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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.


Nick Broomfield


Nick Broomfield
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Credited cast:
Aileen Wuornos ... Self
Nick Broomfield ... Self - Interviewer
Arlene Pralle Arlene Pralle ... Self
Steve Glazer Steve Glazer ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles ... Self (as The Human Bomb)
Merle Cannonball Merle Cannonball ... Self - Bartender Last Resort
Brian Jarvis Brian Jarvis ... Self (as Sgt. Brian Jarvis)
Stéphane Markcovich Stéphane Markcovich ... Self
Michael McCarthy Michael McCarthy ... Self
Dick Mills Dick Mills ... Self
Tyria Moore Tyria Moore ... Self
Mike Reynolds Mike Reynolds ... Self
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1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

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Aileen Wuornos: [In court] I wanna be back in prison. I don't care what the sentence is. I'm already on death row, I'm gonna see the chair, I don't... this is all re-electional purposes. This is not for nothing but to get you guys re-elected. And this is a bunch of bull-shit. This doesn't even need to happen. I'm trying to save tax payers money; you people don't care. You wanna press on with a jury and everything else to try to impress the public. And all I wanna do is go back to prison, wait for the chair, and...
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Disturbing, no one comes across in a positive light
26 September 2002 | by rje58See all my reviews

"Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" is a disturbing documentary in which no one comes out in a positive light: not the police, not the lawyers, not the judges, not the media, certainly not Aileen Wuornos and not even the filmmakers.

This documentary by Nick Broomfield is unfocused, and the filmmaker and his small crew are often part of the saga. It paints a rather grim picture, where police are more concerned about possible movie deals than arresting the right person (although they did have the right person, almost by accident), where lawyers are slime buckets even when masquerading as laid back rejects from the '60s and '70s "flower power" era, and where people who claim to be spiritual and doing "God's work" come out looking no less mercenary or self-serving than anyone else (well, except maybe the killer and the sleazy lawyer).

Filmmaker Broomfield doesn't give us nearly as many facts as you might expect - and in this case, even wish for - in a documentary of this type. Much of the film consists of him traipsing around with his small film crew, trying to convince somebody to talk to him. He seems often to miss the point, and doesn't ask the most relevant or probing questions. I never could decide, while watching this film, how much of that was on purpose, for effect, and how much was just him not doing a very good job. It does add to the overall dark impression in the film, that few people really know the truth, know what's going on, and that fewer still care...

Interesting in places, disturbing in others, downright scary if you come out of this believing this is how the criminal justice system works (or not) in this country, Broomfield's film is certainly thought provoking, if somewhat confused and lacking focus.

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4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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