Movie Club: Hands on a Hardbody

Hands on a Hard Body

1997 | 98 min. | S.R. Bindler

March 7, 2024

SIFF Movie Club

Documenting an endurance contest at a Texas car dealership with a truck as the prize, this piece of DIY documentary filmmaking was being developed as a feature by Robert Altman before his death and is a cult classic not-to-be-missed. Selected and introduced by SIFF Associate Director of Digital Marketing (and fan of eccentric Americana) Clare Garvin.

In S.R. Bindler’s 1997 cult classic, two dozen small-town Texans compete for a brand-new “Hardbody” pickup truck at a local car dealership. The event is a contest of endurance and sleep-deprivation—whoever can remain standing the longest with one hand on the truck will get to drive it home. Capturing several days of lunacy, laughter, struggle and heartbreak, Hands On a Hardbody is more than a documentary about winning a truck. It is a remarkable study of competition, camaraderie, faith and determination—the ultimate human drama.

  • Director: S.R. Bindler
  • Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 98 min.
  • Producer: S.R. Bindler, Kevin Morris, Chapin Wilson
  • Cinematographers: S.R. Bindler, Michael A. Nickles, Chapin Wilson
  • Editors: S.R. Bindler
  • Music: Neil Kassanoff