Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2009)

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A look at the battles Hugh Hefner fought over the years against the U.S. government, the religious right, and militant feminists.



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Bobbie Arnstein ...
Herself (archive footage)
Herself: Folk Singer / Activist
Count Basie ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself: Singer
Himself: Christian Activist, Singer
Malcolm Boyd ...
Himself: Author (as Reverend Malcolm Boyd)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself: Social Activist / Retired NFL Player
Susan Brownmiller ...
Herself: Feminist / Author
Lenny Bruce ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
Vincent Bugliosi ...
Himself: Attorney / Author (as Vince Bugliosi)
Himself: TV Talk Show Host


An revealing look at the outspoken, flamboyant founder of the Playboy empire. With humor and insight, the film captures Hefner's fierce battles with the government, the religious right and militant feminists. Rare footage and compelling interviews with a remarkable who's who of 20th Century American pop culture, present a brilliant and entertaining snapshot of the life of an extraordinary man and the controversies that surrounded him. Written by Brigitte Berman

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$21,878 (USA) (6 August 2010)

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The Money, The Power & The Sex Of Playboy Magazine
9 April 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

"To objectify women, or to not objectify women" - Is this the question one asks of Mr. Hugh Hefner, the ultimate, most-admired playboy of them all?

For the most part - This well-researched, bio-documentary, chronicling the mega-success of Hugh Hefner (and his naughty-but-nice men's magazine, Playboy), was a very intriguing look at an iconic pop culture figure who has certainly had his fair share of controversial highs and lows.

The first hour of this documentary was, of course, the best. It diligently covered the first 20 years (1953-1973) of astounding success for Playboy magazine - A truly phenomenal magazine that was specifically geared to the hip, swinging bachelor (who apparently lurks inside most men).

Competently directed by Canadian film-maker, Brigitte Berman, this enjoyable documentary not only featured lots of excellent vintage footage, and interviews with scores of celebrities, but Hugh Hefner, himself (82 at the time and clearly on his best behaviour) offered the viewer the "real" story behind the money, the power, and, yes, the sex of Playboy magazine.

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