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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer  2010

Directed by Alex Gibney
Produced by Maiken Baird, Alex Gibney
Executive Produced by Molly Thompson
Edited by Plummy Tucker
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures, A&E Indiefilms

World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival 2010

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) exposes the untold true story of disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s epic rise and fall. Nicknamed “The Sheriff of Wall Street,” New York Attorney General Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions. After his election as governor, many believed his meteoric rise would take him all the way to the presidency. That was until his predilection for prostitutes became public news. In this juicy exposé, Gibney interviews Spitzer (aka “Client 9”), his powerful enemies, and the escorts of the Emperor’s Club, revealing the hidden contours of power, sex and hubris in America.

Directors’ Guild Awards
Nominee, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

Emmy Awards
Nominee, Best Documentary; Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Long Form; Outstanding Individual Achievement in Editing
Producers’ Guild Awards
Nominee, Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures

Academy Awards
Shortlist, Best Documentary (Feature)

“It’s the coolness of Gibney’s account of the possibly systematic sabotaging of Spitzer’s career, perpetrated by a strangely camera-friendly cast of enemies-cum-conspirators, that makes it such transfixing viewing. In its tone as well as its focus, it’s like a steel rod in a whirlwind.”
The Toronto Star

Client 9 works like a good detective novel: Colorful and seemingly disparate characters are introduced, and then the strands that tie them together are revealed in a rich, sordid, thrilling tableau.”
Philadelphia Inquirer
“A riveting story of personal hubris and political chicanery.”
The Guardian

“It uncovers truths while framing events as a gripping whodunit. Gibney puts mystery back into a story we thought we knew.”
New York Daily News

“The film rescues the story from tabloid hell, and asks for a saner assessment of a deeply flawed man.”
AV Club