Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel

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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel
Hugh hefner playboy activist and rebel poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Brigitte Berman
Produced by Victor Solnicki
Brigitte Berman
Peter Raymont
Starring Hugh Hefner
Jenny McCarthy
Dick Cavett
Ruth Westheimer
Shannon Tweed
Music by James Mark Stewart
Cinematography John Westheuser
Edited by Brigitte Berman
Richard Vandentillaart
Metaphor Films
Distributed by Phase 4
Release dates
  • 12 September 2009 (2009-09-12) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 6 August 2010 (2010-08-06) (Canada)
Running time
124 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Box office $10,000

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel is a 2009 documentary film directed by Brigitte Berman about Hugh Hefner, creator of Playboy magazine. Berman previously directed the Academy Award-winning documentary Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got.[1]

Selected cast[edit]

The documentary includes clips and interviews with:


It was also produced by Berman, along with Peter Raymont and Victor Solnicki. Neither Hefner nor his company had any formal role in the making of the documentary though he gave the filmmakers considerable access.[2] The documentary filmed from 10 January 2008 to 31 August 2008 in Ontario.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

The film opened on 30 July 2010 in Los Angeles.[4] in only four theaters for three days grossing $10,000—$2,500 per theater.[5]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 59% of 54 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.4 out of 10.[6] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 55 based on 16 reviews.[7]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Corliss, Richard (31 July 2010). "Hugh Hefner Documentary: Airbrushed". Time (Time Warner). Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Klein, Andy (28 July 2010). "New documentary paints an airbrushed portrait of Hugh Hefner". The Brand X Daily. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 30, 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Production in Ontario 2008" (PDF). Ontario Media Development Corporation. Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Gary (30 July 2010). "Movie review: 'Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 

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