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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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Brigitte Berman

Writer:

Brigitte Berman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Larry Adler ... Himself (archive footage)
Bobbie Arnstein Bobbie Arnstein ... Herself (archive footage)
Joan Baez ... Herself: Folk Singer / Activist
Count Basie ... Himself (archive footage)
Tony Bennett ... Himself: Singer
Pat Boone ... Himself - Christian Activist, Singer
Malcolm Boyd Malcolm Boyd ... Himself: Author (as Reverend Malcolm Boyd)
Ray Bradbury ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Brown ... Himself - Social Activist / Retired NFL Player
Susan Brownmiller ... Herself: Feminist / Author
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)
William F. Buckley ... Himself (archive footage) (as William F. Buckley Jr.)
Vincent Bugliosi ... Himself: Attorney / Author (as Vince Bugliosi)
James Caan ... Himself
Dick Cavett ... Himself: TV Talk Show Host
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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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Rated R for graphic nudity and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hugh Hefner See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,145, 1 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,878, 8 August 2010
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Metaphor Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Alternate Versions

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2009 in a 135 min. version, the film was later trimmed down to its current 124 minutes length. See more »

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Features Playboy After Dark: Episode #1.12 (1969) See more »

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This Little Light of Mine
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One-side Gushing Sycophant
20 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is a gushing unbalanced Canadian documentary praising the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

It hits on all the highlights from the beginning. It's mostly about Playboy and its influence.

There are a lot of famous talking heads, some of which are kind of surprising.

But the rebuttal talking heads are really limited and sticking to the well worn arguments.

It covers a lot of history. But it's one sided. Maybe the filmmaker should ask for a second opinion.


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