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American: The Bill Hicks Story (Blu-ray)
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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 ›
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.
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.
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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This movie was great. I had heard some of Bill Hicks standup but didn't know anything about his life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Matt W.
Love this, watched it several times. Great look at a great mind. Bill Hicks was ahead of his time.Published 1 month ago by Tyler Ryyth
A very entertaining Eye opener. Raw and real. Bill sheds light on the truth of everything. A true philosopher
"Is the truth too much to ask for? Read more
This is the BEST DVD available on Bill Hicks. The interviews are priceless as well as the bits from his shows. I've watched this start to finish two different times. Read morePublished 5 months ago by mike6
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 8 months ago by Rollin Stone