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21 November 2003 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Michael Moore Would Learn Something From This Documentary See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles ... Himself (as The Human Bomb)
Dick Mills ... Himself - Former Friend
Brian Jarvis ... Himself (as Sgt. Brian Jarvis)
Joan Murray ... Herself - CBS 4 (archive footage)
Jeb Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Diane Wuornos ... Herself - Mother
Lynn Gordon ... Herself (archive footage)
Patrick Fraser ... Himself - Channel 7 (archive footage)
Sterling Ivey ... Himself - Department of Corrections Spokesman

Directed by
Nick Broomfield 
Joan Churchill 
 
Produced by
Jo Human .... producer
 
Original Music by
Rob Lane (original music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Joan Churchill (camera)
 
Film Editing by
Claire Ferguson 
 
Sound Department
Matthew J. Mondrick .... additional sound designer
Steve Murphy .... sound editor (as Stephen Murphy)
Mark A. Rozett .... additional sound mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Aad Wirtz .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Shelley .... rostrum
 
Editorial Department
Rob Burchell .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Matt Biffa .... music clearance
 
Other crew
Alan Barker .... technical consultant
Kathi Bishop .... stills courtesy of
Dawn Botkins .... stills courtesy of
Andy Bundschuh .... archive courtesy of
Joan Cohen .... archive researcher
Peter Dally .... legal consultant
Lori Grody .... stills courtesy of
Joanne Harkins .... production coordinator
Shani Hinton .... legal consultant
Edward Kretsch .... stills courtesy of
Russel Stocker .... accountant: UK
Scott Wishart .... stills courtesy of
Graham Wojakowski .... video transfers
Nancy Wren .... accountant: USA
 
Thanks
Dennis Allen .... special thanks
Dave Botkins .... special thanks
Dawn Botkins .... special thanks
Charles Finch .... special thanks
John Gallop .... special thanks
David Garber .... special thanks
Joe Hobson .... special thanks
Sterling Ivey .... special thanks
Brian Jarvis .... special thanks
Michael Mayo .... special thanks
Toni Nazar .... special thanks
Michelle Prainto .... special thanks
Luc Roeg .... special thanks
Sid Shovan .... special thanks
Raag Singhal .... special thanks
Chris Trenkmann .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language, including violent and sexual dialogue
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93 min
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Quotes:
Aileen Wuornos:Now, if I do my life all over again, I came from background of a family that was right on, where my, I mean, my family was right on, what was I'm thinking now I meant... as far as my mom not dying, my dad not freaking out, and I was... if I could do, you know, all over again, my family died too young, I had to hit the road...See more »
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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What were Aileen's last words and what did they mean?
Was Aileen Wuornos really America's first female serial killer?
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Michael Moore Would Learn Something From This Documentary, 23 February 2005
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

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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