A tale of hubris, sex, and power, Client 9 takes an in-depth look at the rapid rise and dramatic fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Nicknamed "The Sheriff of Wall Street," when he was NY's Attorney General, Eliot 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, shockingly, Spitzer's meteoric rise turned into a precipitous fall 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.
“Emerging from the shadows of previous media reporting to appear”—and in some cases sneer”—in front of Gibney's unblinking cameras are a host of characters that would make Dickens weep with joy.”—The Hollywood Reporter
Official Selection—TORONTO International Film Festival
Official Selection—TRIBECA Film Festival