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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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... 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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2.35 : 1
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Both Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen did their own singing. See more »

Goofs

When Hank reads a pulp magazine story to Lycrecia, the scene is happening in 1947, but the issue he is holding was published in November 1952. See more »

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Fred Rose: Pride is one of the most destructive lies on earth
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(Where Are You) Now That I Need You
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Doris Day with The Mellomen
With permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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See ISTL for Tom Hiddleston's great performance and for Hank's eternal songs
26 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's a shame that some of this film's structural flaws will keep many from seeing one of the best on screen performances I've seen in years. Hiddleston's Hank Williams is a masterful creation: haunting, driven and soulful with the added bonus of Hiddleston doing his own singing and playing (no lip-syncing) including Hank's famous yodel.

While the film would have benefited with less marital squabbling and more music, it nonetheless takes one on an gripping journey of an American music icon's tragic life and short but amazing career.

Elizabeth Olson as Audrey, William's headstrong wife, does a fine job but I could have done with less of their relationship story and more about Hank's musical process. Cherry Jones is also excellent as Hank's bossy mom.

The stellar singing in the opening segment is worth the price of admission.


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