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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bill Hicks ... Himself (archive footage)
Dwight Slade Dwight Slade ... Himself, friend of Bill Hicks
Mary Hicks Mary Hicks ... Herself, Bill Hicks' mother
Steve Hicks Steve Hicks ... Himself
Lynn Hicks Lynn Hicks ... Herself
Kevin Booth Kevin Booth ... Himself
James Ladmirault James Ladmirault ... Himself
David Johndrow David Johndrow ... Himself
John Farneti John Farneti ... Himself
Andy Huggins Andy Huggins ... Himself
Steve Epstein Steve Epstein
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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American: the Bill Hicks story See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£23,717 (United Kingdom), 16 May 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,872, 10 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$90,275, 12 June 2011
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Runtime:

| (TV) (2011)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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It took 3 years to compile all the material for this documentary. See more »

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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »

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Green Tomatoes
Written by Chris Bemand and Mark Daniels
Performed by 45 Dip
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How do you do a legend justice?
22 January 2010 | by crazy-bananasSee all my reviews

Bill Hicks had built up a large and very loving fan base in his adopted home of the UK before his sad and early departure. One of life's many contradictions is that the country that spawned a genius also spurned him, most notably David Letterman scrapping his final (of many) appearances on the late show. Bill felt it was a mere biological coincidence (listen to his routines) that he happened to be a Texan, and this comedian and social commentator belonged to the whole world rather than just two countries on either side of the Atlantic. He belonged to the whole world in my opinion because he had such a relevant and timeless message, that fuelled every polemic routine. I've been a fan of Hicks since I was 18 years old, making many of the discoveries this guy had made at the same age. For anyone who regards themselves alive enough to cherish self awareness and to contemplate questions such as why do the good guys die and the twisted little men thrive in their place, tune into Hicks (not Fox News). Fitting given his fan base that this documentary was made with love by two British directors. As I said, I consider myself a huge fan, but this film shed light on an already big star, especially his formative years and relationships with his friends and family. 'American' is a journey, a ride, and one you'll be very glad you came along on.


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