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cover: American: The Bill Hicks Story (2d-2011)

American: The Bill Hicks Story (2d-2011)

Director(s): Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas

Theatrical Release: 2011

Cast: Bill Hicks, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks, Dwight Slade, Kevin Booth, John Farneti

Genre(s): stand-up comedy, Documentary, biography, culture, animation, BBC, Dean's List

Countries: United Kingdom, USA


Location in store: Documentary > Stand-Up Comedy

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Running Time: 101m.

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, Texas, 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 stand-up routines to life and create a visual compliment to his comedic vision. American: The Bill Hicks Story received its world premiere at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival. (allrovi.com)

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2-DVD Set 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
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