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American: The Bill Hicks Story

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'At last, the true life story of the outlaw comic who tried to save the world. He still might.'

Bill Hicks is considered by many to be the greatest comedian of the last 20 years, ironic given his anonymity in his native America. He was a preacher, a philosopher, a raging prophet who believed he could save his audience by confronting them with truth - and dick jokes. He was considered criminally unpatriotic at home for skewering the hypocrisies of the government, media and organised religion, but he broke out internationally and stunned UK audiences made him a star.

Just as he was on the verge of conquering the USA, he was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer. He was 32 years old.

15 years after his death, his popularity continues to grow, his CD's and DVDs selling more than ever and Bill himself regularly rated in 'best of' lists. Now, for the first time, his fascinating and ultimately uplifting life story is told by those that knew him best. Made in close association with Bill’s family and friends, it features unprecedented access to unseen archive material and a stunning new animation technique throughout.

American: The Bill Hicks Story is the definitive record of one of America's most iconic modern heroes - a fearless voice as relevant today as ever.


Type of film
Running Time
115 mins
HD 1080P
Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas 1st Feature
Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas
Paul Thomas
Director of Photography
Paul Thomas
Bill Hicks, Marblehead Johnson and various
Principal Cast
Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks, Lynn Hicks, Kevin Booth, Dwight Slade, David Johndrow, James Ladmirault, John Farneti, Andy Huggins, Steve Epstein

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Last updated 30th April 2009

Production Company

Halflife Films/Jackamo TV
c/o American The Movie Ltd
Suite 2, The Lawn, Ealing Green
London W5 5ER

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