American: The Bill Hicks Story

American: The Bill Hicks Story

Director: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas Cast: Bill Hicks, Mary Hicks


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American: The Bill Hicks Story

Bill Hicks was a comedian, though that term hardly describes the full range and impact of his work. Hicks used comedy a vehicle to express both rage and hope, to satirize what he saw as faulty in contemporary society and to promote his singular notion of a better world. Growing up in Houston, TX, Hicks began performing at the age of 15, and after earning a large and loyal following in Texas, he moved to L.A. and began working the comedy circuit nationwide. As Hicks maintained a punishing touring schedule (often performing 250 to 300 nights a year), he kept honing and refining his act, combining acidic political and social commentary with tales of his sexual obsessions, surreal visions of the world around him, and experiences with drugs. In 1990, Hicks performed in the United Kingdom for the first time, and there he became a star, though he failed to attract the same sort of audience in the United States. A few years later, Hicks seemed on the verge of a commercial breakthrough in America when he learned he had a rare and virulent form of cancer; he died on February 24, 1994, at the age of 32. Filmmaker Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas chronicle the life, art, and philosophy of a singular performer with the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story. Featuring interviews with Hicks' closest friends and family members, the film uses digital animation to bring his standup routines to life and create a visual complement to his comedic vision. American: The Bill Hicks Story received its world premiere at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2011
UPC: 0883929148493
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: Bbc Warner
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

30 Mins of Rare Clips including Unseen Performances and Footage from Bill's career; ; 3 Hours of Extended Interviews; Bill's Personal Audio Journals; Deleted and Alternate Scenes; ; Alternate Animation Sequences; Trailers & Audience Reactions; ; 1.5 Hours Of Featurettes: Austin SXSW Panel w/Bill's friends; Dominion Tour; Festivals in the US and UK w/the Hicks; ; Bill's Family visit Abbey Road; UK 15th Anniversary Tribute; Comedy School; Dwight in London; Making of Arizona Bay; The Ranch

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Hicks Actor
Mary Hicks Participant
Steve Hicks Participant
Lynn Hicks Participant
Kevin Booth Participant
Dwight Slade Participant
David Johndrow Participant
James Ladmirault Participant
John Farneti Participant
Andy Huggins Participant
Steve Epstein Participant

Technical Credits
Matt Harlock Director,Animator,Producer,Screenwriter
Paul Thomas Director,Animator,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Rachel Barke Associate Producer
Sarah Bemand Consultant/advisor
Kevin Booth Score Composer
Mark Daniels Score Composer
Suzanne Gilfillan Editor
Marblehead Johnson Score Composer
Mark Lesbirel Associate Producer
Suhan Razzaque Consultant/advisor
Graham Smith Animator
Sarah Wilby Consultant/advisor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American: The Bill Hicks Story
1. Opening Titles [2:37]
2. The Early Years [8:08]
3. Sneaking Out [3:51]
4. The Comix Annex [4:22]
5. Adventure in LA [7:23]
6. Return To Houston [3:09]
7. Drunk Years [7:14]
8. Ranch Tripping [9:26]
9. Going Sober In New York [5:15]
10. Sane Man [11:29]
11. HBO Television Beckons [10:13]
12. Success In The UK [1:14]
13. Diagnosis & Arizona Bay [6:57]
14. The Waco Incident [7:24]
15. The Last Letterman Show [2:57]
16. It's Just a Ride [4:37]
Disc #2 -- American: The Bill Hicks Story
1. Early Annex Years [25:24]
2. Heading to LA [14:46]
3. Back in Houston with the Outlaw Comics [15:02]
4. The Dark Years [11:05]
5. Going Sober [11:38]
6. Performing in the UK [7:06]
7. Diagnosis [8:24]
8. Bill Tells His Friends [16:36]
9. Love, Laughter & Truth [11:05]

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