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Hands on a Hardbody: The Documentary (1997)

PG | | Documentary | 10 July 1998 (USA)
Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sid Allen Sid Allen ... Himself (Longview Partnership)
Brent Baskin Brent Baskin ... Contest Judge
Greg Cox Greg Cox ... Himself (contestant)
J.C. Crum J.C. Crum ... Himself (Jack Long Nissan)
Janis Curtis Janis Curtis ... Herself (contestant)
J.D. Drew J.D. Drew ... Himself (contestant)
Tom Felker Tom Felker ... Himself (contestant)
David Grotheim David Grotheim ... Contest Judge
Blake Long Blake Long ... Himself (Jack Long Nissan)
Kelli Mangrum Kelli Mangrum ... Herself (contestant)
Mike Marris Mike Marris ... Himself (judge)
Raul Martinez Raul Martinez ... Himself (contestant)
Jan Maynard Jan Maynard ... Herself (marketing director / contest supervisor)
Ronald McCowan Ronald McCowan ... Himself (contestant)
Kerri Parker Kerri Parker ... Herself (contestant)
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Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck. The last person to remain standing with his or her hand on the truck wins. An absurd marketing gimmick at first glance, the contest proves to be much more... Written by Anonymous

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If you really want something, keep your hands on it. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some brief language
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hands on a Hard Body See more »

Filming Locations:

Longview, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,965, 28 August 1998

Gross USA:

$492,876
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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Director 'Robert Altman' had planned to make a feature film based on this documentary, but died before the project could be realized. See more »

Quotes

Benny Perkins - 1992 Winner: I like to get down there earlier so my odds are higher.
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Referenced in Bernie (2011) See more »

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You don't have to be from Texas - or even the US - to enjoy this
18 March 2000 | by mctheimerSee all my reviews

A number of the other reviews are from Texans who wonder if you have to be from Texas to appreciate this film. No, you don't! It's a fascinating slice of American life that I think is insightful to anyone. It would also be a great film for people from overseas to learn something about middle American culture.

This movie follows 20 people in their attempt to win a pickup truck. What I loved about this film is that (a) even that there's no action sequences with special effects, the film has a wonderful sense of tension and suspense, due largely to (b) the fact that the director doesn't just turn the camera on and expect magic to happen, but managed to interview a number of the contestants before hand and really get into their heads via some well done interviewing and editing. This film has some wonderful psychological portraits, which make the suspense heightened as you wait to see how the contestants hold up over the very long wait.

While I watched this, I was sort of reminded of the Dogma 95 resolution, to only use hand-held cameras and available situations, so that the story and the acting are what stand out, not "movie magic." By those standards, this film measures up quite well -- and it's not even fiction!


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