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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 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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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's Penthouse (1959) See more »

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Goodnight, Irene
Written by Leadbelly and John A. Lomax
Performed by Pete Seeger
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A beautifully made and entertaining documentary about a truly revolutionary man
15 August 2010 | by dom_sSee all my reviews

I had the chance to assist a projection in Boston where Director Brigitte Berman was present, coming from Europe and being in my late 20ies there was not much I knew about Hefner besides it's contribution to the sexual revolution of America and the rest of the world.

As a consequence, the movie was full of revelations for me, jumping from one fight for freedom from Hefner and his team to another. The director beautifully manages to catch the mindset of Playboy's manager soul behind the bunnies, at a much deeper level.

What especially stroke me was the ability of the director to constantly depict the paradoxes between Hefners' primal/liberal way of thinking about sexuality and it's philosophical fights for everyone's freedom and culture. You get to discover a man pursuing his dreams through is entire life and get to discover a revolutionary mindset where pleasure and great achievements are not necessarily unrelated.

Hefner is not yet in any of our (at least Europeans) history books but like him or not, he deserves to be and I would advise anybody, who like me, is missing that piece of history to run see this documentary.


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