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touching, funny but does not tell the whole story See more (5 total) »



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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3 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
touching, funny but does not tell the whole story, 20 January 2002
Author: MundaneNoodle from leominster, ma

most of the comedy footage was from Sam's famous HBO debut. Which we all know rocked. However, Sam had other performances! and they didn't even TOUCH Sam's notorious relationship with Jessica Hahn. Also, the extreme close ups of the celebrities are not necessary. i still give it a 8 out of 10 for the touching ending.

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