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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

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Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six 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 ...
Nick Broomfield ...
Terry Humphreys-Slay ...
Herself - Daughter of Victim (archive footage)
Leitha Prather ...
Herself - Sister of Victim (archive footage) (as Leither Prater)
Shirley Humphreys ...
Herself - Wife of Victim (archive footage)
Joe Hobson ...
Himself - Wuornos' Attorney
Steve Glazer ...
Himself - Wuornos' Former Attorney (archive footage)
Dawn Botkins ...
Herself - Wuornos' Best Friend
Arlene Pralle ...
Herself - Wuornos' Adoptive Mother (archive footage)
Tyria Moore ...
Herself - Wuornos' Former Lover (archive footage)
Uriel Blount ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Judge Muriel Blount)
Danny Caldwell ...
Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jerry Moss ...
Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Michelle Chauvin ...
Herself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jeb Bush ...
Himself - Governor of Florida (archive footage)


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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Rated R for language, including violent and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Aileen: Egy sorozatgyilkos élete és halála  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$85,992 (USA) (6 February 2004)

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1.33 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


Aileen Wuornos: May your wife and kids get raped - right in the ass.
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References Independence Day (1996) See more »


Performed by Natalie Merchant
Written by Natalie Merchant
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Michael Moore Would Learn Something From This Documentary
23 February 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a documentary dealing with the appeal of Aileen Wuornos murder convictions . Don't worry I have no idea who she was either and it's only when I'm told that Charlize Theron played her in MONSTER that I discovered who she was . Try asking someone who Aileen Wuornos was and they'll give a similar blank response , and it's only with the words " Charlize Theron - Monster " that their memory will be jogged . Somewhat sad that an acting performance is better known than a series of real life crimes

Nick Broomfield's documentary is black comedy of the highest order , he's worth a myriad of Michael Moores' and lets the facts speak for themselves . Wuornos employed " Dr Legal " at her original trial , a man , or rather spaced out hippy , with no legal experience and no office who attended court after smoking as many as seven joints . I can respect Dr Legal as a toker but how on Earth was someone like that able to defend someone on multiple murder charges ? We're later shown someone claiming being gay is a very modern invention :

" Where were the gays years ago ? "

" In the closet ? "

" No there weren't any gays years ago , they didn't exist back then . Were there any gays when you were at school ? "

" I went to a British public school . We invented it along with the Greeks "

Broomfield is very much anti death penalty and he's also very much against the cheque book circus that surrounded the case , but perhaps the beauty of this documentary is that despite being biased Broomfield doesn't feel the need to twist facts into lies or treat the audience as retarded schoolchildren , if you agree with the death penalty this documentary won't change your mind but does raise serious questions about the American legal system

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