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 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.
Written & Directed by
MASON SPEED SEXTON
PLUMMY TUCKER, A.C.E.
Director of Photography
Original Music by
“UTTERLY FASCINATING. A host of characters that would make Dickens weep for joy.” – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
“CLASSICAL TRAGEDY MEETS THE TABLOIDS. It also plays like a political thriller. Director Gibney never forgets that he’s making cinema.” – John Anderson, Variety
“FASCINATING AND ENGROSSING. Director Gibney reveals himself as a master storyteller.” – Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
“AN INTRIGUING STORY GRIPPINGLY TOLD.” – John Hazelton, Screen International
“MASTERFUL AND PLENTY JUICY.” – Erica Abeel, Huffington Post
“EASILY ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR.” – Jeffrey Wells, Hollywood Elsewhere
"Alex Gibney’s hugely entertaining Eliot Spitzer doc, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, is a leading contender for this year’s doc Oscar. The movie is full of surprises." Anne Thompson, IndieWire
"MESMERIZING” Meredith Brody, SF Weekly
"Client 9 is edifying, fascinating, and in the end, more than a little heartbreaking" Stephanie Zackarek, Movieline
"A time capsule of this moment in America, where everyone knows everything and nobody knows anything"..."reads like the subplot of a Bourne novel" Dan Mecca, The Film Stage