Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

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Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
Client 9 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlex Gibney
Produced byAlex Gibney
Jedd Wider
Todd Wider
Maiken Baird
StarringEliot Spitzer
CinematographyMaryse Alberti
Edited byPlummy Tucker
Music byPeter Nashel
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release date
  • November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$189,416[1]

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer is a documentary directed by Alex Gibney about former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and the sex scandal that derailed his political career.[2] It premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on April 24, 2010;[3] on iTunes and Magnolia On Demand on October 1, 2010;[4] and in movie theaters in limited release on November 5, 2010.[5]

Gibney made the film with on-camera cooperation from Spitzer.[6] The director also shared ideas and information with writer Peter Elkind, who wrote the book “Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer".[7]


  • "Angelina" – Escort, Co-Worker of Ashley Dupré at Emperors Club VIP (portrayed by Wrenn Schmidt)
  • Mike Balboni – Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Spitzer
  • Wayne Barrett – Senior Editor, The Village Voice
  • Richard Beattie – Legal Counsel to the Independent Directors of AIG
  • Zana Brazdek– Formerly of Emperors Club VIP
  • Joe Bruno – NY Senate Majority Leader, 1994-2008
  • David Brown – Former Staff Lawyer to Attorney General Spitzer
  • Lloyd Constantine – Former Spitzer Advisor
  • Fred DickerNew York Post State Editor
  • Darren Dopp – Communications Director to Attorney General Spitzer
  • Peter Elkind – Author of Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  • Karen Finley – Performance Artist
  • Robert Graham – Former Gen Re Counsel
  • Maurice “Hank” Greenberg – Former Chairman and CEO of AIG
  • Noreen Harrington – Former Executive, Stern Asset Management
  • Scott Horton – Professor, Columbia Law School
  • John Houldsworth – Former CEO of Gen Re Subsidiary
  • Ken Langone – Chairman and CEO of Invemed Associates
  • Elizabet Monrad – Former CFO of Gen Re
  • "Natalia" – Former Escort
  • Jimmy Siegel – Media Consultant
  • Kristian Stiles – National Finance Director to Eliot Spitzer
  • Roger Stone – Political Consultant
  • Cecil Suwal – Former CEO of Emperors Club VIP
  • Hulbert Waldroup – Painter
  • John Whitehead – Former Chairman Goldman Sachs


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 69 reviews, and an average rating of 7.3/10.[8] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 68 out of 100, based on 24 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


  1. ^ "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer," Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Manohla Dargis, "The Really Strange Bedfellows That New York Politics Made," The New York Times, November 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Logan Hill, "Eliot Spitzer Doc Premieres at Tribeca: Joe Bruno, Ken Langone, and Roger Stone Dance on His Grave," New York, April 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "‘Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer’ Trailer Debuts Online," The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2010.
  5. ^ Andrew O'Hehir, "'Client 9': The Eliot Spitzer case: How we were bamboozled," Salon, November 3, 2010.
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  8. ^ "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

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