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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

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This documentary looks at Aileen Wuornos convicted of killing 7 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. This is actually the second Wuornos documentary made by this group the first ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aileen Wuornos ... Herself
Nick Broomfield ... Himself
Terry Humphreys-Slay Terry Humphreys-Slay ... Herself - Her Father was Killed by Wuornos (archive footage)
Leitha Prather Leitha Prather ... Herself - Victim's Sister (archive footage) (as Leitha Prater)
Shirley Humphreys Shirley Humphreys ... Herself - Victim's Widow (archive footage)
Joe Hobson Joe Hobson ... Himself - Wuornos' Attorney
Steve Glazer Steve Glazer ... Himself - Wuornos' Former Attorney
Arlene Pralle Arlene Pralle ... Herself - Wuornos' Adoptive Mother (archive footage)
Dawn Botkins Dawn Botkins ... Herself - Wuornos' Best Friend
Tyria Moore Tyria Moore ... Herself - Wuornos' Former Lover (archive footage)
Uriel Blount Uriel Blount ... Herself (archive footage) (as Judge Muriel Blount)
Danny Caldwell Danny Caldwell ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jerry Moss Jerry Moss ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Michelle Chauvin Michelle Chauvin ... Herself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jeb Bush ... Himself - Governor of Florida (archive footage)
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This documentary looks at Aileen Wuornos convicted of killing 7 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. This is actually the second Wuornos documentary made by this group the first being Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992). With her execution now on the horizon Nick Broomfield returns to Florida to complete the story. Her argument has always been that the killings were in self-defense but she eventually pleaded no contest or guilty to most of the murders. Broomfield was able to film several interviews which reveals her state of mind and puts into question her mental competence. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for language, including violent and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aileen: Bir Seri Katilin Yasami ve Ölümü See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,158, 11 January 2004

Gross USA:

$97,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,362
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Aileen Wuornos: I'm so fuckin' mad I can't see straight. And they're just daring me to kill again.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Your Wildest Dreams
Performed by The Moody Blues
Written by Justin Hayward
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group Ltd.
Licensed by kind permission of Nightswood BV/Sherlock Holmes Music
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The Most Honest and Raw Serial Killer Film I Have Seen
6 February 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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 Wuornos's trial.

I have studied serial killers on and off since the mid-1990s. I would hardly call myself an expert, but I have seen more than my share of footage and read more than my share of books. Aileen is definitely one of the more interesting serial killers. They are all interesting to a greater or lesser degree, but Aileen is interesting not only because she is a woman, but because she has a fascinating upbringing and mentality. I think she was crazy, but not necessarily a sociopath.

Male and female serial killers are different, both in their methods and their motives. As Wuornos herself says, she never had the "thrill" aspect, and despite being a prostitute, I doubt there was a sexual outlet aspect in her murders. She was, first and foremost, desperate for money. Whether she can even be called a serial killer at all is up for debate.


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