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2015 American flick

I Saw the Low-cal

Theatrical release poster

Directed by Marc Abraham
Written by Marc Abraham
Based on Hank Williams: The Biography

by Colin Escott
George Merritt
William MacEwen
Produced by
  • Marc Abraham
  • Aaron 50. Gilbert
  • Brett Ratner
  • Yard. Marq Roswell
Starring
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Cherry Jones
  • Bradley Whitford
  • Maddie Hasson
  • Wrenn Schmidt
Cinematography Dante Spinotti
Edited by Alan Heim
Music past Aaron Zigman

Production
companies

  • Bron Studios
  • CW Media Finance
  • RatPac Entertainment
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics

Release dates

  • September 11, 2015 (2015-09-xi)
    (TIFF)
  • March 25, 2016 (2016-03-25)
    (United States)

Running time

123 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English language
Upkeep $13 million[ii]
Box office $1.eight million[3]


I Saw the Calorie-free

is a 2015 American biographical drama film directed, written, and produced past Marc Abraham, starring Tom Hiddleston every bit country music legend Hank Williams and Elizabeth Olsen equally his first wife, Audrey Williams. Information technology is based on the volume
Hank Williams: The Biography
by Colin Escott, George Merritt, and William (Beak) MacEwen. Information technology was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[4]

The motion-picture show is a biographical dramatization of country and dejection singer-songwriter Hank Williams, his life and rise to fame as one of country music’s nearly popular and influential artists. The title comes from the gospel vocal of the same name written and performed past Williams. The film was released on March 25, 2016, past Sony Pictures Classics.[5]

Premise

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The film revolves around land music singer Hank Williams’ ascent to fame and sudden death at the age of 29. Information technology likewise explains his rocky marriage to and eventual divorce from Audrey Sheppard mostly due to his alcoholism and infidelity.[6]

Cast

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  • Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams[7]
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Audrey Sheppard Williams, Hank’s married woman, managing director, and duet partner.[eight]
    Female parent of their son, Hank Williams Jr.
  • Cherry Jones as Lillie Skipper Williams, Hank’due south mother.[ix]
  • Bradley Whitford as Fred Rose, co-owner of Acuff-Rose song publishing in Nashville, who produced Williams’ records and co-wrote several songs with Williams.[9]
  • Maddie Hasson equally Billie Jean, a 19-yr-onetime pursued by Hank afterwards his divorce from Audrey who eventually becomes his second wife and widow.[10]
  • Wrenn Schmidt as Bobbie Jett, had a short relationship with Hank later his divorce from Audrey. She gave nativity to their girl, Jett Williams.[eleven]
  • David Krumholtz every bit James Dolan, a New York journalist.[12]
  • Josh Pais as Dore Schary, a movie manager, producer and former caput of MGM Studios.[11]
  • James DuMont equally WB Nolan, a music promoter and small-town mayor.[eleven]
  • Casey Bond as Jerry Rivers[thirteen]
  • Jayson Warner Smith as Hank Snowfall[14]
  • Michael Rinne equally Lum York, bass player in Hank’s band, Drifting Cowboys.[15]
  • Joshua Brady every bit Sammy Pruett, lead guitarist in Hank’south ring, Drifting Cowboys.[15]
  • Wes Langlois as Don Helms, steel guitarist in Drifting Cowboys[15]
  • Von Lewis as Ray Toll, a country vocaliser and roommate of Hank Williams.
  • Fred Parker Jr. as Faron Immature[xvi]
  • Rob Boltin every bit Frank Walker, president of MGM Records.

Product

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Pre-product

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Managing director Marc Abraham began developing the film in 2009 and adapted the screenplay himself.[17]
In June 2014, producers secured the rights to Williams’ music for the film after making a deal with Sony ATV.[7]
[18]
Aaron L. Gilbert with Bron Studios produced the pic aslope Brett Ratner’southward production visitor RatPac Entertainment, G. Marq Roswell and Abraham.[18]
Creative Wealth Media Finance financed the picture.[19]
On June 12, 2014, British player Tom Hiddleston who was set to play Hank Williams, posted an image of himself on his Twitter account, dressed as Williams with the title of the motion picture every bit the caption.[xx]

