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Still Bill (2009)

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A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers.

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Damani Baker, Alex Vlack
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Credited cast:
Bill Withers ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clarence Avant ... Himself
Benorce Blackmon Benorce Blackmon ... Himself
Cornell Dupree Cornell Dupree ... Himself
James Gadson James Gadson ... Himself (as James Gadsen)
Corey Glover ... Himself
Terrell Harrison Terrell Harrison ... Himself
Nona Hendryx ... Herself
Jim James ... Himself
Mervin Johnson Mervin Johnson ... Himself
Angélique Kidjo ... Herself
Ralph MacDonald Ralph MacDonald ... Himself
Raúl Midón Raúl Midón ... Himself
Tavis Smiley ... Himself
Sting ... Himself
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A portrait of soul legend Bill Withers.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Late Night and Weekends See more »
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Wonderful, up-beat documentary about a man who was and is true to himself
11 September 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Delightful, short, but insightful documentary about the great 70s and 80s R+B icon Bill Withers, who wrote and sang such great hits as 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Lean on Me'.

It's a portrait of a wonderfully strong yet gentle and likable man, who refused to bend to record company creative demands, even though it might have cost him fame and money, and who simply walked away from the music business when it was no longer something he wanted to deal with.

Now at age 70, he dispenses wonderfully wise and witty aphorisms, and still works on music, but for himself, not the world. He's also open enough to question whether his lack of ambition is a good or bad thing – although on evidence he seems about as happy and well adjusted a man as you could find, loving his family, helping stuttering kids (he suffered with the same problem through much of his early life), and enjoying the creative process itself as an end, not a means.

Quiet, simply filmed, this documentary made me feel good about life, and immediately want to go order a CD of Wither's greatest hits.


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