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Hal is a movie starring Allison Anders, Judd Apatow, and Rosanna Arquette. Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as...

Other Titles
Hal Ashby, Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story, Regissören Hal Ashby, Hal, un director de culto
Running Time
1 hours 30 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Biography, Documentary
Amy Scott
Rosanna Arquette, Hal Ashby, Allison Anders, Judd Apatow
Audio Languages
日本語, اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Japanese, اللغة_العربية, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Hal Ashby's obsessive genius led to an unprecedented string of Oscar®-winning classics, including Harold and Maude, Shampoo and Being There. But as contemporaries Coppola, Scorsese and Spielberg rose to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature played out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.

Comments about biography «Hal» (15)

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Brandon H.

This is a compelling and riveting film about the dangers of drug abuse and the harshness of life on the streets of New York. The voices of the people who are struggling with addiction and its effects are so poignant. These are not celebrities or just people you would normally hear about, but the people in their daily lives who are dealing with the consequences of drug abuse and its effect on their families. It is no wonder that many people have turned to the drug scene and want to get their lives on track, but for some it is not an easy road. I really enjoyed this film and have recommended it to many friends. It is a must see for anyone who has ever had an addiction to any kind of drugs and wants to know more about it.

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Teresa D.

This documentary has made me think about my own life. I've thought about it for days after watching it. I think it's one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It really is a story that is worth telling. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from seeing this. I'm so glad it was made. You will be blown away by the incredible amount of footage and interviews that is included in this movie. The stories, the emotions, the people, the context, and the way the documentary was presented makes this one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It really is a fantastic movie and one that really deserves to be seen. If you haven't seen it, I strongly recommend it.

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Ronald Romero

I thought this film was very well made. I agree with most of the comments on this site, it is a wonderful film and shows the dark side of human nature. I have a simple question. How many dead people are there in the world today? If I told you that there are only 100,000,000 dead people in the world, I would have to say that this is the most stupid comment you will ever read. The reason I ask is that if the number of dead people is so small as to be an insignificant number, the reason for it must be very large, and it has to be. If there are 100,000,000 dead people, how many of those people have been intentionally killed? If it is so small as to be meaningless, then the number of people who have died in a senseless manner must be enormous. If the number of dead people is so large as to be negligible, then the reason for it must be very large, and it has to be. In my opinion, the reason for the billions of dead people in the world today must be that they are not allowed to love.

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Before you start it's a good idea to watch this movie first. I saw it at the Chicago Film Festival and it was a lot of fun. I could tell the director did his research on the people and places of the South in order to convey the true nature of the experience. He went to the most famous ones and did a great job at getting it. I thought the film would be overly sentimental and would be a story about "the good life" but it was more about being in the South. It was not an easy story to watch, but it was realistic and very well done. The actors did an excellent job and the sound was great. I recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the history of the South. It is about real people and the people who were not as well known as the ones we see today.

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David Silva

A must see for all film lovers and the true story behind the eponymous bestseller. It is a good and very enlightening look into how the real experience of prostitution and its social impact is conveyed in this movie. Being a film student I was interested to see how they used this information to tell the story. The film ends in a very interesting and positive way, which shows that this movie is not about the real story, but the film itself. If you want to learn more about how to go about your life and the role of prostitution in that life, then this is the film for you. Also, if you are a teenager who has been around the block in some way, then this is a must see.

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Wayne P.

This film was quite extraordinary. It showed a true story of a great tragedy. It shows how the media portrays the world and how the world is affected by that. It gives us a look into the mind of an intelligent man who was torn between his love for the world and his love for his daughter. It also gives us a glimpse of what it must have been like to be that special child. The only thing that I did not like about the film was the way it was filmed. I felt that it was a little long, and it did not hold my attention that much. But the way it was filmed was wonderful. It was very fascinating to watch the life of the actor. I believe it is not a film for everyone. It is very powerful, and that is why I give it a 10.

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As I watched this film I could not stop thinking about its message. I thought to myself "the government is actually trying to control our minds" and "we should not allow ourselves to be controlled." This documentary should be watched and discussed by all who believe in freedom and are concerned about the government's desire to control our minds. In its message, "A Scanner Darkly" does not try to explain the government's motives and it does not attempt to convince the viewer that they have not been "brainwashed". Rather it presents the facts that the government is indeed using its power to control minds and is actually attempting to use its power to control minds. "A Scanner Darkly" is a great documentary. It does not attempt to explain how the government could be brainwashing its people, but rather it shows how a man can be brainwashed by a propaganda machine. I think that this documentary should be seen by everyone because it reveals how a man can be brainwashed by a propaganda machine. I rate this film 9 out of 10.

