Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary

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Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary
Theatrical poster
Directed byS.R. Bindler
Providence Entertainment
Distributed byIdeal Enterprises
Release date
  • June 1997 (1997-06)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary is a 1997 film directed by S. R. Bindler documenting an endurance competition that took place in Longview, Texas. The yearly competition pits twenty-four contestants against each other to see who can keep their hand on a pickup truck for the longest amount of time. Whoever endures the longest without leaning on the truck or squatting wins the truck. Five-minute breaks are issued every hour, and fifteen-minute breaks every six hours.

The documentary follows the 1995 competition which lasted for seventy-seven continuous hours. The film garnered the audience award for best documentary at the 1997 Los Angeles Film Festival.[citation needed]

Large portions of the film's audio were included on the "Something for Nothing" episode of the public radio show This American Life in 1997.[1]

At the time of his death film director Robert Altman was developing a feature film based on the documentary.[2]

In 2013, the film was digitally re-mastered and released for sale online.[3]

Stage musical[edit]

The documentary was adapted into a musical, Hands on a Hardbody, commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California.[4] The book is by Doug Wright, music by Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio, lyrics by Amanda Green, musical staging by Sergio Trujillo and direction by Neil Pepe. After a run at La Jolla in 2012,[5] the musical had a brief engement on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theater with previews beginning February 23, 2013, opening on March 21, 2013, and closing on April 13, 2013,[6][7] playing 28 previews and 28 performances.[8] The musical received three Tony Award nominations.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Something for Nothing | This American Life". Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Robert Altman Has A Hard Body | Movie News | Empire". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  3. ^ "Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary | Twenty-four contestants compete in an endurance/sleep deprivation contest in order to win a brand new Nissan Hardbody truck". Handsonahardbodythemovie.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam and Jones, Kenneth. "New Musical 'Hands On A Hardbody' Will Roll Into La Jolla Playhouse in 2012" playbill.com, October 14, 2011
  5. ^ "Hands On A Hardbody Listing at LaJolla" lajollaplayhouse.org, accessed July 8, 2012
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Hands On a Hardbody Will Truck Into Broadways Brooks Atkinson Cast and Design Team Confirmed" Archived 2013-12-12 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, October 2, 2012
  7. ^ "Hands on a Hardbody Will Close April 13" Archived 2013-04-12 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com
  8. ^ Hands on a Hardbody - Broadway (2013-04-08). "Hands Off the Truck! Hands on a Hardbody Sets Broadway Closing Date | Broadway Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  9. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Nominations Announced for 67th Annual Tony Awards; Kinky Boots Earns 13 Nominations" Archived 2013-05-03 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, April 30, 2013

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