At the end of 1952, with the best years of Hank Williams's career behind him, he hires a local kid to drive him through the Appalachian countryside for a pair of New Years shows in West Virginia and Ohio.
A story of Hank Williams, music's original bad boy.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some language, a fight and smoking
22 June 2012 (USA)
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Charles Carr, the Auburn freshman who actually was driving when Williams died, himself passed away in July 2013 at the age of 79 in Montgomery, AL. Carr was hired on Dec. 30, 1952, to drive Williams in his 1952 powder blue Cadillac from Montgomery to shows in Charleston, WV, and Canton, OH. There was snow most of the way. On New Year's Eve day in the afternoon, Williams received word that a flight he had planned to take him to the job in Charleston was canceled due to snow. They checked into a Knoxville hotel, where hotel porters later had to carry Williams, under the influence of two shots of morphine, to the backseat of the car when it was decided to drive to Canton. The next morning, in Oak Hill, WV, Carr found Williams dead, lying in the same position where the porters had placed him. Carr remained in Montgomery, working in investment and real estate until he retired. See more
When Silas is front of the judge in Tennessee, the judge is seen writing on a piece of paper in several consecutive shots. In nearly every shot, the pen he has in his hand changes. See more
On Down The Road
Written by Gloria Gaither
and Benjy Gaither
Performed by Val Storey See more