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Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer

Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993)


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Release Date: Oct 9, 1993 Wide



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Nick Broomfield directed this controversial documentary about Aileen Wuornos, a Florida prostitute who confessed to killing seven men between 1989 and 1990. Though Wuornos claimed to have acted in self-defense, she was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. While Wuornos was befriended by Arlene Pralle, an eccentric, born-again Christian determined to save Aileen's soul, her lawyer, Steve Glazer, was primarily concerned with whatever money could be gleaned from Wuornos' grisly

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Broomfield ends up exploring a world that cares more about money and deals than about life and death.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Though undermining and ignoring some facts about the serial killer, Broomfield's docu is entertaining and it certainly capture the media frenzy (boderline zoo) and bizarre participants in this perculiar case. Make sure to watch the follow-up.

August 1, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A damning portrait of cold-hearted greed.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer is a good documentary about Aileen Wuornos, the first female serial killer to be executed. Nick Bloomfield chronicles the case of Wournos, and her conviction of receiving seven death sentences. The film shows how the people around her tried to sell her story and how her case was not properly defended. Of course she was guilty, but what you see on film is how her lawyer was inept in defending Wournos. Bloomfield shows how people who knew Wuornos tried to cash in on her infamy. For what it is, it's a pretty well made documentary on the case and it also shows the cracks as to how the people tried to make money off of her crimes, which is wrong. This is an entertaining film for viewers interested in the case. However to others, they may want to pass it up as this is a hard watch in terms of it subject. Nick Bloomfield crafts a terrific documentary here, one that helps you understand the mind of a killer. The film follows the case clearly, and it is a film that is riveting for what it tries to accomplish. Aileen Wuornos is infamous for her crimes, and this documentary shows us exactly the gravity of what she did. Also, the fact that people tried to make money off her infamy is disgusting and it is yet another prime example of sensationalism for the wrong reasons. Bloomfield direction is very good, the interviews are chilling, and it's a film that tells one part of Wournos' case. Nick Bloomfield would later conclude the Aileen Wuornos story with a follow up film, called Life and Death of a Serial Killer. This part just focuses on her conviction and how the people around her tried to profit from it.
November 19, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Nice script exploiting the crimes of an allegedly first lady serial killer, and shading light on her impression of this evil world. Even her lawyer and adopted mother are greedy opportunists in her opinion. It's amazing how most people believe this as a reality than a scripted work. (Of course, she's a murderer, but the lawyer and mother's part are somewhat woven out.) Aileen's interview is pushed to the end of the FILM, thereby maintaining the ace in the hole.
March 9, 2012

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Bad enough that Aileen Wuornos took eight lives, but to see the collection of buzzards, leeches and assorted slime that assembled to profit from her pending execution is sickening. The worst of the lot is her sleazebag attorney, auctioning off interviews at $20,000 a pop. There is a stink here that won't wash.
December 5, 2009
Randy Tippy

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Hmm, this documentary is a bit of a mess. It feels like Nick Broomfield wanted to make an informative piece about the life and crimes of Aileen Wuornos and was forced to switch focus to the supporting players because the star wouldn't leave her dressing room for an interview. Sure, it's interesting enough watching these opportunistic vultures feathering their nests but this isn't the really the story we're looking for, is it? The film has also been weakened in places by the turn of events that followed. For example, the chilling description of an electric chair execution now seems redundant because, of course, Wuornos was executed by lethal injection. My favourite moment is when Broomfield and his crew finally go in to meet Wuornos and the prison guard asks him whether he has any secret cameras hidden in his belt. Broomfield's wry reply: "Er, no. I just have this rather large one, right here."
September 9, 2009

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