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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

Bobbie Jett mentions she's pregnant, and it's never mentioned again. She's pregnant with Hank's daughter, Jett Williams. 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

Fred Rose: Pride is one of the most destructive lies on earth
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Soundtracks

Low and Lonely
Written by Fred Rose
Performed by Roy Acuff
With permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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thin biopic
11 August 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) marries recently divorced single mom Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) in 1944 in an Alabama gas station. He's a hard drinking country singer with some small success. She starts singing with him despite objections from the band and his mother (Cherry Jones). Audrey's constant calling gets Fred Rose (Bradley Whitford) to sign them. They stop Audrey's singing as Hank strives to perform in the Opry. His constant back pains leading to alcohol and pain killer use is finally diagnosed as chronic spina bifida occulta. After his divorce from Audrey, he has a brief affair with Bobbi Jett resulting in a daughter. He meets teenager Billie Jean Jones (Maddie Hasson) and later marries her. He would die on January 1, 1953.

There is nothing substantive here. One would be better off to listen to Hank Williams music while watching a documentary about his life. It's very thin and I'm not talking about Hiddleston's physicality. One rarely gets a sense of the man or his marriage. There is no tension. There is no sense of his life or his work. His struggle with his back and alcohol is the obvious path but the movie doesn't elevate his pain. This is a waste of perfectly good talents. I laid all the blame on Marc Abraham who is more a producer than a writer or director.


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