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Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Legendary Texan outlaw comic Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. A true product of the American dream, his rebellious and exhilarating comedy left no stone unturned and his profound observations on American life were a life-changing experience for many who saw him.

The story of a son, a brother and a friend, this funny and critically-acclaimed film is told 'in the round' by the family and peers who knew Hicks best. With captivating photographs animating the scenes of his rollercoaster life - from precocious teenager through the dark years of addiction to his spectacular recovery - Hicks found international fame before his life was tragically cut short by cancer at the age of just 32.

This intimate and emotional portrait is both a revelation for fans, and the perfect introduction for newcomers, to an iconic comedy hero whose timeless material seems to resonate more strongly by the year.

Last on

Sat 17 Dec 2011 23:00 BBC Four

  • Sneaking Out

    Sneaking Out

    Bill used to wait for his friend Dwight to pick him up so they could sneak out and perform at the local comedy club.

Credits

Participant
Bill Hicks
Participant
Mary Hicks
Participant
Steve Hicks
Participant
Lynn Hicks
Participant
Dwight Slade
Participant
Kevin Booth
Participant
David Johndrow
Participant
James Ladmirault
Participant
John Farneti
Participant
Steve Epstein
Director
Matt Harlock
Director
Paul Thomas
Producer
Matt Harlock
Producer
Paul Thomas

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