American: The Bill Hicks Story

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Released 2010

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Director:
Paul Thomas
Released:
2010
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Since his tragic death from cancer at age 32, comedian Bill Hicks's legend and stature have only grown, and this unique documentary tells his story, blending live footage, interviews and animation to fill in the details of a life cut short. A comic's comic and unflagging critic of hypocrisy and cultural emptiness, Hicks was one of a kind, a Lenny Bruce for the late 20th century, and few are more deserving of this in-depth biographic treatment.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Posthumous albums and now this film are securing his legacy and enduring influence.

  • 60

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    An oddly sterile documentary inspired by a particularly fecund imagination, American: The Bill Hicks Story recounts a bright-burning life while leaving us mostly in the dark.

  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A hagiographic portrait of the standup comic and social satirist who never quite reached beyond cult status in the U.S., American: The Bill Hicks Story might have impressed more of...

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    Documentary, Drama

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