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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hank Williams
... Audrey Williams
... Fred Rose
... Lillie Williams
... Billie Jean Jones
... Bobbie Jett
... James Dolan
... Dore Schary
Wesley Robert Langlois ... Don Helms - Steel
... Sammy Pruett - Guitar
... Jerry Rivers - Fiddle
Michael Rinne ... Lum York - Bass
... Jim Denny
... Gas Station Attendant (as Steven Todd Barnett)
... 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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1 April 2016 (USA)  »

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Untitled Hank Williams Project  »

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$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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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

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

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

Tennessee Waltz
Written by Pee Wee King
Performed by Jo Stafford
With permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Corinthian/Hanover West Music
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Excellent Portrayal!
6 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm not a movie critic, just an ordinary person who loves sitting in a dark theater and letting the magic take over. I Saw The Light was pure magic. Tom Huddleston, whom I'd never heard of before, was perfect for the role of Hank Williams. He took me back in time and let me see the pain and suffering the icon faced daily. Hank's was a tortured soul and maybe that contributed to his greatness. Huddleston captured that and pulled back the curtain, letting us see inside the man. I think Huddleston did an excellent job with not only the songs (his voice was flawless) but with the exact mannerisms and nuances of Hank Williams. I thank him for doing such an awesome job and for a short time whisked me back so I could once again enjoy the icon's music. It was difficult to keep my feet still because I wanted to get up and dance. This was a great movie and I hope to see Tom Huddleston in other roles.


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