Hiddleston sang his own music for the film, likewise taking on Williams’ southern accent.[21]
To prepare for the film and piece of work on his singing and guitar playing, Hiddleston proficient with country vocalist Rodney Crowell.[22]
In July 2014, Crowell signed on to exist the executive music producer for the film while Carter Piffling, who has worked with the Black Keys on
The Human being With the Atomic number 26 Fists, signed on to serve as music supervisor.[23]
Crowell said of Hiddleston: “After nearly a month spent collaborating with this gifted creative person, I’1000 as respectful of the man’south work ethic as I’m mystified past his transformational skills. Without a doubt, the filmmakers chose the right actor for the job.”[24]

At the 2014 Wheatland Music Festival, Hiddleston sang “Move It on Over” and “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”, promoting the picture.[25]
[26]

Casting for the film for extras and additional actors begin in September 2014. Casting was done by Legacy Casting and Tracy Kilpatrick of The Casting Office.[27]
On September 12,
Rolling Stone
appear that Elizabeth Olsen would be playing Audrey Williams, Hank’southward wife, manager and duet partner.[eight]

Filming

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Chief photography took identify in Shreveport, Louisiana, starting in October 2014 and ending in Dec 2014.[7]
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[29]

Criticism

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Williams’ grandson, singer Hank Williams Three, has publicly expressed his displeasure for Hiddleston’s singing skills.[30]
Soon after Hiddleston’s performance of “Motion It on Over” at the Wheatland Music Festival, Williams posted negative criticism of aspects of Hiddleston’s phonation on Facebook, along with a video of himself singing his granddad’s hit.[31]

Williams went on to critique Hiddleston’s role, proverb “To do a Hank Williams flick the way it should exist done you need certain aspects in the mix to make right. It goes style beyond having an American to play the part of Hiram Hank Williams Sr. for it to be somewhat natural, it needs to be an American from the South who has eaten, lived and breathed these kind of roles before.”[31]
[32]
On September 11, 2015, soon later Hiddleston posted a film clip on social media, Williams fabricated another statement on Facebook, saying that the film seemed to lack “justice and real foundation.”[33]

Conversely, Holly Williams, granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. and half-sister of Hank Williams 3, praised Hiddleston’s performance, stating in an interview with
Rolling Rock, “Tom actually put his whole heart and soul into information technology. He worked and then hard to embody everything about Hank, all of the nuances and who Hank really was. Tom put all his passion into his performance.”[34]

Soundtrack

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I Saw the Calorie-free (Original Move Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by

Diverse artists

Released March 25, 2016 (2016-03-25)
Length
32:54
Label Legacy Recordings

The soundtrack for
I Saw the Light
was released on March 25, 2016,[35]
by Legacy Recordings. Seven of the songs are performed by Tom Hiddleston and the Saddle Jump Boys.[36]

Rail listing

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Release

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The moving picture was originally scheduled to be released on November 27, 2015, by Sony Pictures Classics.[37]
However, on October 16, the release date was pushed back to March 25, 2016, for the limited release, with wide expansion is getting started on Apr 1.[v]

Reception

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I Saw the Light
received mixed to negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 18% score based on 154 reviews, with an average rating of iv.59/ten. The site’s consensus states: “I Saw the Light
boasts a terrifically talented cast, but their performances aren’t enough to enliven an unfocused biopic that never comes close to capturing its bailiwick’s timeless appeal.”[38]
Metacritic reports a 47 out of 100 rating based on 35 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[39]

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of
The A.5. Order
criticized
I Saw the Calorie-free
for not having “a spark of insight or psychology to it,” and stated “no character in the pic ever comes across as more than an emphasis.”[40]
Peter Travers of
Rolling Stone
gave the film one of four stars, stating “Not even a singin’, boozin’ Tom Hiddleston can save this tepid Hank Williams biopic from itself.”[41]

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External links

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  • Official website
  • I Saw the Light
    at IMDb
  • I Saw the Light
    at Box Role Mojo
  • I Saw the Low-cal
    at Rotten Tomatoes
  • I Saw the Light
    at Metacritic
    Edit this at Wikidata
  • “I Saw The Light – Hank Williams great biopic” (in Russian). July xx, 2018.



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