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The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

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Marc Abraham, Colin Escott (book) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hiddleston ... Hank Williams
Elizabeth Olsen ... Audrey Williams
Bradley Whitford ... Fred Rose
Cherry Jones ... Lillie Williams
Maddie Hasson ... Billie Jean Jones
Wrenn Schmidt ... Bobbie Jett
David Krumholtz ... James Dolan
Josh Pais ... Dore Schary
Wesley Robert Langlois Wesley Robert Langlois ... Don Helms - Steel
Joshua Brady ... Sammy Pruett - Guitar
Casey Bond ... Jerry Rivers - Fiddle
Michael Rinne Michael Rinne ... Lum York - Bass
Will Beinbrink ... Jim Denny
Todd Barnett ... Gas Station Attendant (as Steven Todd Barnett)
Richard Jackson ... Boyette
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The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.

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The story of Hank Williams.


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Rated R for some language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Hank Williams Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,471, 27 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,646,468, 5 June 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In preparation for the lead role, Tom Hiddleston moved into veteran country singer Rodney Crowell's Nashville home to undergo a crash course in singing and guitar playing country style. As a 2-year-old perched on his father's shoulder, Crowell had seen Hank Williams perform live and had thereafter evolved into a Williams aficionado and keeper of the flame. See more »

Goofs

The Lovesick Blues/Grand Ole Opry scene is set in 1949 when he made his debut. At the 1:00 mark in the video on Youtube of this scene, the guitar player, I believe,is supposed to be Billy Byrd. However,the guitar he is playing wasn't built until 1951 by Garland Bigsby. See more »

Quotes

Hank Williams: Man sings a sad song, he knows the sad.
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Soundtracks

Field Hand Man
Written by Alton Delmore, Rabon Delmore and Sydney Nathan
Performed by The Delmore Brothers
With permission from Carlin America and BMG Music Publishing
Courtesy of King Records
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There is a reason this film was pulled from release
17 February 2016 | by vthomas-02523See all my reviews

I saw the movie last fall, just a few weeks prior to the original release date. I was happy with the choice of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams. He had the physical look to carry it off and I know he has the talent. I just wish I could say the same with the script.

This story seems to focus on his first marriage and that relationship. Out of everything Hank Williams did, this is what they focus on? Other than the music, they barely touched on everything that made him such a colorful character. It didn't help that there was little chemistry between two lead characters. Lifetime movies have better stories and chemistry.

Tom Hiddleston did a nice job with his singing but that isn't worth watching this movie. Hopefully, this will get buried and someone with more knowledge of Hank Williams can bring more deserving movie to the screen.


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