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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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Alex Gibney

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Gibney ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Eliot Spitzer ... Himself - Former Governor, New York
Hulbert Waldroup Hulbert Waldroup ... Himself - Painter
Lloyd Constantine Lloyd Constantine ... Himself - Former Spitzer Advisor
Peter Elkind Peter Elkind ... Himself - Author, Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Darren Dopp Darren Dopp ... Himself - Spitzer Communications Director
Zana Brazdek Zana Brazdek ... Herself - Formerly of Emperors Club VIP
Natalia Natalia ... Herself - Former Escort
Ashley Dupré Ashley Dupré ... Herself - Escort (archive footage)
David Brown David Brown ... Himself - Former Spitzer Staff Lawyer
Noreen Harrington Noreen Harrington ... Herself - Former Executive, Stern Asset Management
Wrenn Schmidt ... Angelina
Kenneth Langone Kenneth Langone ... Himself - Chairman & CEO, Invemed Associates (as Ken Langone)
Hank Greenberg ... Himself - Former Chairman and CEO AIG (as Maurice 'Hank' Greenberg)
Richard Beattie 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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The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Eliot Spitzer Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,962, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$187,540, 23 January 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Informative and revealing doc of political pricks, scandal, greed, corruption, and abuse of powers.
29 January 2011 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

As it's become so common with most political figures it's one scandal after another. You name it bribes, payoffs, abuse of power and corruption. But most of all the sex scandal is what the public loves. As in this case the sex scandal brought down a hard working and likable politician New York governor Eliot Spizer. Director Alex Gibney paints the film as two sides as the interviews revealing from staff members, political rivals, and even Spitzer himself prove he had affairs with hookers that being New York's elite escorts and call girls.

Aside from that it begins with Eliot's days as attorney general in the Empire state when he took on the big boys of wall street and dirty investment companies who were defrauding millions. Eliot was the new political golden boy who seemed to do right and fight for the common man! This would later propel him to be elected New York governor only along the way he made many business world and political grudges in the New York statehouse which would later bite him as investigations were launched.

Spitzer like all political pricks in my opinion felt he was above the law and as is so common gives into the oldest vice around sex with a hooker. Really no big deal yet Eliot showed he was a hypocrite as he once prosecuted the big time New York city call girl rings now he's a John! Still it's not the worst thing as Spitzer will still be remembered for some good by taking on the corrupt companies of wall street.

Gibney's doc is refreshing, informative, and revealing it shows the political and business world is so intersected with scandals of sex and greed with political pricks from both sides. Still Spitzer will be remembered yet his story is a tragic and Gothic one a real rise and fall of a good leader. As the vices of sex, money, and power abuse will always dominate society especially the political world it's just too bad that a hard working politician like Eliot Spitzer got to be the showcase for a dramatic fall. Clearly this is one social and political doc that's not to be missed.


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