Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Brilliant documentarian Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Gonzo) takes a look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.
Nicknamed 'The Sheriff of Wall Street', 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, it went oh so bad, 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.
Gibney constructs the story with interviews from the escorts, friends, colleagues and enemies involved.