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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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Release Date:
8 April 2011 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game.
Plot:
Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best. | Full synopsis »
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3 nominations See more »
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(76 articles)
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A very enjoyable documentary about the life of one of the greatest Amerian stand-ups... See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
Steve Cole .... thanks
Mark Cornwell .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
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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This film made its debut at the London Film Festival, having been finished only a week before.See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A very enjoyable documentary about the life of one of the greatest Amerian stand-ups..., 29 August 2011
Author: ajs-10 from United Kingdom

To the people in the know, Bill Hicks is revered as one of the greats. I must admit I wasn't all that familiar with his work before seeing this documentary. I may have seen the odd snippet here and there, maybe even caught part of the odd TV appearance when getting back late from the pub, but this is the first time I've actually sat down and watched any his work properly. You'll be pleased to know you've got a convert right here! I can see why he was so successful over here in the UK; his style of humour is just the kind of thing we love. But I digress, here's a bit about the film.

We are told the story of Bill Hicks right from birth until his death, tragically young, only 32 years later. It's quite fascinating how he started out as a teenager with his friend Dwight Slade, and how they'd sneak out of the house to go and play gigs at a local comedy club. He gains some success and ends up solo when Dwight has to move away and we follow his career through alcoholism, drug abuse and back again. It's only when he cleaned up that he had his greatest successes though. Sadly he never really made it really big in his home country during his lifetime, but he left us with some truly memorable and thought-provoking comedy… In my book, a genius.

Rather than just having lots of talking heads in between scenes of Bill on stage, the filmmakers used some photo-animation to illustrate certain parts of the story. This worked very well and served to keep the audience interested in the narrative. Many of his friends and family contribute to the story, which gives this version of events a lot of credence. I found I was not only intrigued by his life story, but also by his comedy. I will certainly be looking at more of the work of Bill Hicks… Recommended.

My Score: 8.2/10.

IMDb Score: 7.9/10 (based on 1,716 votes at the time of going to press).

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82/100 (based on 55 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

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