What dreams and demons paced through Hank Williams' mind that cold New Year's Eve as he lay dying on the back seat of his north- bound Cadillac? Were there glowing images of Audrey, his first wife, and of the son Hank left... more » behind? Did his thoughts flicker to Billie Jean, his flashy new bride? And did he recall the adoring crowds and smiles as they roared at his name? Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave brings these speculations to life. Using Williams' last ride as its dramatic context, the movie permits the hunted singer to play one final show, during which all his fears and passions--all his genius and small-mindedness--tumble out for us to see. Still, this is not a grim or preachy drama. Its dark and tragic elements are emotionally balanced by Williams' folksy charm, sly wit and classic songs.« less
"Iwould like to rate this movie with my own ratings. There are not enough stars in your ratings, that could give Sneezy Waters the credit he deserves,in the performance of singing the song,These Men With Broken Hearts.Iwatched this movie when it first was played on TV,and I am still watching it.There was something about the way he sang,or maybe I should say the way he talked through this song, that has left a mark on my heart,for the sad and lonely Hank Williams. Snezzy Waters must have had help from and Angel, to sing that song with such emotion, and make it all the way through it with-out breaking down crying.Everbody needs to watch this movie, if only to listen, to the words of the song Men With Broken Hearts.I ordered me another copy of it. What else could I possibly say, except get it while you still can.I would like to know who wrote the words to that song. Was it Hank Williams? God Bless Him."
True Hank Fan | Tennessee | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Sneezy Waters?" I swear I forgot it wasn't really Hank Williams. I saw this several years ago on tv somewhere and there isn't a wasted moment in it. You have to watch the facial expressions and body language in the crowd. This is an absolute work of art."
BEST POSSIBLE HANK BIOGRAPHY
Ralph L. Vitale Jr. | ARLINGTON, VA United States | 08/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Originating on stage in London, England in 1980, "The Show He Never Gave" is a labor of love by a devoted Hank Williams fan who fully understood Hank's legacy as the greatest country star of all time. Focusing on the last hours in his life, his story is told through words and music. Hank's addictions are part of the story, but kept in perspective. This is the most emotional movie I've ever seen, and I've seen thousands. Performances and photography are perfect. Since there is only 10 minutes of real Hank footage in existance --- which I finally saw after 50 years --- this hard-hitting movie is the next best thing."
One Of The Better Ones
Joey Allcorn | Columbus, GA | 01/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is one of the better ones about Hank Sr. Compared to "Your Cheatin' Heart" and the Jim Owens films its probably the best. A fairly accurate job on Hank by Sneezy, excluding the revival/church type stuff. Hank would have never done that. Being a Hank Williams historian of sorts, Id recommend this one to Williams fans but watch it with a grain of salt. (ie Hank never had drums on stage) :)"
You gotta get used to the voice.
Ralph L. Vitale Jr. | 08/07/1997
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Once you get past the lead actor's voice--it's not a double for Hank's by any stretch of the imagination--this is a fun film to watch. The actor who plays Hank is virtually a dead-on look-alike, so once I got used to hearing him, I could imagine I was actually watching a Hank Williams concert. The mood is just right, although the acting could have been cut short, with a little more focus on the music. The acting is too melodramatic at parts, especially the scenes where Hank is in his car on the night he died, and the characters are too archetypical, especially the drug dealer, "Doc," who gives Hank his fix, and the drunk in the audience. The band is quite good, the crowd is realistic, and the lead actor does a great job impersonating Hank, beyond the voice part. All in all, it's an enjoyable film, and it's a must for fans of Hank Williams. END"