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CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER
USA: Magnolia Pictures
UK: Dogwoof Pictures
Cast: Eliot Spitzer, Wrenn Schmidt, Kim Allen, Laura Somma
Director: Alex Gibney
USA & UK: 117 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexual material, nudity and language
USA Release Date: 5 November 2010 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 4 March 2011 (Limited Release)
"Money. Sex. Power. Betrayal."
This documentary feature takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Nicknamed "The Sheriff of Wall Street," when he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country.
Elected as Governor with the largest margin in the state's history, many believed Spitzer was on his way to becoming the nation's first Jewish President. Then, shockingly, Spitzer’s meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall when the New York Times revealed that Spitzer - the paragon of rectitude - had been caught seeing prostitutes. As his powerful enemies gloated, his supporters questioned the timing of it all: as the Sheriff fell, so did the financial markets, in a cataclysm that threatened to unravel the global economy.
With unique access to the escort world as well as friends, colleagues and enemies of the ex-Governor (many of whom have come forward for the first time) the film explores the hidden contours of this tale of hubris, sex, and power.
Directed by renowned documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM).