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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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S.R. Bindler
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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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Storyline

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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When you lose your mind, you lose the contest. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some brief language
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

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:

$7,607, 12 July 1998

Gross USA:

$563,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$563,482
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Sound Mix:

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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Connections

Referenced in The Middle: Heck on a Hard Body (2014) See more »

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Nice doc about crazy event
15 August 2004 | by plutenkoSee all my reviews

I saw this film at a film festival and thought about the event and people portrayed in it. These people who compete in the truck give-away are a sad bunch. They are willing to subject their bodies to an inhuman hardship just to be able to get a truck. Bit they already have cars, so what's up with that. Is it that area of East Texas that breeds these poor dumb son-of-a-bitches to lay down their health to maybe get a new truck? On top of that, some of them seem to have been in training for this. Some of them are religious fanatics, born again Christians: is this what Jesus would have done? To stand in heat for days to be able to acquire an earthly possession. This is a weird look into a weird group of rural Americans - somewhat exploitative of them.


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