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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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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 »

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Sections of the balcony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee were removed in 1993 after a major renovation to the facility. Prior to 1993, the balcony extended to the sides of the main stage. The early 1950s scenes at the Ryman in this film show the post-1993 layout of the facility. See more »

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Fred Rose: Pride is one of the most destructive lies on earth
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References Small Town Girl (1953) See more »

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Pan American
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, and The Saddle Spring Boys
With permission from Sony/ATV Music Publishing
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From a big Hank fan...
1 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm only 25 years old, but I have almost all of Hank's music and have read multiple books in high school about him (including "Hank Williams: The Biography" by Colin Escott). So needless to say, I had high hopes for this movie.

I feel like my high hopes were mostly met. I thought the movie did a very good job of laying out Hank's life and showing his stardom as well as struggles. I didn't like as much that it was rated R vs a PG-13 for "Walk the Line", but then again, anyone who has studied Hank knows that his life was rough and he wasn't candy-coated by any means.

I think Tom Hiddleston does a very good job as Hank, though maybe not QUITE as spot on as I would've liked. But when a big movie comes out about probably my biggest musical artist of all-time, I won't complain. From what I've read, Mr. Hiddleston was basically trained to be as spot-on as possible, and when I saw the movie, he had me believing it was Hank. Elizabeth Olsen did a very good job as Audrey as well.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the movie and am anticipating any special edition releases when it comes out on DVD in a few months. Of course, there were moments of sadness especially toward the end, but there were also moments of happiness and (at least for me) a few chuckles. Although I wouldn't rank this as high as "Walk the Line" in my list of biopics, it was definitely worth the price of admission to me and I would totally see it again if given the opportunity.


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