The true life story of the outlaw comic who tried to save the world, as told by the 10 people who knew him best. Apr 15, 2011 instead of making the film an indictment or tribute to a comic that transcended telling jokes, directors matt harlock and paul thomas use their film american. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in bill hicks comic genius. Photoanimated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew bill best. I loved the approach, with using voice over interviews over top of some. A true product of the american dream, his rebellious and. Directed by matt harlock and paul thomas, american. A true product of the american dream, his rebellious and exhilarating comedy left no stone unturned and his. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of america and modern life hea. With bill hicks, dwight slade, mary hicks, steve hicks.
Photoanimated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the. In this unseen footage, kevin talks about bill living alone. American scream by cynthia true is a fairly straightforward biography of bill hicks, telling the story of his short life, until the untimely death of age 32, describing his childhood, influences, passion and intellect. American is the story of one of the most influential comedians of the modern era. Much more than a comedian, bill hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. The title of the film is a little more compelling than at first glance. He is still regularly found in top 20 polls of best comedians, and is regarded by many as the comedians comedian such is his high regard. One of lifes many contradictions is that the country that spawned a genius also spurned him, most notably david letterman. Song for ma momma, bill on christianity, dinosars, bullies of the world. The bill hicks story streaming dvdrip, regarder american. The bill hicks story is a new favorite when it comes to documentaries, especially biographical documentaries. Russell crowe announced in 2012 that he would direct a bill hicks biopic. The bill hicks story 2010 starring kevin booth and john farneti on dvd and bluray. The portrait of bill was shot on palm beach in 1989, and in typical hicks style, when.
As a rebellious teenager, he discovered that comedy was a way to break all the rules, but then he found it could also open peoples. Maybe i expected a bit more detail about his early years as a teenage comic or even during his outlaw comic days, but i was left wanting more knowledge all around to fill in some details about where his humor originated. Legendary texan outlaw comic bill hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. Interviews and clever use of still photographs illustrate the life of a talented but often controversial comic who died of cancer at age 32. American the bill hicks story released on 8 april 2011 in usa. The story of a son, a brother and a friend, this funny and critically acclaimed film is told in the round by. The bill hicks story is an excellent documentary which has the hard task of making bill s childhood years. The bill hicks story, a conversation with director. The bill hicks story is the ground breaking new documentary that brings the tale of one of.
Much more than just a comedian, bill hicks has become an inspiration to millions around the world. Jan 25, 2002 i really cherish bill hicks, so when i read this book, i was a little disappointed with the content. The bill hicks story is a new favorite when it comes to documentaries, especially biographical. The bill hicks story, based on interviews with his family and friends, premiered on march 12, 2010, at the south by southwest film festival in austin, texas. Filmmaker matt harlock talks the late comic legend as innovator of standup rebel humor, and his politics of. The bill hicks story brings the tale of one of modern cultures most iconic heroes to the big screen. If youve never heard of him before in your life, then you need to see this film even more urgently. If you choose watch now, the video will instantly stream to your computer and you may later stream it on another compatible device. One of lifes many contradictions is that the country that spawned a genius also spurned him, most notably david letterman scrapping his final of many appearances on the late show. American standup comedian, political and social satirist. The bill hicks story, a biographical film covering the late comedians life.
Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian bill hicks s legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. The bill hicks story is an autobiographical film which tells the story of bill hicks life and career. The award winning true life story of the outlaw comic bill hicks, told by the people who knew him best. The bill hicks story is how exactly hicks became so angry, not to mention how much of the. The film was produced by matt harlock and paul thomas, and features archival footage and interviews with family and friends, including kevin booth. While bill hicks s transformation from clownish southern baptist teenager to cultishly adored social commentator is an arresting tale, american falls short in failing to focus on the monologues that made him a beloved and alienating rogue. E ver since bill hickss death in 1994 at the age of 32, the texan comic has been subject to a creeping lionisation that has promoted him gradually into the.
The bill hicks story is not the last word on this enduring figure in comedy, but its certainly the most personal. Check out other translated books in french, spanish languages. Bill hicks was a comedian, though that term hardly describes the full range and impact of his work. The bill hicks story edited portions throuought program 8. The bill hicks story replay slideshow previous slide next slide.
The bill hicks story is quite simply an exhaustive chronicle of how the comedian morphed from a talented adolescent athlete into the foulmouthed, chainsmoking prophet screaming at. Not rated documentary, animation, biography, comedy. The bill hicks story to simply tell the story of the man himself. The bill hicks story is a 2009 biographical documentary film on the life of comedian bill hicks. The bill hicks story photoanimated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew bill hicks best. Kevin was bill s lifelong friend and producer, and recorded, mixed and edited much of bill s audio output, as well as playing guitar on those albums. He was described by many names philosopher, social satirist, even preacher, but he was ultimately a comic who believed that he could reach his audiences with. Bill hicks is considered by many to be the greatest comedian of the modern era. Steve hicks added, our whole mission statement is just to preserve his legacy, honour it, treat it with respect and to share bill with the people in the world who are interested in him. The bill hicks story since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian bill hicks. The filmmakers used a cutandpaste animation technique to add movement to a large collection of.
The bill hicks story is a documentary film of the life and stylings of the comedian bill hicks. Watch american the bill hicks story 2011 full movie online. Weve just passed the seventeenth anniversary of the death of bill hicks, and in memoriam id like to present the trailer for american. As well as the recordings of his performances listed below some released during his lifetime, some posthumously there is a collection of letters, lyrics and routines entitled love all the people. Is it his uncanny comical skewering of governmental nonsense. Apr, 2011 bill hicks is a hero comedian, fighter for truth and for alternative thinking. The bill hicks story is a biographical documentary film on the life of comedian bill hicks. Why is bill hicks, the american comedianphilosopher poetsage who passed away in 1994, hotter than ever. The bill hicks story 2009 benvenuti sul sito guardarefilm. A true product of the american dream, his rebellious and exhilarating comedy left no stone unturned and his profound observations on american life were a life changing experience for many who saw him. The brief trajectory of bill hicks is a saga that has only grown larger since his death from cancer in 1994, with the comedians brainily profane, takenoprisoners. Jun 17, 2011 legendary texan outlaw comic bill hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. American, the bill hicks story was nominated for the grierson british documentary award in 2010, and its not hard to see why. Revelations 2016 bills pivotal performance, revelations, filmed at the dominion.
Dec 17, 2011 legendary texan outlaw comic bill hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. Mar 12, 2002 the essential history of postwar american standup comedy can be told in six words. As much as that first word has become overly besmirched of late, its a good idea to remind ourselves of its meaning here in the hicksian sense. A comics comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, hicks was one of a kind, a lenny bruce for the late 20th century, and few are. Sep, 2009 kevin booth, as featured in the new animated documentary american the bill hicks story for info goto. The bill hicks story unfolds his life and work, in a. Even though bill hicks died over 16 years ago, his reputation has continued to grow. The filmmakers used a cutandpaste animation technique to add movement to a large collection of still pictures used to document events in hicks. The bill hicks story not available on your favorite video service. If you already know and love bill hicks, then you need to see this film. American the bill hicks story kevin booth unseen footage. The bill hicks story movie trailers, exclusive videos, interviews from the cast, movie clips and more at. The bill hicks story brings to life the amazing true story of one of modern cultures most iconic figures.
I cant believe that it took until 2002 until someone wrote about bill hicks as it was acknowledged since the time of his death what a major influence he had on comedy. Bill hicks was well known for his dark humor, and his heavy criticism of social problems. Doppelganger33 ltd painting comedian bill hicks smoking large art print poster wall decor 18x24 inch supplied ready to hang with included mount brackets. The bill hicks story is an excellent documentary which has the hard task of making bill s childhood years interesting, and chartering his long, lonely years on the road. A culture hero of the modern, open and liberal america. Bill hicks had built up a large and very loving fan base in his adopted home of the uk before his sad and early departure. A true product of the american dream, his rebellious and exhilarating co. Bill hicks is a hero comedian, fighter for truth and for alternative thinking. Bill hicks was an american comedian who passed away in 1994 leaving behind a comedy legacy. The texasborn hicks, who died in 1994 from pancreatic cancer at the. Matt harlock, paul thomas director of the movie american the bill hicks story with cast kevin booth, john farneti and bill hicks.149 1220 1212 472 1280 566 998 800 782 530 853 321 355 97 319 531 1150 1392 1423 730 422 1353 807 1283 932 178 1453