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This is a must see documentary on the life and times of Oscar Wilde. He is the most interesting person I've ever met in my life. Oscar Wilde was an Englishman, born in 1812. He lived the quiet life of a 19th century artist. He was a prolific writer and an excellent poet. He was the first to pen an English language play. He became a famous writer for women and was the inspiration for the "classic" novel "Little Women." He is the greatest contemporary writer of literature. He was a very eccentric person. He was an important figure in the Victorian era. He wrote about his passion for literature, and his life was obsessed with writing. He was a very fashionable person. His writing style was eccentric and he had many eccentric friends. He was the author of a play and he wrote a play in a short time. He was an artist in many ways. He wrote in pencil, often in secret. He also used humor and satire to make his writing entertaining. In his writing, he used very few words. He used the words 'melancholy' and 'thrill' in one sentence. I will never forget the time I went to see the play, when I was 6 years old. My mother and I sat in the theater and it was all we could talk about. After the play was over, we went to a library to read the play. We were in shock because of the nature of the language. We looked at each other and said, "That was a lot." I never knew that words could be so meaningful to people. We left the theater feeling very satisfied that we had seen the play and that we had made our parents happy. This is a must see film. It will make you want to go back to see the play. It is a must see film.

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Carolyn Ford

I didn't know what to expect going into this documentary. I wasn't sure what to expect from a doc on Ron Paul's tenure in Congress. But the film completely changed my mind. It's not a doc on Ron Paul. It's a doc on his life, and in the process it makes you think a lot about the country, and the issues, and Ron Paul in particular. What I loved about this film is that it looks at Ron Paul as a person, not as a politician. The thing that really struck me about the film was that it is the first Ron Paul documentary I've seen that doesn't focus on the politics of the man. It focuses on his personal life, and I can't say that about many other documentaries. It's not anti-Paul, it doesn't take sides, and it doesn't try to portray Paul as a saint. It shows the guy who had a difficult life, and just tries to help people. This is a very good documentary, and I'm looking forward to seeing more from Paul.

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Virginia W.

This documentary is simply amazing. I did not expect much from it at all. I was totally surprised. It is not only the story of one man, but his life. I couldn't help but love this man, not just for what he has done, but for what he has not done. Not even for what he has done, but for what he could not. I cannot describe how much I appreciated this film. Every scene is beautifully done. Every interview is mesmerizing. You are drawn into his world and you are amazed at the moments that they have together. It's one of those films that will remain with you. Not only for what it has taught me, but also for what it will teach you, if you have not seen it. I can't wait to see what he will create in the future. I highly recommend it.

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Emily Black

I was first drawn to the movie as a young child in the early eighties. The horror in the air was still fresh, and it is only a matter of time before a movie like this one comes along. This was an amazing piece of work, and I was thrilled when it came out on DVD. Although the narrative is slightly different than the original story, the experience is the same. The movie is incredibly intense and made me think very deeply about what it means to be a human being. I loved the movie and I would recommend it to anyone who has a critical understanding of the human condition. It is the best film I have ever seen.

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One of the best documentaries I have seen. I am convinced it is one of the best documentaries ever made. The cinematography is amazing. It is like a documentary about the way people feel about race, and how they deal with it. I believe that the characters in this film are perfect for the subject matter. The film portrays the world around us in a way that can make you feel good, feel sad, and feel outraged at the same time. I was shocked when I first watched it. I couldn't believe how serious the message was. The race, sex and culture issues were handled very well. I don't believe I have ever watched a documentary like this before. It is more than a documentary. It is a conversation. It is about racism, and about the way people treat each other. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It is one of the best films I have seen in my life.

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Sean C.

I had no idea how good this film would be, it's very inspiring. I have no idea why this documentary is still so obscure. It's very important to the community, and I hope more people see it. It is also interesting to see the world's reaction to this story. The response to the first release of the film was astounding. I would love to have seen more people involved, I think this film is very well done, I'm a journalist, and I want more people to see it. If you are a journalist, you should watch this film, you'll love it. You'll learn how to get the most out of your story. And you'll be challenged to think outside the box.

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Aaron Herrera

This is a compelling documentary about the brutality and hypocrisy of the security apparatus. It is also a reminder that when governments allow their people to be treated like criminals and treated as property without any rights to protect themselves, it is only a matter of time before they come to power and do the same thing to their own people. This is the heart of the film, which takes us through the experience of Kenyatta, a man who is shot by the Kenyan police and left for dead. His family and friends all believe that he was dead, but then they discover that he is alive and in the hospital. A doctor, the late Dr. Ayub, shows them the location of the crime scene and gives them a statement of the crime. He tells them that Kenyatta's sister had a relationship with the criminal, Salim, who was later murdered by the police. They also discover that the police have planted a weapon at the scene of the crime and are now trying to frame Kenyatta for the crime. It is not clear what happens next. But the story of the story is that Kenyatta makes a stand and goes to the police, tells them what happened and they believe him and the truth is exposed. The film has a lot of moving moments as the film reveals the scale of the problem in Kenya and the stories of the victims and their families. In addition to Kenyatta's story, the film is also a wake-up call for Kenyans and it is a call for Kenya to start over and to bring back the rule of law. The film is very moving, though I would like to see more of the human rights and injustice that the Kenyan government has been doing to its own people.

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Johnny Mendoza

I'm trying to avoid spoilers. I'm sorry. I know. Some people don't like this film. I hate to say it, but if you want to go out and see a great film about childhood and death and love, and the last 20 minutes is one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen, go see "Birth." It's worth it. At the very least, I will be buying the DVD. I do not want to be spoiling anything. It's just that, in my opinion, it's very hard to make a film about something as taboo as death. If you can, please do it. If not, don't.