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Totally Bill Hicks (1994)

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A celebration of the comedy of Bill Hicks. The film is structured around the different strains of comedy in the Hicks stand-up, sampling the best of his confrontational performance. ... See full summary »

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Rupert Edwards

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Bill Hicks
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Credited cast:
Bill Hicks ... Self (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Belzer ... Self
Eric Bogosian ... Self
Kevin Booth ... Self
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Brett Butler ... Self
William Cook William Cook ... Self
Allan Havey ... Self
Jim Hicks Jim Hicks ... Self
Mary Hicks Mary Hicks ... Self
Steve Hicks Steve Hicks ... Self - Brother
Sean Hughes ... Self
Eddie Izzard ... Self
Richard Jeni ... Self
David Johndrow David Johndrow ... Self
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A celebration of the comedy of Bill Hicks. The film is structured around the different strains of comedy in the Hicks stand-up, sampling the best of his confrontational performance. Interviewees include two major American chat show hosts, David Letterman and Jay Leno, the actor Eric Bogosian and a wide range of comedians who admired his work including Sean Hughes and Eddie Izzard. There are also anecdotal contributions from his high school friends and an interview with his parents. Written by Anonymous

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Based on the life and work of Bill Hicks, just as It's Just a Ride (1994), American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009), Outlaw Comic: The Censoring of Bill Hicks (2003) and Bill Hicks: Reflections (2015). See more »

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References Babylon Pink (1979) See more »

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America is poorer without Bill Hicks
7 June 2005 | by gvit-2See all my reviews

The numbers don't lie, 109 people have voted for this film. That says a great deal about the standing of one of the most intuitively insightful comedians of the late 20th century. And for those of you who know the work of Bill Hicks, if he were alive today, imagine what he would have to say about the boy president from his home state? That his short career remains unrecognized is a sad situation and this film, or rather these two films explain why. First, you see how his talent was obvious from the start, again and again, those who knew Bill Hicks always say he was not only funny, he was also unique. The film also shows how the quality of his material was too challenging for many in the entertainment industry. His drinking also contributed to his career problems, but that is less evident in this film. And then the second film is a complete performance. If you have never seen or heard Bill Hicks, this is a wonderful introduction to the person and his dark but intelligent humor. Especially due to the fact that the topics are now almost 14 years old, yet remain ironically up to date is underlined by the fact that many of the events took place under the first President Bush.

Watching them together - first the biography and then the performance - makes you aware of how greatly talented this young man was, how quickly his life passed and how the American media can sometimes act as the great big homogenizer. Let's make sure nothing is too provocative, nothing will be too interesting And the result? Well, as the man himself said, go to sleep America, your government is in control........... In his lifetime, at least in Great Britian this artist was recognized for his talent and was successful there. 11 years after his death, 109 people at IMDb can say something about the film. After you've seen them both, I hope you understand why more people should be listening to Bill Hicks.


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UK

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English

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Totally Bill Hicks Featuirng 'It's Just a Ride' & 'Revelations' See more »

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London, England, UK

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