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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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Did You Know?


The co-directors had only 800 photos of Hicks to illustrate their story. They found to their surprise that there was virtually no filmed interview material of Hicks simply talking about himself and his background. See more »


References Ironside (1967) See more »


Written by Chris Bemand and Mark Daniels
Performed by 45 Dip
Courtesy of Squirky Music
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More than a collection of comedy bits...
9 April 2011 | by dbgeorgeSee all my reviews

I was able to see this on my local cable provider's VOD. I half expected this to be part biography and part collection of comedy routines. It was heavier on the biography part and not as much a retrospective of performance bits. That was perfectly fine because this documentary was more about the man and what drove his comedy. Also, it appears Bill Hicks was an incredible blues guitarist from the few audio clips played. Most of the beginning is about his family and upbringing which sourced his early comedy. It also described his friendships and the relationships that led him into comedy. Towards the end, more of Bill Hick's comedy is performed, but more to emphasize the circumstances of his life and how he managed his career.

Bill Hicks will always be one of my favorite comedians, and to see the man behind the comedy was fascinating. I have a deeper appreciation of the man and his work after seeing this film.

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Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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American: the Bill Hicks story See more »

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Houston, Texas, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,872, 10 April 2011

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1.78 : 1
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