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Beverly D'Angelo ... Herself

Rodney Dangerfield ... Himself

Larry King ... Himself
Bill Kinison ... Himself

Sam Kinison ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl LaBove ... Himself

Jay Leno ... Himself

Tim Matheson ... Himself

Dennis Miller ... Himself

Richard Pryor ... Himself

Judy Tenuta ... Herself

Directed by
Larry Carroll 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Carroll 
Sam Kinison  uncredited

Produced by
Linda Agnelli .... associate producer
Larry Carroll .... executive producer
Stuart Garret .... executive producer
Bill Kinison .... executive producer
Arnold H. Orgolini .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Floyd 
Paul Hoffman 
Bill Lane 
Cinematography by
John Crawford 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Holliday .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Chuck Fitzpatrick .... sound mixer

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90 min
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5 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The real "scream", 4 March 2004

Sam Kinison was brilliant. He was not vulgar, nor was he obscene. Rather, he used X-Rated material and verbiage to express comedic commentary on a variety of topics. And the funny thing about it was that he told the truth. He was superb at it. And that's why we laughed. This film won awards for "best direction" and "best documentary" and deservedly so. Larry Carroll did a commendable job interweaving live performances with peer commentary and narrative. Beverly D'Angelo and Richard Pryor are particularly effective with brother Bill Kinison as Executive Producer and partial host. This is an insightful film of a man who finally found his place and "let it rip".

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