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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.
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Bill Hicks ...
Himself (archive footage)
Dwight Slade ...
Himself, friend of Bill Hicks
Mary Hicks ...
Herself, Bill Hicks' mother
Steve Hicks ...
Himself
Lynn Hicks ...
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Himself
James Ladmirault ...
Himself
David Johndrow ...
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John Farneti ...
Himself
Andy Huggins ...
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Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

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The greatest comic of his generation. Kicked ass. Took names. Changed the game.


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Greatest American Comedian of all time . . .
18 November 2010 | by (Detroit, Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

Namaste, Venakam, Salaam Alaikum, Sat Sri Akal.

Bill Hicks' comedy has been a godsend in my personal life. Being a native of the Balkan region of former Yugoslavia trying to acclimate to American society without acculturating and losing my identity, his work was invaluable. He has said the things that most people don't even acknowledge or think about.

Bill hicks was an amazing artist and human being on many levels. In particular, on a spiritual and philosophical level, he is easily the most relevant and profound comedian of all time. No other individual has managed to take the unpalatable truths of "modern society" and deliver them with the intellectual poise, sincerity and utter hilarity of Bill Hicks.

He is in our hearts and minds for all eternity, and its a joy to have known his eternal individual nature through his recordings.

May we meet again in the cosmic energy pool of eternity.

Peace, Love & Light,

Almir

"It's just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one."

  • William Melvin "Bill" Hicks


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