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Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aileen Wuornos ...
Herself
Nick Broomfield ...
Himself
Terry Humphreys-Slay ...
Herself - Daughter of Victim
Leitha Prather ...
Herself - Sister of Victim
Shirley Humphreys ...
Herself - Wife of Victim
Joe Hobson ...
Himself - Attorney
Steve Glazer ...
Himself
Dawn Botkins ...
Herself - Friend
Arlene Pralle ...
Herself - Friend
Tyria Moore ...
Herself - Friend
Muriel Blount ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Judge Muriel Blount)
Danny Caldwell ...
Himself - Witness
Jerry Moss ...
Himself - Witness
Michelle Chauvin ...
Herself - Witness
Dennis Allen ...
Himself - Childhood Friend
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This documentary looks at Aileen Wuornos convicted of killing 7 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. This is actually the second Wuornos documentary made by this group the first being Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992). With her execution now on the horizon Nick Broomfield returns to Florida to complete the story. Her argument has always been that the killings were in self-defense but she eventually pleaded no contest or guilty to most of the murders. Broomfield was able to film several interviews which reveals her state of mind and puts into question her mental competence. Written by garykmcd

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21 November 2003 (UK)  »

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Aileen: Egy sorozatgyilkos élete és halála  »

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$11,229 (USA) (23 January 2004)

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$85,992 (USA) (6 February 2004)
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Nick Broomfield: [after an interview in which Aileen exhibited obvious signs of mental illness] It was really pretty incredible that Aileen had just sailed through the psychiatric test the day before. It makes you wonder what you'd have to do to fail.
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The films of Nick Broomfield

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) has to be Nick Broomfield's best film to date. Aided by the phenomenal camera work of Peter Watkins' protégé Joan Churchill, the two film makers capture the final days of convicted murder (and madwoman) Aileen Wuronos. Nick Broomfield put his heart into this project. He tries to delve deeper into the shattered and hateful psyche of Aileen (whom he has interviewed in the past) and continues to search for answers. I liked this documentary better than his previous one with Aileen. The photography and depth is so much better. Will Mr. Broomfield and Ms. Churchill find the answers that they're looking for? How will Aileen react to them as they try to interview her again? Why does the Christian right wanted this woman to die so bad? To find out you'll have to watch Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

A great film from Nick Broomfield. I just enjoy his film making. He should do more documentaries and have the ones he's already made released in the United States. Broomfield and Churchill make an awesome team! I have to highly recommend this movie. Even if you don't like documentaries you'll enjoy this one!


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