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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

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Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aileen Wuornos ... Herself
Nick Broomfield ... Himself
Terry Humphreys-Slay Terry Humphreys-Slay ... Herself - Her Father was Killed by Wuornos (archive footage)
Leitha Prather Leitha Prather ... Herself - Victim's Sister (archive footage) (as Leitha Prater)
Shirley Humphreys Shirley Humphreys ... Herself - Victim's Widow (archive footage)
Joe Hobson Joe Hobson ... Himself - Wuornos' Attorney
Steve Glazer Steve Glazer ... Himself - Wuornos' Former Attorney
Arlene Pralle Arlene Pralle ... Herself - Wuornos' Adoptive Mother (archive footage)
Dawn Botkins Dawn Botkins ... Herself - Wuornos' Best Friend
Tyria Moore Tyria Moore ... Herself - Wuornos' Former Lover (archive footage)
Uriel Blount Uriel Blount ... Herself (archive footage) (as Judge Muriel Blount)
Danny Caldwell Danny Caldwell ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jerry Moss Jerry Moss ... Himself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Michelle Chauvin Michelle Chauvin ... Herself - Wuornos' Childhood Friend / Witness
Jeb Bush ... Himself - Governor of Florida (archive footage)
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This documentary looks at Aileen Wuornos convicted of killing 7 men while working as a prostitute in Florida. This is actually the second Wuornos documentary made by this group the first being Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992). With her execution now on the horizon Nick Broomfield returns to Florida to complete the story. Her argument has always been that the killings were in self-defense but she eventually pleaded no contest or guilty to most of the murders. Broomfield was able to film several interviews which reveals her state of mind and puts into question her mental competence. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for language, including violent and sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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English

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (UK) See more »

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Aileen: Bir Seri Katilin Yaşamı ve Ölümü See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,158, 11 January 2004

Gross USA:

$97,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,362
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Aileen Wuornos: I'm tired of this re-election jazz, they're just trying to get promotional... ladder-climbing... political prestige from this, and I'm sick and tired of this. I'll probably get three more death row sentences, then I got to go to Pasco, and Dixon for two more death row... how many times you gotta kill me?
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Mostly fascinating
11 January 2004 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Nick Broomfield's second Aileen Wuernos doco (with Joan Churchill) does not walk the same hallways as the first, but it explores how the first, "The Selling of a Serial Killer", impacted the serial killer's mostly miserable life.

Wuernos's claim that the police department left her alone to kill so that they could ultimately sell the story rights to Hollywood is given a lot of play here. Broomfield doesn't take it up any further with the cops themselves (he did some of that in the original doc), but he does include fascinating footage of his own experience as a documentary "witness" to the dope smoking of "Dr. Legal", Aileen's first lawyer.

Aileen's final speech, almost directly to camera, is powerful and raw, much like the rest of this doco.

Some material feels whipped to death, but the revelations about the killer's childhood (at thirteen, after giving birth, she lived in the woods behind her house during a snowy winter) certainly help us to understand her better.

Worth seeing, but I feel that it would work better on the small screen.


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