The film bears the title of the playing style made famous by Richardson's teams. The film, "40 Minutes of Hell," was originally intended to feature Arkansas' 1994 National Championship team.
"When they approached me and talked about the movie, they said ‘1994 national championship team' and I told (director) Kenan (Harris-Holley), ‘Well that's great,' because that's just what I thought it was going to be," Richardson said.
"I had no clue to begin with that it would be more about me than actually about the '94 basketball team," Richardson said.
As Harris-Holley and his crew came to Arkansas to work on the documentary, he said people directly associated with the 1994 national championship team with Richardson pointed them towards the coach. The film is part of ESPN Films' "SEC Storied" series, which debuted last fall.
"Everybody we told we were going to talk about the '94 team would say ‘Oh, Coach Richardson's team,' or, 'Oh, you're talking about Nolan's team,'" Harris-Holley said. "But the more we came into it, the more it became about this is one man who has been able to put his personality into a team."
The filmmakers took a look at some of the games the Razorbacks played during the Richardson regime and when watching the footage of those games, Harris-Holley said they noticed the way the team played out their coach's fiery personality with their "furious play."
"Those guys had totally absorbed him and put that out there. It was 14 guys putting out one guy's personality," Harris-Holley said. "So when we saw that, we said, 'Look we have to focus it this way. There's one man who embodies what the team is. Let's focus on the one man and show how the team is a representative of him.'"
An estimated 6,500 watched the film following the Razorbacks' win over South Carolina on Saturday in Fayetteville. The response from the crowd was positive.
Despite the fact the film evolved into more of a story on himself than his team, Richardson said he was satisfied with the finished product.
"Looking at it and going back over some of the things, I was very proud of the fact that as much as I had actually completed and done; it'd take nine movies to capture everything that really happens in my lifetime," Richardson said. "So what I saw in the 40 or 45 minutes, it was amazing and incredible what they were able to do."