He has said the things that most people don't even acknowledge or think about.

Bill hicks was an amazing artist and human being on many levels. In particular, on a spiritual and philosophical level, he is easily the most relevant and profound comedian of all time. No other individual has managed to take the unpalatable truths of "modern society" and deliver them with the intellectual poise, sincerity and utter hilarity of Bill Hicks.

He is in our hearts and minds for all eternity, and its a joy to have known his eternal individual nature through his recordings.

May we meet again in the cosmic energy pool of eternity.

Peace, Love & Light,


"It's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one."

- William Melvin "Bill" Hicks

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