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Hit So Hard (2011)

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A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Erlandson ...
Melissa Auf der Maur ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kristen Pfaff ...
Herself (archive footage)
Larry Schemel ...
Gina Schock ...
Debbi Peterson ...
Kate Schellenbach ...
Nina Gordon ...
Roddy Bottum ...
Joe Mama-Nitzberg ...
Phranc ...


HIT SO HARD follows the journey of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band 'Hole.' As a young girl who always knew she was 'different' from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of 'Rolling Stone.' But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected 'slacker' generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side. Written by Anonymous

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The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel


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16 November 2012 (UK)  »

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$3,174 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$30,402 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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Nominated for Best Music Film at the 2013 NME Awards along with Searching For Sugar Man, LCD Soundsystem: 'Shut Up And Play The Hits', Marley, The Rolling Stones: 'Crossfire Hurricane' and Led Zeppelin: 'Celebration Day'. See more »


Eric Erlandson: Every drummer I'm starting to realize is a comedian in the closet and Patty was a full on comedian
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Asking For It
Written by Eric Erlandson, Courtney Love
Performed by Hole
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Behind every powerful woman is an inspirational woman!!
20 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stirring rock documentary with themes of survival, redemption, and good old woman-power. What small-town girl doesn't have dreams of being in a rock band? But Patty Schemel actually went out and did it, on her own terms and without miniskirts and push-up bras.

The treasure trove of archival footage was fascinating on its own, but was well put to use in service of Schemel's story. I laughed out loud at her "typical drummer" goof-ball pranks, and some comical interview footage of her Hole band mates, but also teared up at several points during her descent and eventual triumph.

Ms. Schemel is not simply a female drummer who can keep a beat like the guys; her big heart beats throughout the documentary. I can't wait to see it again. She's a hero.

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