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21 November 2003 (UK) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Aileen Wuornos ... Herself
Nick Broomfield ... Himself
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)
Dennis Allen ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend
Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles ... Himself - Wuornos' Former Friend (archive footage)
Dick Mills ... Himself - Wuornos' Former Friend (archive footage)
Brian Jarvis ... Himself - Former Police Sergeant (archive footage)
Joan Murray ... Herself - CBS4 Reporter (archive footage)
Diane Wuornos ... Herself - Wuornos' Mother
Lynn Gordon ... Herself - Channel 7 Reporter (archive footage)
Patrick Fraser ... Himself - Channel 7 Reporter (archive footage)
Sterling Ivey ... Himself - Department of Corrections Spokesperson (archive footage)

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
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
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The films of Nick Broomfield, 26 July 2005

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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