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This is a movie that is meant to chronicle the a brief portion of the life of Hank Williams in the winter of 1952. This would actually be the last three days of Williams' life. Now that his career is starting to dwindle down and his popularity is doing the same, he decides to play a couple of shows in West Virginia and Ohio to ring in the new year.

Due to the bad weather, Williams was unable to fly to the booked show that he had in Ohio on Jan 1st, 1953. Instead, he hired a college student to drive him up there. This young lad was charged with the task of ensuring that Williams would get there clean and sober, as this was part of a plan to revive the young man's struggling career. However, this plan would not go off without a hitch as the lad would spend much of his time keeping Williams from fights and attempting to keep him from the alcohol that would be a large part of his death.

The movie primarily focuses on the interaction between the driver and Hank Williams, and much of the movie is spent within the vehicle. This is where Williams is known to have died along his way to his scheduled performance in Canton, Ohio. Given the secretive nature of the details surrounding the location of Williams' death, the film itself remains true to what is factual about the event and leaves the rest to the audience.

The film is directed by Harry Thomason, who is a native to the area in which the film was primarily shot. Another native to the Arkansas film set where most of the movie would be filmed was the lead actor Henry Thomas, who portrayed the 29-year-old Hank Williams in the film. The driver, Silas, an equal lead role in the film, is Jesse James. Other popular names would grace this film as well, including Ray McKinnon, Fred Dalton Thompson, and Kaley Cuoco.

PG-13
| 2012 | 1 hr 44 min | 5.8/10 | 45/100
Cast
Jesse James, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ray McKinnon, Henry Thomas
Studio
Catagory One Films
Director
Harry Thomason, Harry Z. Thomason
Language
English
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