Hands on a Hard Body
Hands on a Hard Body (1998)

Twenty-four people congregate at a Longview car dealership with the same goal: winning a new, option-packed Nissan Hardbody pickup. To do so, they must keep their hands constantly on the vehicle, minus brief scheduled breaks, until all… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: October 18, 1999
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

On the one hand, the Hands on a Hard Body contest seems a horrible exploitation of needy people as a publicity stunt to promote a car dealership; on the other, the film reveals an endearing piece of Americana.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Bindler's attitude is absolutely right. He doesn't satirize: he observes, and leaves the satirical view as an option for us.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Bindler's ode to human dedication and endurance in the strangest of circumstances is a rough, unpolished gem of documentary filmmaking.

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Dennis Lim
Village Voice

Scrappy, likable, and immensely absorbing.

Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

It's engaging as a non-drama of people doing nothing, but suffering a lot.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The result is a quirky human interest story about the need for Texans to drive a pickup.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

These may not be people whom moviegoers think they want to spend time with, but this is accomplished documentary making, finding universal lessons in determination, struggle, planning, persistence and the relationship of mind and body.

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Karina Montgomery

Tales of Texas don't get any weirder than true-tales of Texas, and Hands on a Hard Body joins the ranks of well-done, weird documentaries.

Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

One of the best documentaries ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
Oh, man. Where do I begin with this one? Just watch the trailer for a peek at S.R. Bindler's real life look at a group of Texans trying to win a truck by… More
Christopher Brown
Having watched this and Hard Gun within a couple weeks people may think, "Man, that Chris sure has gotten into hardcore gay pornography". Well,… More