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Review: Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Was the Gov a victim of a political hit?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  November 11, 2010
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Once the "sheriff of Wall Street," Eliot Spitzer was a "fucking steamroller," flattening foes like former NYSE head Dick Grasso and destitute former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg (his "worthless" stock valued at a paltry $100 million, boo-hoo) during his rise from NY AG to popular governor. Too popular, it seems. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side as well as Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) posits it was a political hit that forced the sex-crazed Spitzer to resign. Backed by (strong) circumstantial evidence, Gibney interviews Spitzer, his friends, and his enemies — but not Ashley Dupré, the opportunistic escort who, it turns out, met with the disgraced family man only once. "Angelina," the true harlot at the heart of the scandal, did agree to talk — only not on camera, so actress Wrenn Schmidt appears in re-created interview segments. A peculiar choice, but not as odd as right-wing nut Roger Stone, who's said to have fed Spitzer's secret to the feds. Would you trust a man with a tattoo of Nixon on his back?

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