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Paul Williams Still Alive (2011)

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A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams.

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Stephen Kessler

Writer:

Stephen Kessler
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Credited cast:
Paul Williams ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Beatty ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Blake ... Self (archive footage)
Karen Carpenter ... Self (archive footage)
Richard Carpenter ... Self (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Self (archive footage)
Dick Clark ... Self (archive footage)
Angie Dickinson ... Self (archive footage)
Daryl Dragon ... Self (archive footage)
Kermit the Frog ... Self (archive footage)
Debbie Harry ... Self (archive footage)
Dustin Hoffman ... Self (archive footage)
Gabe Kaplan ... Self (archive footage)
Jack Klugman ... Self (archive footage)
Peter Lawford ... Self (archive footage)
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A documentary about legendary songwriter and 70's icon Paul Williams.

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Rated PG-13 for drug references and brief strong language
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Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Rainy Days And Mondays
words and music by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
performed by Carpenters Music Box Hits
performed by Music Box Masters
Courtesy of Almo Corp. (ASCAP)
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Watch It Only For The Curiosity Factor
4 January 2014 | by iamyuno2See all my reviews

Funny - 2012 must have been the year for depressing documentaries about aging great singer-songwriters.

Like the Neil Young Journeys fiasco, this film disappoints. It's not boring like Young's film, but it is sad, sad, sad!!!

And why did Stephen Kessler hound Williams until the end, with old video clips that only humiliated him and made him want to throw Kessler out of his house?

I was a writer for Downbeat magazine years ago and I profiled famous jazz musicians, some of whom had personal rough spots and most of whom had seen their careers die down with age. But I knew enough not to make them uncomfortable or embarrass them with insulting questions...and, in the telling, I didn't emphasize the darker side of things. Yes, tell the tale, but with giants like Paul Williams (those of you who weren't around might not know he was on the top of the world once, having written scores of great hit songs sung by many - including himself - and he rose to celebrityhood also on his wit and charm) need to be treated with a little more respect.

And PS Kessler, I - the grandson of a great songwriter and bandleader - can tell you that the music industry eats you up and spits you out. It's a rare person whose fame or popularity lasts a lifetime and it's no fault of the artist.

The Monkees' Davy Jones, may he rest in peace, had a career in later life much like Williams. This is what happens in the fickle music industry. Even Boston's lead singer, Brad Delp, who sadly took his own life not long ago, experienced disappointment after having been on top of the world in one of the best rock bands ever.

So...there's a bigger story here and it's not told.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,116, 10 June 2012

Gross USA:

$38,691

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,691
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