Paul Williams Still Alive

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In theaters Jun 08, 2012
PG-13, 1 hr. 24 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: He won Grammys and an Academy Award; wrote many #1 songs; starred in a Brian DePalma movie; put out his own hit records and albums; was a guest on The Tonight Show fifty times; and is the president of
Director: Stephen Kessler
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 24 min.
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy, Special Interest
Theater Release: Jun 08, 2012
DVD Release: Feb 04, 2013

Critic Reviews

  • The insightful, rueful, intensely self-critical and self-aware Williams delivers a harsh look at his own accomplishments, as well as at Kessler's process. More...
  • What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams. More...
  • For all of Kessler's annoying traits, he did get results. Perhaps a different approach wouldn't have yielded a film as satisfying as "Paul Williams Still Alive." More...
  • The resulting documentary, at once endearing and dull, does indeed tell us about Williams, but it also tells us perhaps too much about Kessler. More...
  • Filmmaker Stephen Kessler's sheer delight in following around his boyhood idol, whose music framed much of the '70s when Kessler was a lad in Queens, is thoroughly infectious. More...
  • An entertaining, emotionally inspired stroll down memory lane -- that is, for Kessler. More...
  • The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom. More...
  • Williams, who was elected president of ASCAP in 2009, speaks frankly and eloquently about his problems dealing with fame, and his recovery. More...
  • Mr. Williams's quiet integrity trumps Mr. Kessler at every turn. More...
  • Needless to say, the title of the movie still applies. More...

User Reviews

  • An interesting look and an interesting man, this documentary strays from the usual doc format - whether that is a good thing is debatable, as...
  • "Paul Williams: Still Alive" is a moderately involving documentary whose lesson is not to not meet one's heroes but rather to not get personally...