Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave

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Overview

This 1981 performance film embodies an act of speculative imagination: What thoughts ran through the mind of legendary country and western singer Hank Williams, Sr. (1923-53), as he lay dying in the backseat of his Cadillac, en route to a concert in Ohio, on December 31, 1952? Playwright Maynard Collins imagined that he fantasized about playing one last gig as an awareness of his impending death sunk in, and that concert - the one that never happened - gets a full visualization in this film of the popular ...
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Overview

This 1981 performance film embodies an act of speculative imagination: What thoughts ran through the mind of legendary country and western singer Hank Williams, Sr. (1923-53), as he lay dying in the backseat of his Cadillac, en route to a concert in Ohio, on December 31, 1952? Playwright Maynard Collins imagined that he fantasized about playing one last gig as an awareness of his impending death sunk in, and that concert - the one that never happened - gets a full visualization in this film of the popular Canadian cabaret show. Using the ride in the Cadillac as a narrative framing device, director David Acomba places his emphasis squarely on the stage fantasy, where Williams - here played by country singer "Sneezy" Waters - delivers a succession of the crooner's best known and loved songs, including "Kaw-Liga," "Lovesick Blues" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." Waters projects Williams's down-home charm, both backstage and in his interaction with the audience, and enables the audience to see directly into the soul of this self-destructive and emotionally beleaguered young man.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • UPC: 096009700294
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,952

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
"Sneezy" Waters Hank Williams
Dixie Seatle Betty Anne
Sean McCann Betty Anne
Sean Hewitt Doctor
Jackie Washington Janitor
George Essery Musical Director
Keith Glass Guitar
Joel Zifkin Fiddle
Ron Dann Pedal Steel
David Harvey Bass
Peter Beaudoin Drums
Technical Credits
David Acomba Director
Maynard Collins Original Story, Screenwriter
Albert J. Dunk Cinematographer
Bill Garrett Musical Direction/Supervision
William Marshall Producer
Sally Paterson Editor
Peter R. Simpson Executive Producer
Richard Simpson Executive Producer
Helga Stephenson Associate Producer
Henk Van Der Kolk Producer
Ted Watkins Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave
1. Saturday Night Band [5:36]
2. Honky Tonkin' [4:25]
3. Thirty Four Grand [8:24]
4. One on Me [6:11]
5. You Win Again [8:50]
6. Hey Good Lookin' [4:56]
7. Half As Much [8:48]
8. New Year's Blues [2:59]
9. Mind Your Own Business [6:00]
10. Can't Disappoint [6:45]
11. Too Much Milk [4:06]
12. Bayou Beat [7:44]
13. Old Time Religion [3:36]
14. Almost There [4:14]
15. Death Comes Cheap [2:59]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2003

    HANK WILLIAMS LIVES AGAIN on VHS

    HANK WILLIAMS SR was the greatest country star who ever lived, and this wonderful video is a ''labor of love'' by a true fan. It began on the London stage (of all places) but is 100% Americana. On the night he was to die, Hank imagines playing a show in a honky tonk bar; during this time his entire life is revealed. This is the most emotional movie I've ever seen. Hits like lightning. A great tribute to Country's great star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    I bought this DVD and it is unwatchable. It constantly stops an

    I bought this DVD and it is unwatchable. It constantly stops and skips throughout the first 35 minutes and then it starts to lose all audio for long very extended periods. I was very excited to view this DVD but I got so frustrated at that point that I stopped. It seems like a very entertaining and informative story but this copy is completely useless.

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