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I Saw the Light (2015)

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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.

Director:

Marc Abraham

Writers:

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Tom Hiddleston promoted the film by performing "Move It On Over" and "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" in character at the 2014 Wheatland Music Festival. See more »

Goofs

(At 00:24) As Audrey Williams is approaching the microphone in the radio studio you can clearly hear Hank say "She is slowly approaching the microscope" not "microphone". See more »

Quotes

Audrey Williams: Sit down, you horse's ass!
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Connections

References Small Town Girl (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Don't You Love Me
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Tom Hiddleston and The Saddle Spring Boys
With permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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Hiddleston does Hank admirably--the movie no so much.
25 March 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" or "Your Cheatin' Heart" might have been better titles for the Hank Williams biopic, "I Saw the Light." The story written and directed by Marc Abraham has too much emphasis on his lonely, cheating persona that led to divorce and broken hearts along the arc of this film's 1944 to 1953, when he died of too much drugs and alcohol. After seeing Amy, about Amy Winehouse, I'm waiting currently for a softer biography, say of Perry Como.

Anyway, Tom Hiddleston's turn as Williams is hypnotically spot on from tics and Southern drawl to hats and all the charm in between. Hiddleston is a good singer who seems to have captured Williams in a masterful interpretation of a manic depressive genius. That's my major concern with the story: I want more of the music, its creation and its challenges, and much less of the personal and domestic warfare, led by his wife, Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen).

Olsen's Southern accent is impressively accurate without being too twangy although her singing is not up to Huddleston's level of smoothness. Audrey was apparently a strong woman who interjected herself into the studio as well as the home. Although she isn't as memorable as June Carter Cash, she is a force in Williams' life. At a point I was sympathetic to her and her children, who were small players in Williams' life.

I guess if you really want to know Hank Williams, listen to his songs. If you want to see what Loki can do outside of science fiction, see him play Hank Williams in I Saw the Light.


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