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American: The Bill Hicks Story (Blu-ray)

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American: The Bill Hicks Story brings to life the amazing true story of one of modern culture’s most iconic figures. Much more than just a comedian, Bill Hicks has become an inspiration to millions around the world. As a rebellious teenager, he discovered that comedy was a way to break all the rules, but then he found it could also open people’s minds. Bill’s comedy challenged the injustices of life head on, but his uncompromising approach met with conflict in America and it was instead on the international stage where he found fame. In 1993, on the verge of wider success, Bill fell ill with terminal cancer, but his timeless material has lived on, revered by comedians and audiences alike as the man who changed comedy forever. Taking documentary to a new level, American uses interviews, archive footage including many unseen performances, and stunning animation to bring Bill’s inspiring story to life, told for the first time by those that knew him best.


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UA8D28
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,471 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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If you consider yourself a fan of the late Bill Hicks then this is a must see documentary. Very well put together as you get a chronological order of the events that took place on his rise to stardom. Included some early life and behind the scene details of Hicks' trials and tribulations. I thought the beginning of the film was a little slow but things quickly picked up as Hick's career started to bloom. Production did a good job including many of Bill's early and late footage of his shows. Fan or not, I think no one will be disappointed watching this film. Its unfortunate that we do not have enough people like Bill Hicks to invoke thought as well as put a comical light on issues that may normally bring about negative feelings. R.I.P.
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I saw it tonight on its second US release after NYC and before LA, in a small bar in Denton, Texas, surrounded by about 50 Bill Hicks fans, and if you get a chance to see it like that, do so. Next best, invite a few fans over to watch it, and rent it as Video on Demand.

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.
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I enjoyed this and have been wanting to watch for a while.

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.
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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. I thought this movie would contain footage and interviews with Bill Hicks, but it's more or less narrated by his friends and family. A majority of this film is animated with still photos and contains very little of Bill's actual stand up routines.

They didn't show his memorable freak outs against hecklers and didn't even showcase some of his best jokes in the film. I thought that this documentary would contain interviews and footage and show more of what a brilliant comedian Bill was. Instead, it's just a narrated, animated story that drags on for too long on useless details.It wasn't interesting, the pacing was awfully slow, and there really wasn't much of a story to tell.

What this documentary needed to include was more footage of Bill Hicks in general, not this campy, animated garbage that we were presented with. I was hoping this video would make my girlfriend more interested in this comedian, instead it put her to sleep while I watched and wondered why I wasted my money on this.

If you want more Bill Hicks, watch his stand up routines. There's no story to tell here except that he died tragically young and was under appreciated by his own country.
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Writing from Austin, Texas (Bill Hick's home base), I must say I am saddened and outraged that this release has not been made available here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is no surprise that this is a UK import - they appreciated him more over there then they ever did here. Jolly good! I doubt this will ever get a stateside NTSC release. If you have a way to play PAL DVDs, then this is manna from heaven for any Bill Hicks fan. Kudos to the film makers for this awesome tribute to Mr. William Melvin Hicks! The graphics are unique and the film is a true testament to the impact Bill Hicks has had and continues to have as his words ring truer everyday.
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This movie was great. I had heard some of Bill Hicks standup but didn't know anything about his life. Turns out it was pretty damn interesting and to make this movie even better his family and friends do most of the narration. Anyone who even remotely likes his comedy will really enjoy this film.
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Although I am a big fan of stand up comedy, I never knew much about Bill Hicks or ever saw any of his performances. A local morning radio show host here in Austin, Dale Dudley, speaks of him often so I decided to watch this documentary to learn about him. All I can say is wow. How could I have missed this guy living right here in Austin, TX. He is a true insperation and this documentary captures his art and soul perfectly.
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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. Perhaps, even more relevant now considering the state of the world. It's tragic that we lost him at such a young age. He was only 32 when he died, but he gave so much to the world during his brief time on earth. His comedy makes you laugh, makes you think and helps you to wake up. Anyone who encourages you to think for yourself and question authority is a hero in my book and Bill really does speak the truth fearlessly while making you piss your pants in laughter at the same time.

The documentary is excellent. It's very well done and provides some wonderful insight into Bill's formative years, his family, his rise to fame (albeit cut short before his popularity could really take off) and his philosophy on life and living.

Bill Hicks really was an American patriot in the true sense of the word and so much more. Dare I say, he was prophetic. This documentary is totally worth watching and owning too. Get it. Watch it. You won't regret it.
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