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FILM OPENS: October 19, 2018

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Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 1970s—HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST DETAIL, SHAMPOO, COMING HOME, BEING THERE—he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist. Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humor, and humanity. Through the heartrending and inspiring HAL, you feel buoyed by Ashby’s love of people and of cinema, a little like walking on water.

  • Director: Amy Scott
  • Country: United States
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 01:30:37
  • imdb Score: 7.0/10 (82 votes)
  • Language: English
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  • Cast: Hal Ashby
"The greatest tribute to this tribute to Ashby is that this movie will add “Shampoo,” “Coming Home,” “Harold and Maude,” “The Last Detail,” “Being There,” and his other films to at lot of watch lists and Netflix queues. "
Nell Minow - ROGEREBERT.COM

"HAL gives us a lot to take in, whether you’re an aficionado or new to Ashby’s work. Scott has done movie fans a real service. She’s finally given an under-sung filmmaking giant his well-deserved close-up at long last."
Chris Nashawaty - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

"HAL deals with each of the director's films in a smart, engaging manner. As befits a former editor, director Scott has an ear for the great quote and the skill to make it all flow beautifully, to both entertain and help us understand who Ashby was and what he wanted to do."
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES

FESTIVALS

Sundance Film Festival 2018

Edinburgh Int'l Film Festival 2018

Montclair Film Festival 2018

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2018

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018

Cinetopia Film Festival 2018

Traverse City Film Festival 2018