Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: November 19, 2010 (limited)
DVD: February 1, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 3.79
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Cast: Eliot Spitzer

Synopsis

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. After his election 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 and 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.

Director: Alex Gibney
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Producer(s): Alex Gibney, Maiken Baird, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider
Screenplay: Alex Gibney
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  • 3 stars "Not what I expected!"
  • 5 stars "This could be considered to be a good companion piece to Inside Job.here,we have the story of a man who attempted to clean up some the fraud and greed on Wall Street thus making powerful enemies.The main factor in Eliot Spitzer's downfall was not the sexual indiscretions but,rather,it was the powerful enemies he had created,hence,his governorship was doomed from the get-go."
  • 3 stars "Better than I expected."