• Hal (2018)


Release Date: September 7th, 2018

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker Hal Ashby's obsessive genius leads to an unprecedented string of Oscar-winning classics, including "Harold and Maude," "Shampoo" and "Being There." But as contemporaries Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg rise to blockbuster stardom in the 1980s, Ashby's uncompromising nature plays out as a cautionary tale of art versus commerce.

Cast: Jon Voight, Rosanna Arquette, Beau Bridges, Robert Towne, Jane Fonda, Judd Apatow, Jeff Bridges, Louis Gossett Jr.

Director: Amy Scott

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: 1980s, Fall, Emotional, Creative, Tense, Transformation, Quest, Office, 1970s, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Digging deep into the archives for rare and revealing material to accompany interviews with many of his collaborators and intimates, filmmaker Amy Scott packs a lot into 90 minutes with this insightful and warm look at an artist whose best work always revealed a heightened social conscience. show more

  • 75
    Robert AbeleTheWrap

    Hal entertainingly reminds us, his influence as a righteous, challenging, humanist chronicler of mortal foibles — and as a filmmaker on a quest for a greater understanding of our world — remains a force among today’s more conscientious directors. show more

  • 70
    Brian ThompsonFilm Threat

    Hal is a loving tribute to a filmmaker who rarely gets the attention he deserves. show more

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