Available at last: 'Hands on a Hardbody'

05:00 AM, Mar 21, 2013

The movie 'Hands on a Hardbody' is now available on DVD and digitally -- and it's a Broadway musical, too./


Written By by Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

This morning I was surprised to see a couple things on MSNBC: One, Phish’s Trey Anastasio; and two, references to one of the greatest cult movies of all time, Hands on a Hardbody.

The 1997 documentary has been impossible to find for years, but this month it became available digitally and on DVD. Coincidentally (or not), a musical based on the film opens tonight on Broadway — with tunes by none other than Anastasio.

Hands on a Hardbody follows a group of hard-working Texans who compete to win a truck by seeing who can keep their hands on it the longest. The insanity lasts for 77 hours and shows that some folks really will do anything to sit behind the wheel of a new pickup. (Sample quote: “My husband and I have been praying for a truck, and I believe this is what God wants us to do.”)

Here’s the original trailer:

For $10 you can grab a digital download right now; $5 more will get you a bunch of bonus features. I’d say it’s worth it — I haven’t seen the movie in years and am eager to watch it again.

This week the original Hardbody doc also embarked on a screening tour, with stops in San Francisco, Tacoma and multiple cities in Texas. Get the full schedule here.

As for the musical, a few preview audio and video snippets are on the official site. Here, Pulitzer Prize winner/Hardbody book writer Doug Wright offers an inside peek:

Tickets to Hands on a Hardbody are on sale now.