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American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009) Poster

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It took 3 years to compile all the material for this documentary.
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When co-director Matt Harlock won the confidence of Bill Hicks's family, it gained him access to 1300 photos and lots of unseen footage.
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A year before his death, Bill Hicks appeared on the David Letterman show. Letterman judged his segment to be substandard and so cut it from the subsequent show. He did not know that Hicks was dying of pancreatic cancer at the time. 15 years later, in January 2009, Letterman invited Hicks's mother Mary onto the show as a belated form of apology.
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Bill Hicks was diagnosed with cancer shortly after he decided to clean himself up, coming off drugs and alcohol.
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A 2010 poll on British TV station Channel 4 placed Bill Hicks at number four, two places higher than the last time they ran a poll in 2007.
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This film made its debut at the London Film Festival, having been finished only a week before.
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The co-directors had only 800 photos of Hicks to illustrate their story. They found to their surprise that there was virtually no filmed interview material of Hicks simply talking about himself and his background.
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