I'm a huge fan of writer Harry Crews, but I've yet to read the novel which this movie was based on. I don't know if this is a good adaptation, but I could feel Crews' presence in the untamed and raw emotion and the relentlessness of the main character, George Gattling (Giamatti). "The Hawk Is Dying" is a grim yet uplifting movie about obsession and madness. The movie might be a little patchy, but Paul Giamtti's unflinching performance alone is reason enough to watch it. It's a movie to either endure our enjoy. I enjoyed it, but the avarge moviegoer might find it hard to sit through.
Sad, beautiful, and as far as I can tell, classic Crews.