American: The Bill Hicks Story (Blu-ray)
|Additional Multi-Format options||Edition||Discs||
|New from||Used from|
|Watch Instantly with||Rent||Buy|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
It is an outstanding documentary, and it deserves to win all sorts of awards. And for true fans who think they have all the CDs and videos, you'll find enough new material to satisfy you as well.
Where are you now, Bill, when we need you so much? You're in this movie, and maybe you can still inspire people to stand up and be counted.
The problem in reviewing a documentary such as "American" is many fans of Bill Hicks already know the back story of his life and career. There have been very good documentaries and books focused on this subject that do a fine job of divulging personal stories and anecdotes, and there are many bootleg videos and even commercially available dvd's that show Hicks in action on stage. "American" chooses to pick from these readily available sources to show the viewer the kind of comedian and voice he was. There are a few more rare performances shown, and those clips are definitely the highlight in this film, but for the most part one can't help but feel that old news is being rehashed constantly.Read more ›
Hicks is one of those comedians that is a true mirror to our ridiculousness. He is someone that doses out tough love that we all need to hear and absorb. Plan on watching again.
And go buy his albums.
Happily, this is not the case & the film seems to be both a genuine and sincere homage to the man himself, but also a real attempt to bring something fresh & unseen to fan-boys (such as myself).
The plot is fairly simple - it starts off with his early years and ends with his death from cancer. In the process, they place each of the DVD's and CD's in context & show lots of interview clips of fellow comedians, friends & family.
So far, so predictable.
The great thing about this film though is that they have included many, many pieces of unseen footage & have strived to put him in the context of fellow comedians (all of whom are excellent - e.g. Jimmy Pineapple (esp the 'I am 'it'' routine))
The most original contribution that the film maker's have made is to take all the 100's of photos of Bill & turned them into action-stills. A lot of the material by the man is the same, but he always had a gift of being photogenic and hence this factor symbolises the director's efforts to bring something new to the table.
By no means is this film perfect & I have heard some people say 'It's not that good', but not from anyone who's actually seen it.
One thing I can pick out is that there is nothing about his relationships or Girlfriends that were so formative to much of his comedy (e.g. his Fiance Colleen McGarr).
There is also the fact that the film ends with the 'It's Just a Ride' scene, which is fast becoming cliche (e.g.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
American: The Bill Hicks Story is a boring documentary about a very interesting man. To put it lightly, this documentary was not what I was expecting. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Wilmar Luna
Bill Hicks was probably the best comedian the U.S. has ever produced. He was a comedian's comedian.
His message is still highly relevant today. Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Since his Rant in E-Minor cd, I have been fascinated by the works of Bill Hicks. He was arguably the greatest comedian in decades.Published 2 months ago by Rollin Stone
Although I am a big fan of stand up comedy, I never knew much about Bill Hicks or ever saw any of his performances. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Coop
Absolutely amazing. Highly recommended chronicle of Bill's progression into a professional comic. This man was a comic genius whose biggest tragedy was dying way, way too young. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gabriel K. Smith
I never heard of Bill Hicks while he lived. I feel like I let him down. His shows need to be watched, and this comic profit should be heard by all. Is profit too strong of a word? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stacewizer
Billy Hicks was a special human being, and I loved seeing this story about him and getting to know him better. RIP Bill Hicks!Published 11 months ago by Sylvan Forest