Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary1997
Hands on a Hardbody: 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. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino referred to Hands on a Hardbody as one of his go-to movie recommendations.
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.
At the time of his death in 2006, film director Robert Altman was developing a feature film based on the documentary.
In 2013, the film was digitally re-mastered and released for sale online.
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Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Documentary Film
Florida Film Festival
Special Jury Award