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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)

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An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

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Himself - Narrator (voice)
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Himself - Former Governor, New York
Hulbert Waldroup ...
Himself - Painter
Lloyd Constantine ...
Himself - Former Spitzer Advisor
Peter Elkind ...
Himself - Author, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Darren Dopp ...
Himself - Spitzer Communications Director
Zana Brazdek ...
Herself - Formerly of Emperors Club VIP
Natalia ...
Herself - Former Escort
Ashley Dupré ...
Herself - Escort (archive footage)
David Brown ...
Himself - Former Spitzer Staff Lawyer
Noreen Harrington ...
Herself - Former Executive, Stern Asset Management
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Kenneth Langone ...
Himself - Chairman & CEO, Invemed Associates (as Ken Langone)
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Himself - Former Chairman and CEO AIG (as Maurice 'Hank' Greenberg)
Richard Beattie ...
Himself - Legal Counsel to the Independent Directors of AIG
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Documentary on the rise of Eliot Spitzer, first as Attorney General and then Governor of New York and his subsequent downfall due to a sex scandal. Spitzer had a hard driving, take no prisoners approach to prosecuting criminals. When he focused his efforts on Wall Street, he came up against some very powerful men. The chink in his armor was an escort whom he met regularly. When the fact that he spent time with a prostitute became public the knives came out so to speak, and Spitzer found himself isolated, resigning the Governorship. At one point, Spitzer recounts the story of a friend who gave him a t-shirt with 'Hubris is Terminal' printed on the front. A fitting epitaph somehow for his political career. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for some sexual material, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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4 March 2011 (UK)  »

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Untitled Eliot Spitzer Project  »

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Opening Weekend:

$16,962 (USA) (7 November 2010)

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$187,540 (USA) (23 January 2011)
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When former Eliot Spitzer escort 'Angelina' did not wish to appear on camera, the director hired actress Wrenn Schmidt to portray her. See more »

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An unexpectedly interesting documentary
24 October 2010 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The title of this documentary pretty much explains what it is all about. It sums up the story of how Eliot Spitzer, governor of New York (2007-2008), went from fighting the corruption on Wall Street to resigning after the embarrassing media scandal that took place when Spitzer was revealed to have been using an escort service.

The documentary goes back and forth in time while interviewing earlier colleagues, sworn enemies, people from the escort business, and of course: Eliot Spitzer. Who all contribute with interesting interviews that are often enlightening in covering the story from more than one angle.

Client 9 is an entertaining documentary that rarely neglects the necessity of the cinematic aspect of filmmaking. In fact it is filled with interesting shots of the city, and manages to capture the passion of its subject as well as it reveals his faults. This documentary is also sure to entertain those who barely know who Eliot Spitzer is, as it takes on a number of heated issues that are sometimes explored philosophically. It also tells the tale of a politician, fighting for what he believes is right and what he has to deal with as a consequence, while not being devoid of the occasional laugh.


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